Carbon is cycled through ecosystems in several different forms; through living things, the soil, water and atmosphere. It has a tendency to be attracted to oxygen and form gaseous compounds such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO), both considered to be air pollutants which contribute to climate change.

Carbon dioxide (gas) is removed from the atmosphere by trees through the chemical process of photosynthesis. Light energy is required to stimulate this process. Oxygen is released back into the air as a by-product and animals are dependent upon this for their survival.

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Carbon and Forests

This resource discusses the carbon cycle, carbon capture in forests and the changes in the cycle.

South West native forests in Western Australia - an overview

An overview of Western Australia's native forest resource in the south west produced by the Forest Products Commission. It highlights the sustainable harvesting program, being less than 1% of the total 2.25 million hectares annually, followed by replanting. The significant benefits of using this renewable resource includes employment, wood supply, forest health, carbon capture and energy efficiency.  

The carbon cycle.

Charts and information on the carbon cycle.

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Forests and Carbon - Grow, Harvest Store

Use this poster to explain the the carbon cycle.

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Cumberland State Forest Tour - Carbon Science Lesson Plan and Student Worksheet

This lesson plan takes Yr 7-10 Science students through the Cumberland State Forest. The outcomes of the lesson is a recognition that living things depend upon each other and on their environments.

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Cumberland State Forest tour- Yr 11 Earth and Environmental Science

This lesson plan takes Year 11 Earth Science students through the Cumberland State Forest.  The focus is on the local environment and the properties of local soils affect the local biological environment.
 
Students learn to:

  • Analyse the ways in which the vegetation of an area can be influenced by soil composition and climate
  • Relate the presence of particular animals in the local environment to their requirements within the local environment.
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Going Bush - Forest’s role in the carbon equation - Worksheet & answers

Student worksheet with sample answers to accompany the Going Bush video 'Forest's role in the carbon equation'. Students will learn about equipment used in the field to measure carbon fluxes, and how actively growing forests store carbon and assist in climate change mitigation. They will learn how fires cause net losses of carbon to the atmosphere, and therefore the importance of active management for preventing catostrophic fires.

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How is carbon stored in trees and wood products?

To understand how carbon is stored and cycled in trees, students need firstly to have a look at the properties of carbon. They will also learn how to use formulas for calculating carbon storage, and understand that some carbon is lost during processing andmanufacturing, while most is recovered and used, then stored for the life of wood products.
 

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Planet Ark - Schools Tree day

Each year in July, around 2500 schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Become involved.

Tackle climate change, use wood

This website provides a downloadable video and information book on how using wood helps tackle climate change, produced by the British Columbian Forestry Climate Change Working Group in Canada. It discusses how wood products store carbon for the life of a product, and if used as a substitute to replace fossil fuel intensive materials such as concrete and steel, it helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Wood is a renewable, recyclable, and sustainable natural product for the long term.

Wild Forest Adventure Activity Book

Wild Forest Adventure is an activity based companion booklet especially designed for use with the Forests NSW website.

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Wild Forest Adventure online game

The Wild Forest Adventure section has been especially designed for students, to provide interesting and relevant information about the forest environment, in a stimulating and fun way.

Wood: Art, Design, Architecture. An Education Pack

WOOD: art design architecture: an education kit with information and exercises relevant to your curriculum, the kit is an easy-to-use guide for teachers and students across a range of art and design disciplines.

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Carbon - Looking beyond the trees

Watch this video on the carbon cycle and discover how wood sotres carbon.

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Going Bush - Forest's role in the carbon equation

The boys talk to a trio of carbon specialists about the part forests and its products can play in the fight against global warming. They see how it’s measured in Victoria’s Wombat Forest and hear how storage of carbon in forests should be compared to a dam, with inputs from growing trees and regular withdrawals especially for timber to replace fossil-fuel intensive materials, rather than simply locked away.

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Planet Ark's carbon sequestration video

Video to showcase the role of trees in carbon sequestration, developed by Planet Ark

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Planet Ark - Schools Tree day

Each year in July, around 2500 schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Become involved.

Planet Ark's Make It Wood - Do Your World Some Good

This website developed by Planet Ark provides a wealth of information regarding sustainably sourced timber.

Tackle climate change, use wood

This website provides a downloadable video and information book on how using wood helps tackle climate change, produced by the British Columbian Forestry Climate Change Working Group in Canada. It discusses how wood products store carbon for the life of a product, and if used as a substitute to replace fossil fuel intensive materials such as concrete and steel, it helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Wood is a renewable, recyclable, and sustainable natural product for the long term.

The story of carbon.

Carbie the carbon atom is not happy. It is getting crowded in the atmosphere causing it to warm up. Carbie is looking for a better place to be. This interactive game allows you to choose between the ocean, coal, trees and wood products and learn how carbon is stored in each of these environments. 
 

Wood.Naturally Better

Wood. Naturally Better.™ is a program designed to help professionals and consumers understand how they can play a part in tackling climate change by using one of the most natural materials – wood.

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Carbon - Looking beyond the trees

Watch this video on the carbon cycle and discover how wood sotres carbon.

To watch this video

Going Bush - Forest's role in the carbon equation

The boys talk to a trio of carbon specialists about the part forests and its products can play in the fight against global warming. They see how it’s measured in Victoria’s Wombat Forest and hear how storage of carbon in forests should be compared to a dam, with inputs from growing trees and regular withdrawals especially for timber to replace fossil-fuel intensive materials, rather than simply locked away.

To watch this video

Going Bush - Forest’s role in the carbon equation - Worksheet & answers

Student worksheet with sample answers to accompany the Going Bush video 'Forest's role in the carbon equation'. Students will learn about equipment used in the field to measure carbon fluxes, and how actively growing forests store carbon and assist in climate change mitigation. They will learn how fires cause net losses of carbon to the atmosphere, and therefore the importance of active management for preventing catostrophic fires.

To download this file

Planet Ark's carbon sequestration video

Video to showcase the role of trees in carbon sequestration, developed by Planet Ark

To watch this video

Tackle climate change, use wood

This website provides a downloadable video and information book on how using wood helps tackle climate change, produced by the British Columbian Forestry Climate Change Working Group in Canada. It discusses how wood products store carbon for the life of a product, and if used as a substitute to replace fossil fuel intensive materials such as concrete and steel, it helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Wood is a renewable, recyclable, and sustainable natural product for the long term.

The story of carbon.

Carbie the carbon atom is not happy. It is getting crowded in the atmosphere causing it to warm up. Carbie is looking for a better place to be. This interactive game allows you to choose between the ocean, coal, trees and wood products and learn how carbon is stored in each of these environments. 
 

Wild Forest Adventure online game

The Wild Forest Adventure section has been especially designed for students, to provide interesting and relevant information about the forest environment, in a stimulating and fun way.

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South West native forests in Western Australia - an overview

An overview of Western Australia's native forest resource in the south west produced by the Forest Products Commission. It highlights the sustainable harvesting program, being less than 1% of the total 2.25 million hectares annually, followed by replanting. The significant benefits of using this renewable resource includes employment, wood supply, forest health, carbon capture and energy efficiency.  

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