MFC 1.0 Collaborative Project Question:
"How can we use forests to positively impact local communities?"




May 7, 2019

MFC Final Event at UMaine, Orono


Partner schools will present their story maps, synthesizing their semester investigations.  After presentations, Foster Center for Student Innovation will guide students through an Idea Generation session focused on one of the FOR/Maine goals:  Increase prosperity in Maine forest economy communities, especially those in rural Maine, including those affected by mill closures.

July 15-17

Teacher Workshop

Teachers will work with Industry professionals and community partners to identify a guiding question for SY19-20.  Please contact us if you would like to participate.  Location and agenda are TBD.



Buckfield Jr./Sr. High School, Buckfield

Environmental Science Class taught by Caleb McNaughton


Forest Hills School, Jackman

Environmental Science class taught by Megan Leach


Greenville Consolidated School, Greenville

Environmental Science Class taught by Selena Tardif and Dawna Blackstone


Piscataquis Community High School

Maine Forest Collaborative class taught by Heather Doherty


Telstar High School, Bethel

Environmental Science class taught by Elke Blauss



New schools will be accepted in the 2019-2020 school year!

If you are interested, navigate to the contact page



For this project, students will investigate how forest use has, is and could positively impact local communities, guided by the overarching question “How can we use forests to positively impact local communities?”  

Students will define a local region and invite community contacts and partners to collaboratively explore the history of forest use and ownership in their region, investigate current forest use, and imagine ways local communities have, are and could use forests to impact financial, social/cultural and ecological dimensions of their regions.  


Students will collect qualitative and quantitative data to create layered story maps. communicating to others past, present and future perspectives on forest use and its impact on local communities.


In May, students will present to a community audience.



🌲UNIT ONE (January to February)

Building context for understanding forest use in our local communities




🌲UNIT TWO (March to April)

Collecting data, and learning from community resources



🌲UNIT THREE (April to May)

Analyzing data to share an understanding of how forest use has, is and could positively impact local communities.


  • Analyzing data to define the local story

  • Organizing data into a story map

  • Telling the story of "How has? How are? and How could?"




  1. Investigate complex issues facing forests, drawing upon a wide range of community resources both in and out of school.


  2.  Investigate emerging industries, technologies and innovation.


  3.  Collaborate with other students, natural resource practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and other community resources to apply available information to their understanding of natural resource management.


  4.  Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1.b)


  5.  Apply leadership skills to contemporary issues facing natural resource industries.


  6.  Apply advocacy skills, including research, argumentation, and presentation skills


  7.  Apply goal setting and problem-solving skills in novel situations in collaboration with other students, natural resource practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and other community resources.


  8.  Articulate a personal connection to the local natural resource economy, markets, and ecosystems.