Life on Fragile Landscapes

Sylvia Torti

First, we will start out with a discussion and "lecture" about the topic: how humans have succeeded or failed to survive on fragile landscapes. Discussion will include:

a) what is a fragile landscape?
b) Examples of stories from around the world
c) Utah ancient people, climate change, monsoons, drought
d) Humans as responders to climate and land and humans as modifiers of landscape.

Next, I will lead a hike where we talk informally about ecology of plants, elevational zones, ecosystem of Dixie.  Lastly, I will read from novel within the context of land use in Chiapas and human/land/war discussion.