University of Nevada Cooperative Extension researchers study Native American’s past vegetation management in the Great Basin to find answers for today
Natural Resources Specialist Kent McAdoo recently studied how Native Americans used fire to maintain and modify the Great Basin centuries ago. He suggests that we now take these principles and combine them with modern science to actively manage vegetation in ways that maintain or enhance ecosystem integrity in the Great Basin today.
"The Great Basin aboriginals were active instead of reactive in their management," McAdoo, an associate professor at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, said. "We need to learn from the past to make the Great Basin’s vegetation more resistant to invasive species and resilient after a disturbance, such as wildfire. Active management reduces the spread of undesirable invasive weeds and enhances conditions for desirable native species."
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