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Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Forest Ecosystems

Each year, the contest takes on two ecosystems, on a four-year rotation. The ecosystems for 2022 are Bottomland Hardwoods and Sandhills

At this station, Juniors and Intermediates will answer multiple-choice questions about each ecosystem. Here is a sample multiple choice question:

All plants native to bottomland hardwood forests:

A. only survive in dry conditions
B. survive in both wet and dry conditions
C. do not lose their leaves in winter
D. are toxic to wildlife

In addition, Intermediates will be asked multiple choice questions that reference identifying characteristics of the four representative plant species for each ecosystem. The species that Intermediates need to know for each ecosystem are shown in the table below.

To prepare, Juniors should read the Forest Story about adventures in each of their designated ecosystems. Intermediates should read the informative text about their designated ecosystems, and also study the website descriptions of the four plant species for each ecosystem.

Different Ecosystems and Species Found in Each

Note: Ecosystems for the 2022 Contest are Bottomland Hardwoods and Sandhills.

We are updating the stories for Juniors and informational text for Intermediates. Please check back soon!