# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Community Forestry and Tree Management Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Community Forestry and Tree Management (8048/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Note: Competencies 39-43 have been added to ensure compliance with federal legislation: National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7, https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ7/PLAW-116publ7.pdf). All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov. Students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success. Instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, and student leadership (FFA).

  1. Identify the role of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) in agricultural education.
  2. Participate in an SAE.

Exploring Leadership Skills and FFA Membership

  1. Identify the benefits and responsibilities of FFA membership.
  2. Describe leadership characteristics and opportunities as they relate to agriculture and FFA.
  3. Apply for an FFA degree and/or an agricultural proficiency award.

Exploring Urban/Community Forestry and Its Benefits

  1. Define terms related to urban and community forestry.
  2. Explain the aesthetic value of trees.
  3. Explain the environmental benefits of trees.
  4. Explain the social value of trees.
  5. Explain the economic value of trees.
  6. Explain the health value of trees.

Classifying Trees

  1. Describe the ways in which trees are classified and named.
  2. Explain the anatomy of trees.
  3. Explain the physiology of trees.
  4. Identify native and nonnative woody species.
  5. Explain how to identify the age of the tree.

Determining Factors for Selection of Trees

  1. Explain the factors that influence tree growth.
  2. Explain the characteristics required of trees living in urban areas.
  3. Describe the desirable and undesirable characteristics of various tree species.
  4. Explain ecological factors impacting the establishment of trees in a developed area.

Exploring the Use of Woody Plants in the Landscape

  1. Compare the site characteristics of open and developed spaces.
  2. Evaluate a landscape plan that uses woody plants.
  3. Evaluate a development plan that uses woody plants.
  4. Interpret tree ordinances.

Maintaining and Caring for Trees

  1. Explain the benefits of proper tree maintenance.
  2. Identify conditions that signal a need for tree care.
  3. Describe various types of tree care.
  4. Describe types of damage that can be caused by trees.

Exploring Tree Diseases

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of tree disease.
  2. Identify the causes of disease in Virginia's common trees.
  3. Explain how tree diseases are transmitted.
  4. Explain the importance of sanitation in preventing tree diseases.

Investigating Pests

  1. Evaluate the damage done to urban forests by pests.
  2. Identify signs and symptoms of an insect infestation.
  3. Identify categories of pests.
  4. Describe conditions that encourage insect infestation.
  5. Explain integrated pest management (IPM).
  6. Explain management concerns related to non-insect pests (e.g., deer, rabbits, pigs, plants).