The Land That Gives Life
Wildfires are a common natural occurrence in Pimachiowin Aki. Most wildfires are suppressed to protect Pimachiowin Aki’s people, wildlife and resources. Fires that pose little threat are allowed to burn to fulfill their natural role and bring benefits to the environment, such as:
- Rejuvenate the soil
- Eliminate invasive species
- Regenerate shrubs and grasses that animals eat or use for nesting
Average number of forest fires in Pimachiowin Aki between 2001-2012More Fast Facts
When fire comes to a rocky area, blueberries come after the fire and feed a lot of animals.Anishinaabe Elder
Resources in the boreal forest are widely dispersed. Some resources shift their location over time, like after a forest fire. Survival depends on knowing where to find resources for harvesting at any given time throughout the year.