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This is the homepage of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the nation's support center for wildland firefighting. It features links to news articles, current fire information, and statistics on wildland fires. There is an education and outreach section which includes information on traveling prevention and education teams, a guide to wildland fires, links to fire prevention and mitigation ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards
 
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The Firewise Home Page was created for people who live or vacation in fire prone areas of North America. The information contained here will help users become firewise individuals, and acquaint them with the challenges of living around interface/intermix wildfire. These pages provide information that may lessen the risk of wildfire loss for individuals, families and communities. There is a list of ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards
 
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This information sheet discusses the ability of trees in major Colorado forest types to withstand fire damage or reestablish after a fire. Characteristics such as thickness of the bark, rooting depth, needle length, bud size, and degree of scorch contribute to the resistance and survival of a tree after a fire event. The effects on seed reserves and the ability of aspen trees, many shrubs, and grasses ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Ecology, Forestry
 
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This portal provides links to documents produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), a group consisting of agencies of the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Association of State Foresters. Materials accessible here include NWCG qualifications documents, information on prescribed fires, ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards
 
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This portal provides access to a variety of information on fire hazards and prediction for the Rocky Mountain area. Users can access information on current fires and fire restrictions for this area. Other materials include predictive services (intelligence, weather forecasts, fuels and fire danger ratings), logistics and dispatch information for aviation and fire crews, and administrative information ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards
 
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This site enables access to Local Area, Geographic Area, National, and other related Interagency Wildland Fire Training information. The home page also contains current training news and a comment section. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, Non-profit portal
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards
 
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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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National Science Education Standards (NSES), National Geography Standards: Read
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