Tracking past fires in the boreal forest

Sarah Cogos and Samuel Roturier, in collaboration with Lars Östlund, professor in forest history at the SLU, Umeå, Sweden, were out in the field in Jokkmokk area for 12 days in the northernmost conifer forests of Sweden. Their objectives were to find and date back tracks of past fires using fire scars on Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris) that survived to fire. To achieve this they visited forest places having toponyms that refer to fire in Sami language.

Sarah Cogos is completing her fieldwork by interviewing Sami reindeer herders to better understand the meaning and the use of these fire prone forests today.

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