Lecture explores tribal fire use

Discover how tribes in Southwestern Oregon used fire to help manage the land.

"The Magical Flame: Indian Use of Fire in Southwestern Oregon" will be the next lecture in the 2013 Windows in Time history series, presented by Jackson County Library Services and Southern Oregon Historical Society.

Archaeologist and historian Jeff LaLande, who worked for years for the U.S. Forest Service before retiring, will give the talk on the ecological importance of Native American-set fires. He will also discuss how widespread they were compared with lightning-caused burns.

His first presentation will be at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. It will then be repeated at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

The free lunchtime lecture series happens from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and second Wednesday of each month. For more information on the series, call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or 541-774-8689 or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123, or visit www.jcls.org.

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