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Year 9 Geography Field Trip

On Friday, 31 May, the Year 9 Semester 1 Geography classes travelled to Toolangi State Forest. The purpose of the field trip was to participate in data gathering to support our unit  on Biomes and Food Security.

The girls worked in two groups and each group conducted field work data collection at two different sites. The first site was an area that had been recently clear-felled, the second was an area of forest which had been untouched by log harvesting and fire for at least eighty years.

The students were interested in the effects of timber harvesting on a variety of environmental factors. Using appropriate technology and equipment, they recorded data on soil temperature, soil pH, air temperature, wind velocity and light levels. All data collected was taken back to class for analysis. 

However, upon first glance of the information collected, it seemed clear to the students that logging in a temperate forest environment has significant impacts on the aspects we measured in this type of biome. This, in turn, has broader consequences in terms of the intricacies of the Toolangi State Forest ecosystem, the region as a valuable water catchment and the future viability of the logging industry.

Despite the very challenging weather conditions on the day, the field trip was very successful. Students gained valuable insights into a much debated example of interaction between humans and the natural environment. They also saw and measured, first hand, the impacts that timber harvesting can have on a temperate forest ecosystem. 

Students were accompanied by Year 9 Geography teachers, Mr. Matt Coghlan and Mr. Alan Anderson. Many thanks to Ms. Jen Casey, who also helped out on the day. 


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