Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Forestry Merit Badge






  1. Prepare a field notebook, make a collection, and identify 15 species of trees, wild shrubs, or vines in a local forested area. Write a description in which you identify and discuss the following:
        A. The characteristics of leaf, twig, cone, or fruiting bodies
        B. The habitat in which these trees, shrubs or vines are found.
        C. The important ways each tree, shrub, or vine is used by humans or wildlife and whether the species
              is native or was introduced to the area. If it is not native, explain whether it is considered invasive or
              potentially invasive.
  2. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Collect and identify wood samples of 10 species of trees. List several ways the wood of each
              species can be used.
        B. Find and examine three stumps, logs, or core samples that show variations in the growth rate of
              their ring patterns. In the field notebook you prepared for requirement 1, describe the location or
              origin of each example (including elevation, aspect, slope, and the position on the slope), and
              discuss possible reasons for the variations in growth rate. Photograph or sketch each example.
        C. Find and examine two types of animal, insect, or damage on trees. In the field notebook you
              prepared for requirement 1, identify the damage, explain how the damage was caused, and
              describe the effects of the damage on the trees. Photograph or sketch each example.
  3. Do the following:
        A. Describe contributions forests make to:
            1. Our economy in the form of products.
            2. Our social well-being, including recreation
            3. Soil protection and increased fertility.
            4. Clean water.
            5. Clean air. (carbon cycling, sequestration)
            6. Wildlife habitat
            7. Fisheries habitat
            8. Threatened and endangered species of plants and animals
        B. Tell which watershed or other source your community relies on for its water supply.
  4. Describe what forest management means, including the following:
        A. Multiple-use management
        B. Sustainable forest management
        C. Even-aged and uneven-aged management and silvicultural systems associated with each type.
        D. Intermediate cuttings.
        E. The role of prescribed burning and related forest management practices.
  5. With your parent's and counselor's approval, do ONE of the following:
        A. Visit a managed public or private forest area with its manager or a forester familiar with it. Write a
              brief report describing the type of forest, the management objectives, and the forestry techniques
              used to achieve the objectives.
        B. Take a trip to a logging operation or wood-using industrial plant and write a brief report describing:
            1. The species and size of trees being harvested or used and the location of the harvest area or
            2. The origin of the forest or stands of trees being utilized (e.g., planted or natural)
            3. The forest's successional stage. What is its future?
            4. Where the trees are coming from (land ownership) or where they are going (type of mill or
                  processing plant)
            5. The products that are made from the trees
            6. How the products are made and used.
            7. How waste materials from the logging operation or manufacturing plant are disposed of or utilized.
        C. Take part in a forest-fire prevention campaign in cooperation with your local fire warden, state wildfire
              agency, forester, or counselor. Write a brief report describing the campaign, how it will help prevent
              wildfires, and your part in it.
  6. Do the following:
        A. Describe the consequences to forests that result from FIVE of the following elements: wildfire,
              absence of fire, insects, tree diseases, air pollution, overgrazing, deer or other wildlife
              overpopulation, improper harvest, and urbanization.
        B. Explain what can be done to reduce the consequences you discussed in 6a.
        C. Describe what you should do if you discover a forest fire and how a professional firefighting crew
              might control it. Name your state or local wildfire control agency.
  7. Visit one or more local foresters and write a brief report about the person (or persons). Or, write about a forester's occupation including the education, qualifications, career opportunities, and duties related to forestry.

Forestry Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.