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WOODLAND RESTORATION INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP > HOW TO RESTORE WOODLAND AT YOUR SCHOOL > STUDY THE SITE > SLOPE ASPECT

 

Slope aspect, or the direction the slope faces the sun is important to know when selecting plants. Direction of slope has a direct influence on sunlight and wind exposure.

Slopes facing south receive the most sunlight and tend to be hot and dry.

West facing slopes receive afternoon sun and are exposed to prevailing winds.

South and west facing slopes are usually harsher environments for plants.

North facing slopes receive the least amount of sunlight and are usually cool and damp. East facing slopes receive morning sunlight and are sheltered from prevailing winds.

 

Materials needed:

  • compass
  • site map
  • clipboards and pencils


Directions:

  1. Observe and/or use your compass to calculate the aspects of significant slopes on your site.
  2. Record information on an overlay map.