Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - E13-2: Story of a Fire-Scarred Tree
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
Contact(s):
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
  • Eva Masin
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
Date Created: June 28, 2017
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
catface; fire scar
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24532

Description

Lesson Overview: Students will create a human model demonstrating how fire scars are formed on a tree trunk. Then they will examine a cross section from a fire-scarred tree that is provided in the trunk and describe its fire history.

Lesson Goal: To increase students’ understanding of how trees can survive fires, how fire scars are formed, and how some trees have survived frequent fires.

Objectives:

  • Students can calculate the years between fires from a sample.
  • Students can find the longest, shortest, and average intervals between fires.
  • Students can write a report that summarizes the fire history of the tree.