In 1995, a report by the Congressional Research Service stated that the current fuel management policy's reduction of fire control costs and damages is not well documented. For this reason, a group of concerned government agencies has contacted your team of environmental biologists. This group would like your help in resolving this policy debate. They would like to know whether or not to allow naturally-caused fires in national parks to burn to their natural conclusion. The government agencies are particularly interested in your recommendations based on your Earth System Science (ESS) analysis of a fire's impact on the air, land, water, and living things.
Help the Forest Service make a decision. The next time there's a natural fire in Yellowstone National Park, should they try to put it out or let it burn? Perform an ESS analysis to predict the results under the existing policy and to support any recommendations you would make to revise the policy.
Using the protocol below and other available resources, prepare a report or presentation based on your ESS analysis in which you and your team make recommendations, predictions, inferences, or other appropriate resolutions about the problem. Be prepared to support the position you take.
Follow the steps below. They will help you make recommendations, predictions, inferences, or other appropriate resolutions to the task force of concerned government agencies.
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