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Forestry Sample Test Questions

  1. Identify the following points on the tree cookie/cross section. Provide the correct name of the part and its function.

  2. Forests are comprised of coniferous and deciduous trees. Please define each term and give two examples of these tree types/classifications.

  3. List 5 environmental benefits from trees.

  4. Wood constitutes an important part of the lives of people worldwide. In the United States alone, each individual (man, woman, or child) uses over 2,000 lbs of wood products per year. Please list 4 products derived from each of the following tree components. 








    Gums & Resins

  5. Trees are also important in providing for humans and wildlife. Please list 5 foods that are produced in forests.

  6. Ecological succession is the gradual change in plant and animal communities over time. Primary and Secondary succession are apparent in Massachusetts forests. In what state of succession is this forest? Explain how you made that assessment.

  7. In a Secondary Succession, identify the plant/tree species in each stage (list 2 examples) and offer wildlife examples that are dependent upon this stage (list 2 examples).

  8. Tree species have a complex set of habitat requirements that foresters often call the "Four Factors of Site" (i.e., climate, location, soil composition, and animal interactions). Please list these requirements for three of the 5 marked species.

  9. The evolution of a forest ecosystem is affected by human and natural factors. Please identify which of the following are natural factors affecting succession. 






    Volcanic Eruption

    Road Building


  10. The forest habitat can be symbiotic or competitive. Symbiotic - forming a relationship in which one organism or both can benefit from the actions or characteristics of the other. Competitive - where one organism thrives at the expense of another. Offer 2 examples of each relationship relative to the site before you.

  11. Forest ecology is the study of the complex interactions between the organic and inorganic elements of a forest ecosystem. Define/explain organic and inorganic and provide 2 examples of each as they relate to the forest ecosystem.

  12. What role does the nutrient cycle play in the forest ecosystem?

  13. Explain photosynthesis as it relates to the lifecycle of a tree? (Use a diagram and language to complete your answer)

  14. Identify the 4 life zones in forest stratification. Define them and offer wildlife examples.

  15. Using the information provided in the Forest Resources documents, what would provide a greater financial return to the landowner if this area were harvested? Explain your answer.



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