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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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