Landscapes in Motion has a mission to understand the fire history of Alberta’s southwest Rockies, which includes looking at pre-industrial fire and landscape patterns and seeing how they’ve changed. There are a lot of reasons that the nature and frequency of fire has changed in this region, and one very important reason was the suppression of Indigenous burning practices by European settlers and the Canadian government. We are honoured to present the following guest post by Amy Cardinal Christianson, a Métis/Cree woman raised in Treaty 8 territory and currently a fire scientist with the Canadian Forest Service.Read More
Have you ever walked through a recently burned forest? As your blackened boots would attest, the trees are not the only part of the forest that burned. What happens to forest soils during a wildfire, and how does the severity of the fire affect these changes?Read More
Is a recently burned forest a wasteland, or something much more exciting? Hear the story behind some of the creatures that rely on burned forests for their next meal, including the iconic Black-backed Woodpecker.Read More
There are many different ways to look at wildfires. In this installation of a Wildfire Story, we explore the concept of severity. What is the difference between high- and low-severity fires, and how do these differences affect the shape of the landscape?Read More
When you close your eyes and picture a fire, what do you see?
Learn how perceptions of the role of fire in the southwest Rockies are evolving and discover how Landscapes in Motion is studying this question at an unprecedented scale.Read More