Timber! Impacts of the Great Lakes Lumber Boom

by  Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural and Natural History

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1840 and 1910, the Great Lakes region experienced a lumber boom that led to industrial growth
throughout the nation. Though economically positive, largescale deforestation
and erosion led to its decline. Explore what life was like in a lumber camp and
examine the environmental impacts that led to calls for conservation and sustainable
forestry practices.   

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By Request: $140.00


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural and Natural History

Mt. Pleasant , Michigan
United States

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History strives to provide educational opportunities that inspire curiosity, imagination, and memory. Our goal is to promote sustainable relationships between peoples and their environments by encouraging respect for cultural and natural diversity. Through our distance learning programs, we look to encourage a spirit of inquiry through interactive demonstrations that help spark thoughtful discussion and further exploration!

Rebecca Petrone

Program Details


1. Intro
2. Life in a logging camp (why did people migrate to the area and what was it like to work in a lumber camp)
3. The negative impacts of deforestation
4. Call for conservation
5. Conclusion


Participants will:
-Compare land coverage maps of Great Lakes region pre- and post lumber boom
-Develop an understanding of why people migrate and how people use natural resources
-Explore the negative impacts of massive deforestation
-Be introduced and discuss forest conservation strategies used in the early 1900s

Standards Alignment

National Standards

3 – G4.0.1 Describe major kinds of economic activity in Michigan today, such as agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, services and tourism, and research and development, and explain the factors influencing the location of these economic activities.
3 – G4.0.2 Describe diverse groups that have migrated into a region of Michigan and reasons why they came (push/pull factors).
3 – G4.0.3 Describe some of the current movements of goods, people, jobs, or information to, from, or within Michigan and explain reasons for the movements.
3 – G5.0.1 Describe how people are a part of, adapt to, use, and modify the physical environment of Michigan.
3 – G5.0.2 Locate natural resources in Michigan and explain the consequences of their use.
4 – H3.0.4 Describe how the relationship between the location of natural resources and the location of industries (after 1837) affected and continue to affect the location and growth of Michigan cities.
4 – H3.0.7 Describe past and current threats to Michigan’s natural resources and describe how state government, tribal and local governments, schools, organizations, and individuals worked in the past and continue to work today to protect its natural resources.
4 – G5.0.1 Assess the positive and negative consequences of human activities on the physical environment of the United States and identify the causes of those activities.