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Forestry Study Guide


Students are expected to:

  • Identify common trees without a key and identify specific or unusual species of trees or shrubs through the use of a key

  • Understand forest ecology concepts and factors affecting them, including the relationship between soil and forest types, tree communities, regeneration, competition, and succession

  • Understand the cause/effect relationship of factors affecting tree growth and forest development (climate, insects, microorganisms, etc.)

  • Understand how wildlife habitat relates to forest communities, forest species, forest age structure, snags and den trees, availability of food, and riparian zones

  • Understand the value of trees in urban and suburban settings and factors affecting their health and survival

  • Understand how the following issues are affected by forest health and management: biological diversity, forest fragmentation, air quality, fire, and recreation

  • Understand basic forest management concepts and tools such as: how various silvicultural practices are utilized, the use of tree measuring devices, and best management practices

  • Identify complex factors which influences forest management decisions (economics, social, and ecological)

  • Apply silviculture concepts and methods to develop general management recommendations for a particular situation and management goals

Study Guide​ (2024 Updated)


Anatomy of a tree:


Harvesting BMP Manual:

Carbon storage:

ODA Invasives:

Using a Biltmore stick:

Public Health Benefits of Urban Trees:

ODNR bare-root tree planting guide:

Ohio Forest Pests

Ohio Forest Pests (pdf)

Forest Layers:

Riparian Zones:



Fire Facts:,by%20people%20carele

Video Files



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To aid in studying. old tests are provided:



Older materials from past years: 

These materials have been retained due to their usefulness, but have not been provided by this year's test writer.



Tree Identification

Forest Mensuration

Measuring Standing Trees:

Using a Biltmore Stick

- Jeff Stringer, University of Kentucky Extension:  See video links below:

Invasive Plant Control

Controlling non-native invasive plant in Ohio Forests: Bush Honeysuckle:

Forest Management

Silviculture, Timber sales, Inventory and GIS:

Forest Industry

Ohio’s Forest Economy:


Wildfire in Ohio:

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