Exploring the Environment: Yellowstone Fires

Classroom of the Future, Wheeling Jesuit University

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This site from Wheeling Jesuit University features an exercise in which students engage in a policy debate using an Earth System Science (ESS) analysis of a fire's impact on the air, land, water, and living things to determine whether or not naturally-caused fires in national parks should burn to their natural conclusion. The case used to illustrate the impact of fire is the Yellowstone National Park fire of 1988. This was the largest series of fires in the northern Rockies during the last 50 years; they led to an intense public debate regarding the National Park Service's fuel management policy. A glossary of related terms, links and references are also included to assist in the process.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Wildfires, Biology, Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making, Education:Assessment, Environmental Science:Policy:Local Policy
Resource Type: Assessments, Activities:Project:Investigative Case Studies
Special Interest: Hazards
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards