Interactions Within Ecosystems
Terms to know and apply:
succession primary succession secondary succession
pioneer species climax community silvaculture
natural resources biodiversity endangered
extinct native species introduced species
renewable resources sustainable/unsustainable pollutants
acid rain eco-tourism environmental impact assessment
Be able to:
1. Identify changes that have occurred in a local ecosystem over time.
2. Predict what an ecosystem will look like in the future based on the characteristics of the
3. Distinguish between primary and secondary succession.
4. Construct a flow chart of images to illustrate the changes occurring during primary and
secondary succession. Include:
bare rock to forest (primary)
forest re-growth after fire (secondary)
5. Describe the ecosystem changes that occur in the examples above. Include:
amount of light
6. Describe how our need for a continuous supply of wood resulted in the development of
7. Make informed decisions about forest harvesting techniques taking into account the
environmental advantages and disadvantages.
8. Provide examples of how our understanding of boreal forest ecology has influenced our
harvesting practices identifying the positive effects of these practices.
9. Identify various science- and technology-based careers related to forest management and
10. Propose and defend a course of action to protect the local habitat of a particular organism.
11. Describe how humans have influenced the environment. Include:
12. Debate the pros and cons of habitat conservation.
sustainability of resource
preservation of biodiversity
economic loss (job loss, etc.)
limited human use
13. Provide examples of problems that arise in the environment that cannot be solved using
only scientific or technological knowledge. Include:
decline in cod stocks
14. Be able to give examples of individuals or groups in Canada interested in protecting the
local groups and individuals
national groups and individuals
international groups and individuals