Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - H15: Forest Communities and Climate Change
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: August 21, 2017
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Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
climate change; environmental conditions; forest communities
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 22, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24644

Description

Lesson overview: In this activity, students assemble a graphic model of a forest community in the north western Sierra Nevada and then discuss species distributions in the context of climate change.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding that forest communities develop under specific environmental conditions and that species distributions and community composition may change as climate conditions change.

Objectives:

  • Students can list tree species that are likely to occur together.
  • Students can predict possible effects of changing climate conditions on the distribution of tree species .
  • Students can express their thoughts and observations about one potential way to mitigate the effects of climate change - assisted migration - in a speaking and listening activity.