Faculty mentor: Brian Codding
This study analyzes the effect that Native Americans had on wildfires during the 1930s and 1950s in the Sierra Nevada Region. We compared Indigenous cultural elements that involve fire in the area they resided with data from a tree ring fire study by Taylor et al. We estimated the years between wildfires in specific locations. Cultural use of fire and wildfire data of the past has the potential to reveal relationships within ecosystems that support or reject greater wildfire burn periods.
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