FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - M21: Drama in the Forest: Fire and Succession, a Class Production
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: March 14, 2018

Cataloging Information

  • ecosystem change
  • succession
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Record Last Modified: February 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 25915


Lesson overview: Students prepare and produce three short plays. Each play depicts the role of fire, succession, and other changes over time in one of 3 ecosystems: forests dominated by ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir; lodgepole pine and subalpine fir; and whitebark pine and subalpine fir.

Goals: Increase students’ understanding of change in ecosystems over time-caused by fire, other disturbances, and succession without disturbance.

Objectives: Given reference materials on biology, ecology, and succession, students can produce a drama that illustrates succession, the role of fire, and other processes that change forest communities.

Online Link(s):
Handout M21 (143 KB; pdf)