Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - H19: Sierra Nevada Forests Today
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: September 7, 2017
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
fire management
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: September 8, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24754

Description

Lesson Overview: Students will view a slide show that displays historical and recent photos of conditions in lower and upper montane Sierra Nevada forests. They will consider how current conditions differ from those of the past. A professional wildland manager will visit the classroom to discuss and answer student questions about historical and current forest conditions and the challenges of forest management.

Lesson Goal: Students will understand that forest management influences current and future conditions, and that in many locations, forests are very different from their historical conditions.

Objectives:

  • Students will analyze photographs from “Fire in Sierra Nevada forests: A photographic interpretation of ecological change since 1849” by George E. Gruell to see how forests have changed over the past 150 years.
  • Students will prepare questions to ask the fire manager.
  • Students will listen to a guest presentation, then write a reflection on how montane forests of the Sierra Nevada have changed and how those changes affect forest managment.