Forests, fire histories, and futures of Columbian and Rocky Mountain forests, western Canada

Davis, Emma L. and Courtney Mustaphi, Colin and Pisaric, Michael F. J.. (2018) Forests, fire histories, and futures of Columbian and Rocky Mountain forests, western Canada. Western Geography, 23. pp. 3-11.

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Throughout the past few decades, shifting perspectives on fire management have led to the recognition that disturbance by fire is critical in maintaining ecological resilience in fireadapted forests and grasslands. Long-term fire histories provide important information for land and resource managers seeking to understand the controls on wildfire dynamics in western North America. In this paper we summarize fire history research that has recently been undertaken in the Canadian Cordillera. Using proxy records to reconstruct fire activity and vegetation change, these studies shared the overarching goal of identifying factors that control long-term fire regimes. A further aim was to identify how human activity has measurably altered various aspects of fire regimes. Looking to the future, these studies highlight the need to continue integrating information about local fire regimes and historical land-use activities when developing responsible fire and resource management strategies and identifying conservation priorities.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Geowissenschaften > Geoökologie (Heiri)
UniBasel Contributors:Courtney-Mustaphi, Colin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Canadian Association of Geographers Western Division WCAG
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:16 Nov 2020 16:15
Deposited On:16 Nov 2020 16:15

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