Modeling human impacts to the borderlands environment from a fire ecology perspective
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Suzanne K. Fish
Coordinator(s): Peter F. Ffolliott; Leonard F. DeBano; Malchus B. Baker Jr.; Gerald J. Gottfried; Gilberto Solis-Garza; Carleton B. Edminster; Daniel G. Neary; Robert H. Hamre
Publication Year: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • anthropogenic effects
  • apache practices
  • archaeological sequence
  • Arizona
  • borderlands
  • deserts
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire frequency
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • grasslands
  • grazing
  • hunting
  • intensive cultivation
  • lightning caused fires
  • national forests
  • Native Americans
  • New Mexico
  • prehistoric agriculturalists
  • prehistoric settlement patterns
  • pueblos
  • range management
  • runoff
  • shrubs
  • vegetation surveys
  • wildfires
  • woody plants
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Record Last Modified: September 29, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 44659
Tall Timbers Record Number: 20055
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RM-289
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The methods and motivations for fire use varied for late prehistoric societies of the Southwest. Although fire was probably used to increase the returns from hunting and gathering on marginal lands, it seems doubtful that comprehensive burning was used as a tool within patterned agrarian settings and immediate sustaining areas. Controlled rather than comprehensive uses of fire were the key to improving natural vegetation structure.

Online Link(s):
Fish, S. K. 1996. Modeling human impacts to the borderlands environment from a fire ecology perspective, in PF Ffolliott, LF DeBano, MB Baker, GJ Gottfried, G Solis-Garza, CB Edminster, DG Neary, and RH Hamre eds., Effects of fire on Madrean province ecosystems: a symposium proceedings. March 11-15, 1996, Tuscon, AZ. Fort Collins, CO, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, General Technical Report RM-289, p. 125-134.