Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?

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Description: This book was written to bridge the knowledge gap that often exists among young children between protecting trees and using wooden products. It describes various reasons why trees are often cut down, including disease, pests and forest management considerations and highlights the fact that trees are renewable resources. A guide on how to plant a tree and tree care resources are also included.
Author/Producer: Written by Roberta Burzynski, illustrated by Juliette Watts, published by the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
Topic Areas Covered: Forest management, trees, forest products
Resource Type: Book
For Grade Levels: 1-3
Publication Date: 2013
Length: 42 pages
Cost: Free PDF download available here
Hard copies may also be purchased for $10 each within the U.S., $14 each internationally.
Is It Available For Loan? No
Is Training Necessary? No
Language: English
Educational or Informational: Educational
Recommended Enhancements: Trees Are Renewable! Mini-Curriculum
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Author/Producer Contact: USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
Address: 11 Campus Boulevard, Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone: (610) 557-4225

Our Message & Evaluation Criteria

  • Everything is made from natural resources and natural resources must come from somewhere.
  • The gathering and processing of all natural resources have environmental impacts.
  • Responsible production and use of wood - a renewable resource - is environmentally sound.

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