What are the Historic Fire Frequencies in Midwestern Forests, Woodlands, and Savannas? New Data from a 226- Year Fire Scar Record.

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Abstract

Management for maintaining native diversity in our natural areas is based on understanding and mimicking historic conditions. Our understanding of historic fire frequencies in the region is based upon landscape characteristics, climate, peoples anecdotal accounts (settlers, trappers, scientific expeditions, etc.), and tree fire scar records (the most objective of the three). We recently analyzed fire scars from a clear cut woodland that allowed us to create a 226-year tree ring and fire scar record (1770 to 1996) in Hamilton County, Illinois, representing one of the longest and most important fire records in the Midwest. The talk will explain how this data relates to historic human populations in the region and what it means for managing our natural areas.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWild Things Conference 2011
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • INHS

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