Fire Ecology (Audrey Dwyer, Environmental Sciences Instructor)

In our Fire Ecology Unit, we will examine the science behind wildfire, ecological succession, how fire can be a healthy land management technique, ways to prevent wildfire, the current fires in the USA, what it is like to work with the US Forest Service as a wildland firefighter (which is what I was doing summer/fall 2019), and more.

I have filmed myself exploring a healthy fire that burned one month ago and how it has grown back already. We will then compare a video of me at a site of a megafire from 2018 that scorched the ground and had/still is experiencing negative environmental impacts on the land. After my fire unit, I will continue to make videos out in the field to enhance our units and virtual learning. 

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