New Study Finds Indigenous People Used Fire To Manage Utah Forests Over 1000 Years Ago

in Environment

new study by researchers in Utah found that Indigenous people used fire over 1000 years ago to improve forest health around Fish Lake. The finding adds to a growing body of research about pre-Columbian forest management that challenges the idea that forests should be returned to a “natural” state.

When lead author Vachel Carter identified a period of high fire activity at Fish Lake, the University of Utah paleoecologist assumed it was driven by climate conditions, because it occurred during a hot, dry period.

Continue Reading on KUER 90.1