Courses of Study: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grade 9 - 12, Urban Forestry, 2009

1.) Describe career opportunities in urban forest management.

2.) Identify arborist safety standards, including International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) regulations.

3.) Describe climbing equipment used by arborists, including saddles, lanyards, snaps, and ascenders.

•  Demonstrating various types of knots and hitches used by arborists
•  Comparing types of ropes used by arborists
4.) Compare rigging techniques used by arborists.

Examples: rope positioning, false crotch, speed lining

•  Explaining tensile strength, working loads, and shock loads of ropes used by arborists
•  Identifying rigging equipment used by arborists
Examples: carabiners, slings, block and tackle, figure-eight descenders, lowering devices

5.) Identify tree-climbing techniques.

6.) Compare management strategies for urban forests.

7.) Compare tree removal methods.

8.) Explain reasons for cabling and bracing a tree.

•  Describing the equipment needed for cabling and bracing a tree
•  Demonstrating tree cabling and bracing techniques
9.) Explain reasons for tree pruning.

•  Demonstrating tree pruning cuts
•  Identifying the appropriate time for pruning trees
•  Identifying types of tree pruning tools
10.) Design a landscape plan for a wooded environment.

•  Describing skills needed in wooded landscaping
11.) Describe major tree disorders.

•  Examining tree growth and structure
•  Identifying tree defense systems
12.) Identify insects, diseases, parasites, and weeds that afflict trees.

•  Describing pest management in urban forestry, including mechanical treatment, biological treatment, chemical treatment, and genetically engineered resistance