Web site to focus on fire’s natural role

Web site to focus on fire’s natural role

15 December 2005

published by www.billingsgazette.com

Wyoming — In an opportunity to provide a better understanding of wildland fires and their benefits, the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management and Florida State University have created an interactive educational Web site to present the roles fire plays in ecosystem management.

This Web site, created by FSU, targets fifth- to ninth-graders and offers students nationwide the ability to access information on fire and the ecosystem in the West. The Web site, www.blm.gov/education/whb, provides activities, an educator’s guide, vocabulary and many other facts.

Included are modules on describing some of the plants and animals found in this ecosystem, explaining the relationship between fire and mule deer, and looking into how and why prescribed fires and wildfire suppression are important. The Web site was named “Burning Issues: Fire in Wildhorse Basin” after a wildfire south of Rock Springs in 2000.

For more information on BLM wildfire, visit www.wy.blm.gov/fire


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