Ecological effects and management implications of Indian fires
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Stephen F. Arno
Editor(s): James E. Lotan; Bruce M. Kilgore; William C. Fischer; Robert W. Mutch
Publication Year: 1985

Cataloging Information

  • Canada
  • chaparral
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • forest types
  • grasslands
  • lightning
  • montane forests
  • Native Americans
  • natural areas management
  • pine forests
  • pinyon-juniper
  • presettlement fires
  • presettlement vegetation
  • sagebrush
  • subalpine forests
  • wilderness fire management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 5510
Tall Timbers Record Number: 2714
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-182
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Current evidence suggests that Indian fires substantially augmented those set by lightning in grassland, shrubland, and certain lower-elevation forest types for a millennium before settlement by Euro-Americans. In some large areas Indian fires apparently had a marked and continuing influence on vegetation. Managers of wilderness and other natural areas should assess the probable effects of past Indian fires on their ecosystems and consider this information in developing management alternatives.

Online Link(s):
Arno, Stephen F. 1985. Ecological effects and management implications of Indian fires. Pages 81-86. In: Lotan, James E.; Kilgore, Bruce M.; Fischer, William C.; Mutch, Robert W. (editors). Proceedings, Symposium and Workshop on Wilderness Fire, Missoula, Montana, November 15-18, 1983: proceedings of a symposium. General Technical Report INT-GTR-182. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.