Advanced Placement Environmental Studies


 How do Trees & Forests contribute to sustainability in Massachusetts?

In 2012-2013,Suttons Envirothon team will investigate what trees and forests can contribute to Massachusetts This year, Mass Envirothon teams will explore nearby woodlands large and small, consider street trees in new ways, use maps and other information sources, and talk with a variety of resource people to answer such questions as:


· What is the character and extent of forests in our urban, suburban, exurban, and rural communities?


· What makes a forest system ecologically sound? How do we measure forest health?


· How do we use forests? What ecosystem services do trees and forests provide to our particular community?


· What uses are compatible? How intensively can we use forest resources and still expect the same uses in the future?


· What changes have happened in forests in the local landscape over the past 100 years?


· How will changing climate affect Massachusetts forests and the ecosystem services they provide?


· How do we make decisions about forests and our use of them? How can we protect this green infrastructure? Who are the resource people and decision-makers?


· Going forward, how can we best manage our use of the forest in our communities? How can we be involved?


SEFT funded materials needed in some of the goals:


·         Design a brochure and an Elm Kit to explain the need to preserve the American elm  tree and present to grade three students

·         Show students how to use forests in an appropriate manner

·         Develop a tree guide for second grade students to use at the nature trail

·         Research and design a Sutton forest guide to display at the high school, library and at the Ma Envirothon competition to explain the needs of Sutton forest

·         Celebrate Earth Day and plant two trees on the Sutton grounds

·         Design signs at the nature trail so students can identify common Massachusetts trees with field guides