Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - M14: Who Lives Here and Why? Modeling Forest Communities
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: July 26, 2017
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
aspect; climate change; elevation; forest composition; species distribution
Topic(s):
Region(s):
Partner Site(s):
Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24555

Description

Lesson overview: In this activity, students create a graphical model of forest communities in the north western Sierra Nevada. They create the model using a table that describes the current distribution of tree species on a fictitious mountainside called Sasquatch Peak. Students then use the model to describe the species composition of current forest communities and to predict the potential effects of changing climate conditions on the distribution of species.

Goals: To increase students’ understandingthat

  • forest communities develop under specific environmental conditions
  • species with similar needs are likely to occur together
  • species distributions and community composition may change as climate conditions change
  • models can be used to describe what we understand and predict what may happen in the future

Objectives:

  • Students can list tree species that are likely to occur together in montane forests of the Sierra Nevada
  • Students can use a graphical model to predict some changes that could occur as climate conditions change.
Online Link(s):