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This reference provides suggestions for homeowners on how to protect their houses and properties from wildfires. Topics include the particular risk of wildfires in the State of Colorado; construction, design, and materials that reduce fire susceptibility; and landscaping with plants that are both fire-and drought-resistant. There are also links to information on landowner assistance programs, Community ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards
 
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fire.org is the home page of Systems for Environmental Management (SEM), a Montana nonprofit research and educational corporation. The site features publications and downloadable software packages developed in cooperation with the Fire Sciences Laboratory of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. They include scientific publications, informal ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards
 
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This single-page web site introduces the user to Hyperion, a satellite sensor so sensitive that when its data are processed by computers, one can see clearly where one kind of tree ends and another begins. This technology, particularly when used in conjunction with Landsat imagery, is relevant to people who are farming, taking care of forests, looking for places to drill for oil, digging for valuable ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Illustration - artistic, Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Photograph
Subject: Forestry, Technology
 
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This activity has students explore the role that forests play in their own lives by listing everyday products made from trees. They use the Internet to find as many uses for trees as possible in order to develop a class list that should include foods from trees, products derived from all parts of a tree, environmental benefits of trees, and recreational uses of trees. Students are then asked to imagine ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Climatology, Forestry
 
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This site, from the USDA Forest Service, allows users to discover the science of wildfires, the difference between good fires and bad fires, and ways to help prevent wildfires from occurring. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards
 
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This atlas presents an inventory of intact forest landscapes (i.e. the remaining large, unbroken areas of pristine nature within the forest zone of Russia). This endeavor was carried out by a group of Russian non-governmental conservation and scientific organizations between 1999 and 2002 as part of the Global Forest Watch initiative. The purpose of the atlas is to provide an accurate picture of the ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Forestry
 
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This tutorial covers various aspects of trees. It explains which chemicals cause leaves to change colors, how the process of photosynthesis works, the functions of bark, roots, pollen and leaves, and the effect of trees on nearby temperature. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Tutorial
Subject: Ecology, Forestry
 
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This tutorial discusses the concept of forest succession, the stages of development which forest plants follow as they grow or re-grow following an event such as a forest fire or insect infestation. Topics include the role of pioneer species, the transition to longer-lived plants such as lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, and subalpine fir, and the transition to climax species such as cedars, hemlocks and ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Photograph
Subject: Ecology, Forestry
 
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This tutorial explores the adaptation of plants in their local environments by investigating examples of species native to British Columbia. Examples include adaptations such as large size (Sequoia trees), long life (bristlecone pines), fast growth (aspens), and thick bark (Ponderosa pines). There is an explanation of how plants absorb carbon dioxide give off oxygen, and draw nutrients and water from ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Photograph
Subject: Ecology, Forestry
 
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This tutorial introduces students to global weather patterns and how they affect the kinds of trees and plants that grow in different latitudes of the Earth. The discussion covers the tropics and the lush rainforests that live there, temperate forests in the mid-latitudes, and boreal forests in the far north. There is also a description of how treeless areas occur in various climate zones (desert, ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph
Subject: Ecology, Forestry
 
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