Courtney Rowe on managing fire and prescribed burns

Courtney Rowe on managing fire and prescribed burns

Courtney Rowe is the Ecological Program lead for the Sierra District of California State Parks. Previously, she spent 12 years as a botanist for the US Forest Service, during which one of her auxiliary duties was to coordinate resource advisors for wildland fire. She has worked in natural resource management on public lands since 2001, doing a wide variety of ecology, from prescribed burning & timber cruising to dune restoration & native plant propagation. She studied geomorphology at Cal & ecological genetics at UNR.

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Reflection Sheets: Middle School & High School

Here’s a list of resources specifically related to the management of lands impacted by wildland fire, which was a segment of Courtney’s talk:

99% Invidible Podcast: Built to Burn episode
An account of the Panorama Fire in the 1980s that was spurred by active strong winds, which discusses some of the reasons so many homes were lost in the incident.

Tahoe’s relationship to prescribed burns
This article from SF Gate talks about the relationship between land in the Tahoe National Forest and how its been impacted by the practice of prescribed burns.

Worstening wildfires explained
This article from Cal Matters discusses some of the reasons that wildfire seasons have historically continued to intensify in California

Will Richardson, PhD on animals in the Sierra Nevada

Will Richardson, PhD on animals in the Sierra Nevada

Will Richardson received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, studying bird communities in Sierra Nevada aspen habitats. He has has been intensively studying the Sierra Nevada region’s natural history and ecosystems since 2001, and is the Founder and Director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.

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Dr. Kim Klockow McClain discusses tornados

Dr. Kim Klockow McClain discusses tornados

Join in for a talk with Dr. Kim Klockow McClain about her research on tornado epidemiology, how to keep people safe from tornados, and how she became a research scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Reflection Sheets: High School & Middle School

Dr. Elizabeth Smith on how tornados form

Dr. Elizabeth Smith on how tornados form

This talk features special guest meteorologist and tornado scientist Dr. Elizabeth Smith from NOAA. Dr. Smith will be sharing some of her research on how tornados form in addition to answering your questions about storms and how she became a research meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Reflection Sheets: High School & Middle School