A JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network
Bringing People Together & Sharing Knowledge in the Northern Rockies

Linking basic and applied research, multi-resource management, public education, and enforcement: post-fire archeology on the Shoshone National Forest

Date: October 17, 2014
Presenter(s): Lawrence Todd

Especially in remote, Wilderness settings, fires produce a complex array of both direct and indirect impacts to heritage resources that creates a cascade of complex research and management issues and opportunities. Over the last decade we have been working to align goals of academic research programs and historic preservation initiatives with Forest management needs on the Shoshone National Forest (SNF) in northwestern Wyoming. Through collaboration in data sharing, bundling of funding, active in-field engagement, and large-scale regional resource modeling projects, we have been working to bridge the gaps between the potentials and lessons from regionally focused basic archaeological research with the applied management needs of both the SNF and larger-scale programs such as Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER). The challenges of researching and managing archaeological resources after large wildland fires has become increasingly clear on the SNF. Not only do fires destroy some unique perishable resources, they also expose large-scale, complex prehistoric archaeological landscapes. These rich prehistoric sites have unprecedented research opportunities, but also serve as attractants vulnerable to artifact thieves and site looters. Examples drawn from post-fire archaeological inventory and management collaboration are used to highlight some of the prospects and pitfalls working toward an integrated view of the social, biological, and physical processes shaping the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Topic(s): Fire Effects, Cultural, Post-fire Management, Post-fire Rehabilitation
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Video
NRFSN number: 13738
Record updated: Dec 16, 2015