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Topic in Depth - Fire Ecology (10)

Forest fires have become a regular summertime occurrence in North America, sparking debate about the proper role of fire on the land. The following websites examine fires and fire ecology in different ecosystems, regions, and time periods.

Texas Tech University Fire Ecology Center
This site features the Fire Ecology Center at Texas Tech University. The Fire Ecology Center focuses on the role of fire in grassland ecosystems and their website contains information on current research, publications, managing pastures, managing problem plants, and more. There are also video demonstrations and a...

Fire Ecology Research
This United States Geological Survey (USGS) website provides information gathered by the Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) about the importance of wildfires to ecosystem processes in the Pacific Southwest. Details are provided about fire history and ecology in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Nevada forests,...

Fire in North American Wetland Ecosystems and Fire-Wildlife Relations: An Annotated Bibliography
This site, from the USGS-Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, contains "an annotated bibliography on fire in North American wetland ecosystems and a subject index of all fire-related literature that has appeared in Wildlife Review." The site is fully searchable, and a table of contents, with tables and...

Wildland Fire in Yellowstone
Hosted by Yellowstone National Park, this site addresses wildland fires in Yellowstone. The Park website presents brief sections on the fire of 1988, fire ecology, effects, facts, monitoring, prescribed fire, suppression, vegetation, weather, Wildland Fire Management Plan, and fire reports. There is also a page of...

Canadian Wildland Fire Information System
This site, from the Canadian Forest Service, provides information about forest fires in Canada including weekly fire statistics, fire research, daily fire maps, a fire database, and more. Visitors can also see satellite-detected hotspots in Canada and the northern U.S. The Forest Fire Facts and Questions contains a...

Wildfire History and Ecology
Part of a great site on the land use history of the Colorado Plateau from Northern Arizona University, this site offers a brief overview of wildfire history and ecology on the Plateau with links to information about ponderosa pine fire ecology, reintroduction of fire to forest ecosystems, and fire ecology research...

Forest Fires
This site, from DiscoverySchool.com, contains a lesson plan on forest fire ecology for grade levels 9-12. The objectives of the lesson are that students will understand: 1) the benefits and problems associated with fire, and 2) the role that fire plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The lesson spans two class...

E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database
The Tall Timbers Research Station, a research and conservation organization located in Tallahassee, Florida, has recently made available this searchable Fire Ecology Database. International in scope, the database covers a broad range of fire-related information with emphasis on North America, in particular, the...

Building and Fire Research Laboratory: Fire on the Web
A subsidiary of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) Website contains stellar information for building engineers and fire researchers. Highlights include a searchable and downloadable collection of BFRL publications (in .pdf format); FIREDOC, a...

Extinction: Forest Fires Among the Trees of Life
This outline of a presentation on extinction reviews the various catastrophic events that could lead to extinction and lists the five great mass extinctions. Climate change is identified as the linking factor and recovery is also explained.

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