Great Lakes Fire History

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Great Lakes Fire History

The Great Lakes Fire History project is establishing tree-ring based fire history chronologies at sites across the upper Great Lakes to advance understanding of the historical role of surface fires in the pine forests of the region and how people influenced these processes.

Our sites for this project currently include:

  • Castle Mound Pine Forests State Natural Area near Black River Falls, Wisconsin
  • University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center
  • Crooked Lake of Crow Wing County, Minnesota
  • Minnesota Point Science and Natural Area, Minnesota
  • Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Funding sources: Quetico Provincial Park, Lakes State Fire Science Consortium, UW-Platteville PACCE, UW-Platteville Pioneer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (x 2)

Products

Press
Publications (* indicates undergraduate student)
  • Larson, E.R. and Green, M.A.* 2017. Fire history at the confluence of the Driftless Area and Central Sand Plains of Wisconsin: A case study from Castle Mound Pine Forest State Natural Area. Natural Areas Journal 37: 309–321.
Presentations (* indicates undergraduate student)
  • Adam Donaldson* and Evan R Larson. 2017. The historical role of people in influencing the fire regime of an old-growth red pine stand in northern Minnesota. Annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers, April 4–9, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Adam J Donaldson*, Anna R Schulz*, Ciara L Miller*, Daniel T Brumm*, Jonathan Ley*, Kalina M Hildebrandt*, Katelyn S Grgich*, Lucas C Harding*, Micah J Darling*, Narisha N Reddy*, Trevor A Zenk*, and Evan R. Larson. 2016. A history of fire, forests and people at Camp 8 Pines of the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center. Webinar given to the Forest Manager and Staff of the Cloquet Forestry Center, December 17, Platteville, Wisconsin.
  • Martha Green* and Evan R. Larson. 2015. Fire history of Castle Mound Pine Forest State Natural Area: Fire history at the edge of the Driftless Area in central Wisconsin. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 20–25, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Martha Green* and Evan R. Larson. 2015. Fire history and successional dynamics at Castle Mound Pine Forest State Natural Area: Implications for Restoration. Midwest Fire Conference: Keeping Fire Working for the Land, February 17–19, Dubuque, Iowa.
  • Martha Green* and Evan R. Larson. 2014. Castle Mound Pine Forest State Natural Area: Fire history and ecology. Connections in Nature Student Research Symposium, Riveredge Nature Center, November 8, Saukville, Wisconsin.
  • Mattea Allert*, Samantha Alvarez*, Ethan DeWitte*, Katherine Gokey*, Martha Green*, Joshua Riley*, Brittany Rogness*, Michelle Seefeld*, Elizabeth Tanner*, and Evan R. Larson.2014. Castle Mound Pine Forest State Natural Area: Fire History and Ecology. University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement (PACCE) Poster Day, April 23, Platteville, Wisconsin.

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