New York State Archives, NYSA_14297-87_D-G-9
Loggers move logs in the water with long poles while standing on wooden platforms (docks), c. 1915. This image was created to record logging-related activities of the New York State Forest, Fish and Game Commission/Conservation Commission/Conservation Department.
What are the men in this photograph doing?
How do the tools the loggers are holding help them with their work?
Why would loggers use rivers to transport logs?
What transportation technology that we have today revolutionized the transport of logs?
Why was the Adirondack region attractive for logging?
What are some problems that can result from cutting down too many trees?
How did the use of technology increase the number of trees cut down?
What do we, as a society, encourage to help reduce the number of trees cut down?
Peripheral industries sprouted around logging centers, such as tanning. How and why were tanning and logging connected? Locate Tannersville, New York, on a map. Research its local history in connection with the logging industry.
Math: One egg has approximately 80 calories, one pancake 120 calories, and one sausage 95 calories. If a lumberjack eats 10 eggs, 7 pancakes, and 9 pieces of sausage, how many calories did he eat?
Science: Research the environmental impact of deforestations and conservation efforts. Experiment with recycling paper in your classroom.
English Language Arts: Compare the tales of Tony Beaver (Appalachia) and Paul Bunyan (Northeast States). What similarities can be found? What do these say about the life of a lumberjack?
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Locker, Thomas. Sky Tree. HarperCollins Publishers, August 2001. ISBN: 0064437507