I've changed my question just slightly and my new inquiry question is “How should government funding be used for the prevention of wildfires?”. I decided on this topic when I was on holiday and passing through the Okanagan and I noticed several forest fires burning in the mountains. It then reminded me of the previous summer when I was in Yellowstone National Park when I saw a small area that looked as if there had been a wildfire, but my parents told me that it was likely a controlled fire. I thought it was absurd that they would purposely burn down trees, but then I learned that there are actually some positive effects of forest fires. Therefore, I’m curious as to what kind of impact forest fires have on the environment, wildlife and humans, and what can be done to manage wildfires and reduce the negative effects they have. Then from that information, I will later research what governments have done to prevent/control wildfires in the past, and how government funding should be used towards wildfire prevention.
Research Round 1: Introduction to wildfires, causes and factors
In my first round of research, I want to first have a good understanding of how wildfires work. I will research the conditions for a wildfire to start, the natural causes of wildfires as well as human causes of wildfires, and environmental factors that make wildfires more destructive.
Research Round 2: Impact on vegetation and wildlife
In my second round of research, I will investigate both the positive and negative effects that wildfires have on the vegetation and wildlife that live in the area affected by a wildfire.
Research Round 3: Impact on water and soil
In my third round of research, I will look into how the surrounding water and soil are impacted by wildfires; that is, how wildfires may affect the fertility of the soil or the quality of the water perhaps.
As you may notice, in these three rounds of research I do not yet address my main question, “How should government funding be used for the prevention of wildfires?”. That is because I plan to first do research on the impact they have on the environment, human lives and economy before I address my question. That way, I can base my answer on my research of the impact wildfires have and what has been done to prevent or control them in the past and how it has worked. Therefore, I will need more rounds of research before I fully address my inquiry question at the end, but these are the first three rounds of research I plan to do for this cycle. If you have any ideas, suggestions or websites I can use, feel free to comment below.
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