Carbon is the sixth element of the periodic table and the fourth most abundant element in our solar system, only surpassed by hydrogen, helium and oxygen. It is a non-metal, colourless, odourless in low concentrations, and is represented by the chemical symbol ‘C’.

Carbon is the major component of non-living things including coal, charcoal, and diamonds, as well as living things including trees that contain approximately 50% (by dry weight). Even the human body is 18% carbon (by mass)!

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Carbon and Forests

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

Carbon stored in Australian Forests

Information on carbon storage, carbon sequestration and carbon trading.

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Forestry Matters!

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

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The carbon cycle.

Charts and information on the carbon cycle.

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Trees for carbon sequestration

This factsheet discusses what is carbon sequestration, how to estimate carbon sequestration, carbon accounting and more.

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Australian Forests poster

View all the types of forests across Australia.

 

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Forests and Carbon - Grow, Harvest Store

Use this poster to explain the the carbon cycle.

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Carbon and its storage in forest and wood products

Class activities on carbon, cycling & storage.

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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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Forestry Matters!

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

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Forests, timber and climate change- Factsheet and Worksheet

Worksheet and factsheet to guide discussion on forests, timber and the greenhouse effect. 

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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.

Tree tape for kids

A downloadable tree measuring tape for children which translates how much CO2 absorbed in the tree into the amount of activities rather than grams of CO2, e.g. 1 hour on a flight or 2 days of breathing.

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.

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Climate change and forestry

Discover more about climate change and forestry at LandLearn NSW.

Forestry Matters! website

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

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.

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. 
 

Tree tape for kids

A downloadable tree measuring tape for children which translates how much CO2 absorbed in the tree into the amount of activities rather than grams of CO2, e.g. 1 hour on a flight or 2 days of breathing.

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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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.

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Going Bush - Innovative ways of keeping the home fires burning

We investigate the future of timber production . not using a crystal ball but armed with Forestry Tasmania's Innovation Plan. The on-going challenge of getting more from less has Forestry Tasmania looking further into maximising returns from its resource by increasing recovery rates from logs and investigating a range of new engineered timber products and rayon production for clothing.

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Greenhouse footprint of wood products

Join researcher Fabiano Ximenes as he talks about wood, carbon and climate change.

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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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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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