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Ohio Forests in the Future In brief: Write a short essay considering challenges that face forest management in Ohio today. Choose a topic relating to Ohio forests from the list below. 1. Should Ohio forests be managed by prescribed burning? How much is currently occurring and what is its impact? 2. Eastern Ohio is experiencing a boom in natural gas extraction by a method known as horizontal fracturing (“fracking”). How can we expect this process to affect natural forests in the region? 3. In recent decades we have seen unexpected influxes of forest animal species which were previously thought extinct in Ohio. How will forest animal communities continue to change in the future? 4. How important is forest to the tourism industry in Ohio? Find data on recreational usage of forests, employment in the industry, and tourist impacts in forests. Locate at least a dozen sources on the internet. You may use books, but remember – we are focused on the future here, and internet sources are more up-to-date. Sources should be substantial discussions of issues supported by evidence, not brief unsupported opinions. I will check sources, looking for their use of evidence. Do not use course materials as sources. Write an essay of at least 1,000 words summarizing your findings and laying out an expectation for the future of Ohio forests with regard to your chosen topic (i.e. your topic in the list, above). Your essay should include: – an Introductory section (at least 200 words) explaining the problem – opposing viewpoints; these challenges are open to debate, the future is not established fact – a Summary (at least 200 words) predicting the future of American forests based on your understanding of the problem – a bibliography, listing the authors, dates, titles, publishers, and URLs of all sources you used Each of these sections must be indicated with a separate subheading (title) before the section. Graphs, tables, and photos will considerably strengthen your presentation. Sources must be cited in the text next to the idea they provided using authors and date (e.g. Matlack 2017). Each citation should correspond to a work in the bibliography. For each source, the bibliography should contain – name of the authors – date of publication or posting – title of the article – journal or online venue (not just “web” or “website”) – volume and page numbers if printed in hardcopy – URL (do not only list the URL) Note: some of the problems are regional in nature (e.g. bark beetles). If this is the case, I expect you to discuss the problem in the context of regional forests, not all forests. Grading will be based on covering the four points in the previous paragraph, and explaining each of them well. Remember – this essay is about forests, not about environmental issues in general. This essay is focused on Ohio, not on American forests in general. Specific evidence and/or example is essential for every assertion you make. Unsupported generalizations and personal opinions will be fatal. Be sure to cite your source next to every idea you present (don’t do it at the end of the paragraph). Quotations are not allowed. Please indicate citations in parentheses using the Author/Date convention, as used in scientific papers (e.g. Smith and Jones 2009). Put the citation in the same line as the information you are borrowing from them. Do not use footnotes. In the Bibliography list all the sources you used in the text of your essay. Do not list sources you have not used in the text. For each source, list the Author, the Date on which you accessed it, the Title of the site/book/paper, and the URL. You do not need to use any particular style as long as all of this critical information (Author, Date, Title, URL) is present and clearly understandable.