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FireWorks educational program and its effectiveness

Publications Posted on: January 24, 2017
FireWorks is an educational program that provides interactive, hands-on activities for studying fire behavior, fire ecology, and human influences on three fire-dependent forest types-ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), interior lodgepolepine (P. contorta var.latifolia), and whitebark pine (P. albicaulis).

Hands-on learning: Its effectiveness in teaching the public about wildland fire

Publications Posted on: January 24, 2017
This study evaluated workshops for the adult public featuring experiential learning about wildland fire. Participants used hands-on activities to investigate fire behavior and ecology and to assess hazards in the wildland-urban interface. Effectiveness was examined using a pretest, a posttest following the program, and another posttest 30 days later.

FireWorks curriculum and trunk materials

Tools Posted on: January 09, 2017
FireWorks is an educational program about the science of wildland fire, designed for students in grades 1-12. The program consists of a curriculum and a trunk of materials, including laboratory equipment, specimens, and kits of specialized materials for teachers. 

FireWorks curriculum featuring ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine forests

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
FireWorks is an educational program for students in grades 1-10. The program consists of the curriculum in this report and a trunk of laboratory materials, specimens, and reference materials. It provides interactive, hands-on activities for studying fire ecology, fire behavior, and the influences of people on three fire-dependent forest types - Pinus ponderosa (ponderosa pine), Pinus contorta var.

Can metaphysical values protect mountain wildlands from development damage?

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
This paper addresses the question of whether spiritual, religious or cultural values held by humans for some wild mountain areas can protect these special places from developments that impair both these values and wild nature. The answer is sometimes yes, sometimes no, and sometimes a minimization of damage.

"Completely empowering": A qualitative study of the impact of technology on the wilderness experience in New Zealand

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Recent academic literature has expressed concern over the potential impact of the increasing types and levels of electronic (largely communication-related) technology brought by visitors into the wilderness. A key issue has been perceived changes in risktaking behavior by wilderness and backcountry users.

Valuing people in the landscape: Re-thinking conservation approaches

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
When Australian Governments committed to building a National Reserve System (NRS) for Australia in 1991 they didn't anticipate that some of the most important conservation gains were to be made on Indigenous owned land. An innovative Federal Government policy decision in 1996 to support Indigenous landowners to establish Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA# on their land provided a breakthrough in national conservation efforts.

Wildfire in the valley of the wild roses

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Santa Clara Indian Pueblo lands are adjacent to the Jemez National Forest, Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve. This paper explores Pueblo vulnerability and resilience after repeated and devastating fires in this century as a result of drought and climate change.

Sacred hills of the Toda people of South India: A plea for world heritage status

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Abstract-The Todas worship scores of hilltops where they believe their principal deities or clan-specific local gods reside. It is thus considered sacrilege even to point towards such a deity peak with one's finger. It is also no coincidence at all that the area in and around the Toda sacred-landscape, where their major hill deities are believed to reside, has come to constitute in recent times, the core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Wilderness, biodiversity, and human health

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
This paper illustrates how wilderness, biodiversity, and human health are intertwined. Proceeding from the assumption that humankind is part of, rather than apart from, nature, health is re-imagined as a dynamic relationship that can best be conceived in broad ecological terms. Health, from an ecological perspective, is a measure of the wellness of the individual and the ecosystem considered together.