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Show Me the Money: Promoting Sustainable Forests in the South

This article is from Issue Show Me the Money - Vol. 1 No. 4.

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"Science Topics" covered in this article:
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • People and Science

"Environmental Topics" covered in this article:
  • Forest and Grassland Use (Educators)
  • Growing and Using Trees and Other Plants (Students)
  • Importance of Forest to People (Students)
  • Protecting Trees and Other Plants (Students)
  • The Value of Forests and Grasslands (Educators)

"Thinking About Science Themes" covered in this article:
One way that social scientists try to understand people is to ask them questions. For some studies, social scientists ask questions that are like multiple choice questions except that there is no right or wrong answer. People answer based on how they feel or what they believe to be true for themselves. You have probably answered questions like this before. For other studies, the scientists ask questions to find out how much people agree or disagree with a statement or how satisfied or dissatisfied they are with something. When a survey asks for information in a format like this, the format is called a Likert (lək ərt) scale. Likert scales usually include numbers. For example, 1 may mean you strongly disagree and 4 may mean you strongly agree. Likert scales can have a range of numbers. Some may only have three numbers; others may have five or more numbers. In this research, the scientists used Likert scales to gather information from people. When Likert scales are used, the numbers are used to show how people feel about certain topics.
Specific "Thinking About Science" Themes:
  • Characteristics of Scientists
  • The Scientific Process

"Thinking About Environmental Themes" covered in this article:
Forest land belongs to many types of owners. Some of the forest land in the South is owned by Federal or State governments and is managed on behalf of the citizens. Most forest land in the South, however, is privately owned. Private owners include individuals, families, organizations, and businesses. Regardless of who owns forest land, it is a good idea to take care of it so that it can stay healthy into the future. This is the goal of sustainable forestry. Sustainable forestry means that forests are managed so that the environmental, economic, and social needs of today can be met without hurting these needs for future generations. Federal and State governments have developed programs to encourage private forest landowners to practice sustainable forestry. They have done this because sometimes it is more difficult or it may cost more to practice sustainable forestry. These programs often provide landowners with free advice, information, and assistance. They may also provide payments to cover some of the costs of practicing sustainable forestry. Sometimes the programs help private landowners by reducing the amount of property taxes owed if the landowner practices sustainable forestry. The goal of these programs is to encourage private landowners to take care of their land today so that it will continue to be healthy into the future.
Specific "Thinking About the Environment" Themes:
  • Forest Community
  • Human impact on natural resources
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Forestry

NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Populations and ecosystems (C)
  • Science and technology in society (F)
  • Science as a human endeavor (G)
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)