Fire and Heritage Resources Information
From A Bare Bones Guide to Fire Effects on Cultural Resources, by Kate Winthrop, July 2004:
Fire effects to cultural resources, and the appropriate ways to manage for these effects, are context dependent. Fire itself is dependent on a suite of variables which change across the landscape; fire in grassland is likely to produce different effects to cultural materials than fire through a forest with heavy duff. Different types of archaeological materials, such as varieties of toolstone or types of ceramics may react differently in similar fire-related circumstances. This guide offers technical information which cultural resource specialists can use to craft locally and regionally appropriate strategies for protecting cultural resources within the context of fire. To read more, click here: Guide to Fire Effects on Cultural Resources .
For a link to the Rainbow Series of reports on the effects of wildland fire on ecosystems, click here: Rainbow Series.
American Indian use of fire in ecosystems - Bibliography
Gerald W. Williams, Ph.D., former National Historian for the USDA Forest Service has put together a rather large bibliography (107 pages) on the American Indian use of fire in ecosystems. Dr. Williams reports that "The bibliography has an introduction, about 95 pages of references (some annotated),followed by a list of every tribe/band that I could find that has documentation regarding ire in ecosystems. Very compelling evidence that most of the forests and prairies were regularly burned for thousands of years by the Indians."