Forest Ecosystems

Each year the contest takes on two ecosystems on a four-year rotation. The focus for 2017 will be on:quiz

Upland Hardwoods and Mangrove Forests

At this station, Juniors and Intermediates will answer multiple-choice questions about each ecosystem. Here is a sample multiple choice question:

All plants native to bottomland hardwood forests:

A. only survive in dry conditions

B. survive in both wet and dry conditions

C. do not lose their leaves in winter

D. are toxic to wildlife

In addition, Intermediates will identify two plant samples chosen from a list of four representative plant species for each ecosystem. The species that Intermediates need to know for each ecosystem are shown in the table below.

To prepare, Juniors should read the Forest Story about adventures in each of their designated ecosystems. Intermediates should read the informative text about their designated ecosystems and study the four plant species for each ecosystem.

Click on the name of an ecosystem in the chart below to learn more about it.

Years Ecosystem Common Tree or Shrub Species
2017
2021
2025
Upland Hardwoods Bluff oak
Carolina laurelcherry
Sparkleberry
Yaupon holly
Mangrove Forests Black mangrove
Buttonwood
Red mangrove
White mangrove
2018
2022
2026
Bottomland Hardwoods Swamp chestnut oak
Sweetbay
Water hickory (web page coming soon)
Winged elm
Sandhills Bluejack oak
Sand post oak
Rusty lyonia
Woolly pawpaw
2019
2023
2027
Sand Pine Scrub Chapman oak
Sand live oak
Sand pine
Myrtle oak
Pine Flatwoods Hawthorn
Gallberry
Flatwoods plum
Fetterbush
2020
2024
2028
Freshwater Swamps Loblolly bay
Pond cypress
Swamp tupelo
Titi
Tropical Hammocks Gumbo-limbo
Pigeon plum
Mastic
Strangler fig