FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - E13-2: Tree Biography, Forest Biography
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
Date Created: October 13, 2017

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  • catface
  • fire scars
  • trees
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Record Last Modified: April 6, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 25032


Lesson Overview: Students will learn that trees can sometimes survive fire. They will create a human model that demonstrates how trees survive fire and how fire scars form. Then they will describe the fire history of cross sections (“tree cookies”) from fire -scarred trees.

Lesson Goal: To increase students' understanding of how trees can survive fires, that some trees survive many fires, and that there can be a lot of variety in the fire scar record among trees within a forest.


  • Students can identify a fire scar on a tree cookie.
  • Students can recognize variety in trees’ fire histories give some reasons for variation.
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