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.Read More
We spent a lot of this summer talking about what our field crews were up to. But what comes next? For the Fire Regime Team, there is more to come as they begin to process the samples they collected this summer.Read More
Meet the four intrepid field crew members who will be hiking all over Alberta’s southern Rockies, collecting tree-ring, fire scar, and vegetation structure data under Cameron Naficy’s supervision.Read More
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.Read More
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.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