Resources for Focus on Forests Activity 5 – The Nature of Fire

Students will learn about the role of fire in forest ecosystems, will examine issues of fire in the wildland-urban interface, and will conduct a wildfire safety assessment in their community.

This is one of 9 activities that can be found in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests moduleTo get the activity, attend a training and receive PLT’s Focus on Forests secondary module. Below are some supporting resources for this activity. 

STUDENT PAGES

Download the copyright free student pages that are included with this activity:

Case Study: Fire and the Gopher Tortoise (PDF)

Case Study: Yellowstone National Park (PDF)

Fire Ecology (PDF)

Forest Fires California in Flames (PDF)

Wildfire Safety Checklist (PDF)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Every month we carefully select new tools and resources that enhance PLT’s lessons. These include educational apps, videos, posters, interactive websites, careers information, and teacher-generated materials. Browse a chronological listing below:

  • Skype a Scientist

    The Skype a Scientist program matches more than 500 scientists with classrooms worldwide. Available for any level along the K-12 spectrum, a typical Q&A-style video chat lasts between 30 to 60 minutes and covers topics in the scientist’s area of expertise and what it’s like to be a scientist. Follow the link to browse scientists and sign up!

  • Forest Restoration Following Wildfire

    Learn about the Tree and Forest restoration process after a wildfire with this comprehensive resource from Montana State University  (MSU) Extension Forestry. In addition, MSU Extension has compiled multiple other resources that help students understand implications of wildfires. Students can read a about a 13-Year Case Study of Fire in the Northern Rockies, use a photo guide to assess wildfire severity, or learn how to develop a fire hazard reduction plan.

  • Fire Safety Basics

    Fire safety is an important part of keeping ourselves safe at home. With simple solutions and planning ahead, we can keep ourselves, families, pets, and possessions safe and out of harms way. Fires can start for many different reasons and the first step to success is to know and understand potential fire hazards. The following is a basic guide to help you learn about fire safety and the different steps to protect yourself in the case of a fire.

  • Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

    Check out the collection of infographics from the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service! These infographics colorfully illustrate soil health: what soil is made of, what’s underneath, and what it does. 

  • Case Study: Protecting Denver’s Drinking Water

    Read a case study about how the 2002 wildfires near Denver were treated to help protect the water quality of Denver’s reservoirs.

  • Fire Safety Website

    Fire safety resources are available at www.firefacts.org. Teacher resources include a Jeopardy-style game on basic fire safety practices, fact sheets, family take-home activities, and links to additional fire safety resources and organizations. Student resources consist of online games and puzzles that teach fire safety rules.

  • Fire and Conservation Interactive Quiz

    Get fired up and take The Nature Conservancy’s online quiz to test your knowledge about fire and how it can be used as a tool to help people and wildlife.  A scoring chart helps you to find local volunteer opportunities and other ideas for voicing your support for more American forest restoration by being fire smart!

  • WildLab Bird

    A free app that can be downloaded onto any Apple device (try iBird Lite for Android). Use WildLab Bird to learn the basics of bird identification. This application uses audio, photographs, maps, and the process of elimination to help identify over 200 bird species. Sightings can also be entered into a national bird watching database for comparison. 

  • EnviroAtlas

    EPA’s new EnviroAtlas tool is designed to help communities and researchers make informed planning and policy decisions related to the environment and ecosystems. EnviroAtlas provides datasets and interactive tools to allow users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. EnviroAtlas includes over 300 data layers, letting users analyze how decisions affect ecosystems and their ability to provide goods and services. Key components include: