Featuring both a documentary film and other educational resources, this
interactive DVD provides a comprehensive introduction to forest
management, scientific inquiry,
ecosystem functions, species interdependence and more.
documents the Teakettle Experiment
, a ten-year collaboration of forest
managers and scientists from diverse disciplines that investigated the
effects of prescribed fire and forest thinning on restoring forest
A century of fire suppression has significantly changed
many western forests, leaving them overcrowded and susceptible to
disease, pests, and catastrophic crown fires that endanger lives and
Experts agree that reducing fuel loads in our forests
lessen the chances of forest devastation. But until the Teakettle
Experiment, deciding which method for doing so remained controversial.
a multi-disciplinary team to study the relative effects of prescribed
fire and thinning, the Teakettle Experiment collected invaluable
information on the benefits and detriments of each option. The result is
documented in this DVD, which also contains multiple videos, resources,
reference materials, instructional materials, and website links.
principal feature on the DVD is the film, “Fire and Forest Health,”
which outlines the problems in our forests, and then reveals how the
experiment was conducted over ten years.
In addition to the principle video, there are five short videos on related topics:
- Small mammals and forest ecology
- Climate change and forest management
- Science and forest management
- Pest, pathogens and drought
- Forest restoration
The DVD is interactive with
on-screen messages that directly link the video content to printable
research papers and weblinks related to the topic. A Resource Guide
expands upon the content in the videos with information and tools for
Appropriate for AP environmental science in high school and college-level forestry and resource management courses.