Ring Around the Biomass Activity

This activity is appropriate for grades 3 through 12, and allows students to explore how wildfire affects plant communities and erosion processes in a Montane ecosystem.



Students will:

  1. Describe and evaluate the positive and negative effects catastrophic and prescribed or low intensity fires have on plant communities in a Montane ecosystem
  2. Estimate the percent of bare dirt and its effects on erosion and sediment movement 
  3. Compare a non-managed forest with a burned forest


Time Required: 

Full day in the field, 45 to 60 minutes per site, plus transportation to site.

Two or three 45-minute classroom sessions.  


Ring Around the Biomass Full Activity