Ignition Point: The Underappreciated Influence of Indigenous Burns

Ignition Point: The Underappreciated Influence of Indigenous Burns

In both the present and the past, it is clear that humans have had a strong effect on why, where, and how forests burn. Recently, LIM researcher Dr. Cameron Naficy found some clues in the Southwestern Foothills showing that Indigenous cultural burning was likely a stronger influence on this landscape than previously documented in the academic literature. In this post, we share some context for the different ignition sources of Alberta wildfires and present a sneak peek into some of Dr. Naficy’s early findings.

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Why study historical fire regimes and how do we do it?

Why study historical fire regimes and how do we do it?

Here at Landscapes in Motion, we talk a lot about “looking to the past” to understand how fire regimes have shaped the landscapes of the southern Rockies in Alberta. Cameron Naficy explains how the Fire Regime team collects and interprets historical clues in order to reconstruct the fire regimes of the past - and why it’s important they do so.

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Evidence of mixed-severity fires: Setting the stage for Landscapes in Motion

Evidence of mixed-severity fires: Setting the stage for Landscapes in Motion

Several years ago, a small-scale study in west-central Alberta helped plant the seeds that eventually grew into Landscapes in Motion. Evidence of mixed-severity fires affecting several stands raised questions about the wildfire story on the larger landscape—questions that Landscapes in Motion will try to answer.

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