Fire: Fight, Flight, or Coexistence?
After reading about the Tillamook Burn and the impact wildfire had in Oregon, use the following questions to research wildfires on the state assigned to you. Answers to these questions should be displayed in a creative format on a poster. The poster should contain answers to all of the questions and at least three pictures, graphics or drawings related to wildfires and/or the research questions. You can add additional information to the poster as you see fit. The poster will be used in a presentation to the class. Presentation date:____________.
You will need to attach a Bibliography of your sources.
Wildfire Research Questions :
1.What is the population of your state?
2. How many national and/or state forests or parks does your state have? Or how much public land does your state have?
3. Does your state's economy rely heavily on the timber industry? Consider what percentage of your state's economy comes from timber or wood and paper products. What are the main industries in your state?"
4. What is the main type of tourism in your state? Does this tourism rely on forested areas or public lands in your state?
5. How many wildfires have occurred in your state over the past 50 years? If you have a forest near your school, how many wildfires have occurred in that forest (be sure to name the forest and the number of wildfires that have occurred there)? On average how many wildfires occur annually in your state?
6. Does your state have a major historic fire that is well known, such as the Tillamook Burn and what is the name of it? When did it occur?
7. Are wildfires a major concern/issue in your state?
8. Where do you think wildfires are of greater concern - in your state or in other states?
9. Name at least one interesting fact about wildfires in your state, which you learned while researching this topic.
10. BONUS QUESTIONS (worth 2 points total, 1 point each): Contact a local forester in your area and find out: On average, how much money is allocated or spent annually on fighting wildfires in your state or at one particular forest in your state (it can be a national or state forest)? How do most wildfires in your state (or local forest) begin (lightning, human causes, etc)?
Possible places to search for this information :
*Local library – indexes to old newspaper articles, encyclopedias, books containing your state's history or economic information
*Internet – State website, State statistical site, State economic site, state forestry sites, USDA Forest Service website at http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/, National Interagency Fire Center website at http://www.nifc.gov/faq.html , GeoMac at http://www.geomac.gov/
* Call, visit, or contact someone in the state forest, state park, fish & wildlife office, or department of natural resources in your area and ask if they can answer some of your wildfire research questions. If your state has significant public lands then you might try a representative of the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, or National Park Service. Teachers might consider having a person from one of these agencies come in to talk to the class after the presentations.