Take a Walk in the Woods and Learn about Your Forests in Northwest Montana

Saturday, May 12, 2018, Trumbull Creek Educational Forest, Columbia Falls, MT

May 12th, 2018 for families and May 7 thru May 11th, 2018 for 5th graders

Forest Management

The instructors at this station identify the major forest owners and discuss their responsibilities. They identify some of the factors that effect a tree’s health and growth. The instructors then lead a walking tour of the surrounding area to see these factors at work. They show students cookies from trees which grew under different conditions and how to plant seedlings to reforest an area.

logging-demonstrationThe instructors, also, teach and show you how disease, insects, and fire can help or kill the trees. Disease can help the forest by making homes for birds or it can kill trees by making them unhealthy so they fall to the ground. Insects can kill trees by eating the heart of the tree.

You will learn some unusual things at the Forestry Expo. Like there is a special bug trap that looks like funnels stacked on top of each other, or that fires can help the forest because some trees need heat for their seeds to be able to grow.

Another interesting fact is that spruce bugs have pheromones and the female and male spruce bugs attract each other to a tree which is like Tag (a body spray) works. Foresters use this fact to attract bugs to their traps.