Classroom In Forest For Pike County Students


By Sarah Cantey

Today some Pike County students called the forest their classroom.  This is the first year different natural resource agencies came together to put on the program for 200 fifth graders for the county schools and Pike Liberal Arts. It's a hands on approach to teach them about forestry, pond management, erosion and tree identification. 

Instructors hoped getting them out of the classroom would get them excited forestry, which is one of Alabama's largest industries. 
Some of the classes also did an in class portion before hitting the outdoors. Students learned about what different products are made from trees to help them think outside of the box about the importance of the forest. 
Rachel Snoddy, 4-H regional extension agent said, "They don't normally think about how important forests are and how important it is to conserve our water and take care of our ponds and lakes and rivers. So it's really important they learn these things so maybe they can join the industry when they get older."
The forest industry is actually the state's second largest manufacturing industry. Latest numbers posted by the Alabama forestry commission show more than $12 billion worth of products are produced in a year. 

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