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Fire and Conservation

Interactive Quiz

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Take the quiz to test your knowledge about fire and how the Conservancy uses it as a tool to help people and wildlife!

  1. How often did fires burn in North America before Europeans arrived?

    Rarely—there was little fire anywhere on the continent over any 10-year period

    Rarely—there was little fire anywhere on the continent over any 10-year period | Incorrect

    Occasionally—about a third of the country had some fire over a 10-year period

    Occasionally—about a third of the country had some fire over a 10-year period | Incorrect

    Often—about a third of the country experienced fire routinely over a 10-year period

    Often—about a third of the country experienced fire routinely over a 10-year period | Correct

    | Incorrect

  2. True or False: Most American plants and even animals have adaptations that allow them to survive fires.

    True

    True | Correct

    False

    False | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  3. Which continent experiences the most fire in any given year?

    Africa

    Africa | Correct

    Australia

    Australia | Incorrect

    North America

    North America | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  4. Do America’s lands need more fire, or less?

    More

    More | Correct

    Less

    Less | Correct

    | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  5. True or false: Fire can help water supplies.

    True

    True | Correct

    False

    False | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  6. What is a “controlled burn”?

    A fire intentionally set by someone.

    A fire intentionally set by someone. | Incorrect

    A planned fire intentionally set by a certified fire professional with permission from land owners, to achieve improved safety and land health goals.

    A planned fire intentionally set by a certified fire professional with permission from land owners, to achieve improved safety and land health goals. | Correct

    A simmering glance from Salma Hayek.

    A simmering glance from Salma Hayek. | Incorrect

    The second to last segment of a spinning class.

    The second to last segment of a spinning class. | Incorrect

  7. “Burn Bosses” direct prescribed fire operations and oversee training of staff and volunteers at the local level. On average, how long does it take to become a qualified Burn Boss?

    2 years

    2 years | Incorrect

    7 years

    7 years | Incorrect

    13 years

    13 years | Correct

    | Incorrect

  8. Who sets controlled burns?

    National Park Service

    National Park Service | Incorrect

    Bureau of Land Management

    Bureau of Land Management | Incorrect

    U.S. Forest Service

    U.S. Forest Service | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

  9. The Nature Conservancy has been conducting controlled burns for about 40 years, starting on the Minnesota prairies. In an average year, how many acres do Conservancy fire experts burn on their own lands?

    500,000 acres

    500,000 acres | Incorrect

    120,000 acres

    120,000 acres | Correct

    25,000 acres

    25,000 acres | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  10. A “fire regime” is the term for naturally occurring fires in a landscape over an extended period of time. Every ecosystem has its own unique fire regime. Fire experts classify fire regimes using a combination of factors— including which of the following?

    Intensity

    Intensity | Incorrect

    Season of occurrence

    Season of occurrence | Incorrect

    Frequency of occurrence

    Frequency of occurrence | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

Scoring

8-10 questions answered correctly— Congratulations! You may want to consider volunteering for The Nature Conservancy as a burn volunteer!

6-7 questions answered correctly—You are close, grasshopper. You can learn more about fire here.

1-5 questions answer correctly— Don’t play with matches, there, Fire Marshall Bill!

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