SP18 Fire Ecology

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Wednesday May 23

12:45 PM  –  4:45 PM

Fire Ecology
Instructor: Dan Lazar
Wednesdays, May 23, 30; 12:45 to 4:45 p.m.
$69 Member / $79 Non-member
Limit: 15 students
Six hours elective credit for BRN Certificate

How do wild animals survive a wildfire? Why do some species of trees survive while others perish in the flames? How has a history of periodic burning helped to shape the species composition of our present forests? This class will include an illustrated introduction to the fundamentals of fire ecology in the Blue Ridge followed by a field trip to observe changes in forest community structure at a recent burn site.

Dan Lazar served for many years as director of education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as executive director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist program since 2005.