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Forests and their impact on water quality and quantity

Lesson Overview:

This lesson has been written for year 12 Agriculture for the NSW BOSTES Stage 6 Agriculture syllabus, but is applicable to other states.  It provides students with a brief introduction to some of the impacts forestry has on waterways.

Students will:

  • complete an annotated diagram (using online research) to highlight some of the negative and positive effects of this industry,
  • complete a table relating to the changes to groundwater and stream flows that can be attributed to various features of a plantation forest, and
  • be able to draw on their class work of other agricultural practices and their impacts on water quality and quantity and combine these with their study of plantations to complete an extended response question.

Year Level/s:


Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Agriculture Yr 11 & 12

National Curriculum Codes:


Strand Content Description:

Agriculture Yr 11 & 12

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Literacy, Personal and Social Capabilities

Cross Curriculum Priorities:


Curriculum Connections:

Science, Science - Earth and Environmental Science

ScOT Catalogue Terms:

Agriculture, Effluent, Environmental Management, Erosion, Fertilisers, Forest farming, Forest management, Forestry, Forests, Irrigation, Resource Management, Sediment transport, Water catchment area, Water Cycle, Water quality, Water Resources, Water supply


Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Activity


Forests and their impact on water quality and quantity

Teacher Resource

Teacher Guide: Forests and their impact on water quality and quantity

This lesson is a brief introduction to some of the impacts that forestry can have on waterways. Contains: - Introductory fact sheet on water quality and quantity and the effects of plantations on each. - Activity 1, 2 and 3 outlines - References - Resources - Sample Answers

File Size: 570.37 kb
File Type: PDF


Student Resource

Student Workbook

A photocopiable student workbook to accompany the lesson and leanings. Contains an introductory fact sheet on forests and water, Activity 1-3 outlines including questions and space for answers, website links needed, Annotated diagram template, blank table for features that cause changes to groundwater flow in forestry, areas, and references.

File Size: 623.21 kb
File Type: PDF


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