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Topic in Depth - Fire Ecology

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.
Fire Ecology Research
This United States Geological Survey (USGS) website provides information gathered by the Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) about the importance of...
Fire in North American Wetland...
This site, from the USGS-Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, contains "an annotated bibliography on fire in North American wetland ecosystems and a...
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...
Canadian Wildland Fire Information...
This site, from the Canadian Forest Service, provides information about forest fires in Canada including weekly fire statistics, fire research, daily fire maps...
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...
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...



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The organism is actually a soil fungus, the Armillaria bulbosa. Found in anorthern Michigan hardwood forest, it is most likely one of the world's oldest organisms as well, exceeding 1,500 years and weighing in at over 100 tons.


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