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Fire history along a historic travel corridor in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Presented by Dr. Kurt KIPFMUELLER on 16 May 2013 from 09:20 to 09:40
Type: Oral Presentation
We developed a fire history of a portion of the Boundary Waters Cane Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, USA using more than 70 remnant Pinus resinosa stumps collected within an historic canoe travel corridor in Lac La Croix. Our search builds on the efforts of Heinselman to better understand the relative influence of climate and Ojibwe occupancy patterns on the area’s fire regime. Crossdated fire years derived from the samples were analyzed to determine the synchrony of fire events across space and time and to test the relationship between fires and drought. In addition, fire frequency is being examined within the context of Ojibwe occupancy and French Voyageur trade patterns to assess the impact of human activities on Lac La Croix’s Pinus resinosa fire regimes prior to extensive Euro-American land use.