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Managing Salmon to Support Healthy Forests: Session 2


In this lesson plan, students address the impact of unsustainable fishing practices, as applied to the case of salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. In session 1, they simulate variation in nutrient input by comparing growth of plants with different concentrations of fish-based fertilizer control. In session 2, students test a simple, computer-based interactive population model to estimate sustainable salmon harvest. Extra sessions will be needed to conduct some of the extend options.


  • Forests provide many benefits, including net production of oxygen.
  • Salmon is a popular and healthy food source.
  • Healthy forests filter water.
  • Wood and paper come from forests.
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