Earth Partnership for Schools

WOODLAND RESTORATION INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP > HOW TO RESTORE WOODLAND AT YOUR SCHOOL > SELECT WOODLAND MODELS TO RESTORE > SELECTING WOODLAND MODELS USING EXISTING VEGETATION

 

Background:

In this step, you will determine, based on the existing native vegetation or pine plantation, which woodland community model is best suited to the site.

 

Materials Needed :  

 

Directions:

  1. Review your inventory of the native trees and shrubs growing on your site.
  2. Enter the trees or shrubs at your site in the woodland database
  3. Print copies of possible community plant lists.
  4. Complete the "A Good Fit" activity to determine a suitable woodland, based on your plant inventory and the site characteristics. 
  5. If you are working with a pine plantation, the selection becomes more complicated.  Typical species in a plantation are white and red pines, species naturally found in large areas of northern Wisconsin.  These species seldom grow naturally in southeast Wisconsin.  Schools located in northern Wisconsin, need only to diversify the planting  Schools located in southeast Wisconsin hace options to consider.  A school may decide to continue maintaining a northern corest community.   In this case, students would select associated species that will survive on their site.  A significant number of northern woodland understory species will not adapt to the climate of southern Wisconsin, therefore, the diversity will be lower.  Another option is to continually remove pines and replace them with appropriate southern woodland species.  You may need professional assistance to develop an effective plan.