Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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Supporting tribal wildland fire programs

Join on zoom. Presenter: Peter Wakeland, Acting Superintendent with the Puget Sound Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Grand Ronde tribal member, and Oregon State University, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management...

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The surprising history of wildfires and the West

View video (4:26) We’ve spent 100 years growing a tinderbox across the West. Now it’s wildfire season. Controlled burning – an indigenous tradition that’s been used for millennia – might be a...

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How traditional tribal perspectives influence ecosystem restoration

View article. The hundreds of Indigenous tribes in the United States harbor diverse perspectives about the natural world, yet they share many views that are important for ecosystem restoration efforts. This paper...

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We’re not doing enough prescribed fire in the western US to mitigate wildfire risk

View article. Prescribed fire is one of the most widely advocated management practices for reducing wildfire hazard and has a long and rich tradition rooted in indigenous and local ecological knowledge. The...

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Exploring a multi-disciplinary approach to incorporating traditional knowledge into fuels treatments

View article. This study sampled 30 plot pairs that were treated or untreated prior to being burned by the North Star Fire and again one growing season post fire. Species diversity was...

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Community conversations: Applying traditional knowledge to fire management

View brief. Challenges and solutions in applying TK and western knowledge (WK) to current approaches of wildland fire, fuels, and natural and cultural resource management.

Fire regime on a cultural landscape: Navajo Nation

View article. We worked with the Navajo Nation Forestry Department to evaluate the historical role of fire on a 50 km2 landscape bisected by a natural mountain pass. The landscape experienced frequent...

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Returning fire to the land: Celebrating traditional knowledge and fire

View webinar recording. In this webinar, Frank Lake, Research Ecologist with the Pacific Southwest Research Station will present findings from workshops held in 2012 and 2014 to investigate how traditional and western...

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Using narrative stories to understand Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the Great Basin

View webinar recording. This pilot project used a method of naïve interviewing with tribal youths to gather narrative “micro stories” from elders and key tribal members and then answering a series of...

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Returning fire to the land – Celebrating traditional knowledge and fire

View article. For this study, researchers organized two workshops to investigate how traditional and western knowledge can be used to enhance wildland fire and fuels management and research. Tribal members, managers, and...

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