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Links to information about fire

Issue 8 > Links to . . .

 
Controlled fire in Cades Cove.

Fire managers carefully protect structures during controlled and uncontrolled fires.

NPS photo.

All about fire and fire management:

Wildland Fire Management in the Southeast

The National Interagency Fire Center

Smokey the Bear's official website

Firewise, a program sponsored by the National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Program

Southeast Region: Communicating the Role of Fire and Fuels Management in the Southeast

Fire Ecology in the Southeastern United States (opens pdf document)

Science tools from NASA: how to make your own sling psychrometer!

Kings Mountain National Military Park prescribed fire program

Does fire have a role in other ecosystems?

You bet. Read and listen to a story about fires in the Amazon on National Public Radio.

Tree rings and fire

The Ultimate Tree-Ring Web Pages - Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer's website, with links to everything tree-ring

International Tree-Ring Data Bank

Other topics in this issue

Emerald Ash Borer - an invasive species!

To find more information about volunteering opportunities or internships in fire or forestry, visit these links:

Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program
Serve
Student Conservation Association: high school conservation crews and college/post-college internships

Return to Dispatches from the Field: Issue 8.

Did You Know?

Flame azalea can be found growing on heath balds in the park.

The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...