• Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)

Forests and their impact on water quality and quantity

Forests and their impact on water quality and quantity

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.



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 supp