Two Green Apple School Program grants for North Hastings HS

Congratulations to North Hastings High School, recipient of two Green Apple School Program grants of $1,000 each! Applications were submitted by teachers Colleen Drew-Baehre and Carl Ziebarth, for a brook trout stream survey and a sustainable forest management project. Both will be completed by students in the Northern Environmental Research and Development Studies during second semester.

Brook trout stream survey

This study will assist with fisheries management in the Bancroft area.

Through this project, students will:

  • learn about cold stream ecology, and threats to fish habitat and biodiversity by examining remedial measures that can be taken to restore dwindling habitats and populations;
  • be trained to identify key features of natural brook trout streams;
  • inventory cold water streams thought to contain natural brook trout, examine species diversity, indicators of stream health, and the presence or absence of brook trout, using a provincially-recognized protocol; and
  • prepare a report for local the Ministry of Natural Resources branch which will be added to provincial base of information and used to determine future stocking and egg collection.

Sustainable forest management project
North Hastings High School is in an area that is largely forested by mixed hardwoods. Many of our students live on forested properties or will be forest landowners someday.

Through this project, students will:

  • learn about sustainable forest management by completing a detailed inventory and analysis of a central Ontario woodlot;
  • use research to develop a forest management plan for this tract of land, which takes into account biodiversity, endangered species, and sustainable use of forest resources;
  • mark, using provincial tree marking guidelines, a tract of land which will be managed and harvested sustainably;
  • practice tree, forest plant and animal identification, to become competent in this field;
  • complete a forest ecosystem inventory;
  • prepare a forest management plan for a central Ontario woodlot using A Guide to Stewardship Planning for Natural Areas (Ontario Ministry Natural Resources, 2006) as the primary outline;
  • use provincial tree marking guidelines to mark trees for harvest
  • prepare a  timber cruise report and a 20-year forest management plan will be produced.

North Hastings High School offers two Specialist High Skills Majors, one in Forestry and one in Environment, where students learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies. The students acquire the skills, certifications and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas. NHHS also offers numerous Cooperative Education opportunities including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.

The Green Apple School Program, sponsored by Metro Inc., provides grants to schools which actively participate in environmental stewardship.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]


Last updated: March 26, 2018 at 10:11 am
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