ArcBurn

Linking field-based and experimental methods to quantify, predict, and manage fire effects on cultural resources

This project is designed to integrate cultural resources information into fire management decision processes. This extends beyond NHPA compliance and requires a collaborative approach among fire scientists, forest ecologists, archaeologists, and fire managers to ensure that the best science is effectively and appropriately used to guide management plans; and that these plans are defensible and reasonable under dynamic environmental conditions. Thus, we propose an experimental program to quantify the direct effects of heat treatment (e.g. wildfires) and the indirect effects of wildfires (e.g. erosion) on prehistoric cultural resources including stone tool (lithic) assemblages, ceramics, and architectural stone.

Please read the final report here.
This project was funded by the Joint Fire Science Program #12-1-04-5 (visit the project on the JFSP website).

Read a project description here or check out the poster with photos

Project Partners

  • Rachel Loehman, Research Landscape Ecologist, USGS Alaska Science Center (PI)
  • Bret Butler, US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Fire Sciences Lab
  • Jamie Civitello, National Park Service, Bandelier National Monument
  • Connie Constan, US Forest Service, Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District
  • Jennifer Dyer, US Forest Service, Six Rivers National Forest
  • Zander Evans, Forest Stewards Guild
  • Megan Friggens, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory
  • Rory Gauthier, National Park Service, retired
  • Rebekah Kneifel,US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station Fire Sciences Lab
  • Jim Reardon, US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Fire Sciences Lab
  • Madeline Scheintaub, National Parks Service, Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Anastasia Steffen, National Parks Service, Valles Caldera National Preserve

Resources

Please fell free to submit suggestions for other useful resources to Zander Evans (zander@forestguild.org)

Do you have a resource to contribute? email zander@forestguild.org.