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Gypsy Moth Destruction in Virginia

Author: Alison Goforth   Affiliation: VirginiaView   Date: 1 Jun 2011
Audience: High School   Course Material: No
Description: This activity examines the issue of spread of the Gypsy Moth and the resulting deforestation in Virginia over time. Students will make observations and connections about how this native human introduced species (invasive species) has caused forest damage to the foliage of trees in Virginia. Students will predict areas that are likely to be invaded next and are asked to propose possible prevention methods. This lesson supports the following Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's): LS 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; ES 3, Bio 9
Keywords: Invasive species, Gypsy moth, forest degradation
Skill Level: Introductory   Discipline: Earth Science   Imagery: Landsat 4-7
Software Requirements: None or Not Applicable, ArcGIS 9.x or older, ArcGIS 10.x or newer
Special Materials: This lesson is best completed with ArcGIS software and Internet access. However, lesson plan options for computers without ArcGIS software as well as printed maps are also provided.
AV Resources Used: Yes   Download Access: Public
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