Unformatted text preview: Purposes & effects of anthropogenic burning: • Create new clearings – Swidden cultivation • Improve productivity of favored plants – Browse or graze for hunting & herding – Growth of berries, tubers, etc. • Remove underbrush or grass – Expose animal tracks & burrows for hunting – Improve ease of travel – Reduce fire hazards near camps/villages – Reduce pests or insects • Other – Create dry firewood – Heat soil to lengthen growing season – Create/maintain successional mosaic (Mardu example--see Bird et al. 2005) Many fire ecologists are now realizing not only that recurrent burning is a good thing for ecosystem resilience and biodiversity, but that historic anthropogenic burning regimes have shaped many ecosystems and should be brought back in some form or other (Pyne 1998)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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