Returning Fire to the Land: Celebrating Traditional Knowledge and Fire

December 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

For millennia, many tribes across North America used fire to promote valued resources. Sharing our collective understanding offire and fire management, derived from both traditional and western knowledge systems, can benefit landscapes and communities.

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 knowledge can be used to enhance wildland fire and fuels management and research. The workshops engaged tribal members, managers, and researchers to identify challenges and formulate solutions regarding cross-jurisdictional work, fuel reduction strategies, and wildland fire management and research involving lands important to tribes. A key conclusion from the workshops is that successful management of wildland fire and fuels requires collaborative partnerships that share traditional and western fire knowledge through culturally sensitive consultation, coordination, and communication for building trust. Dr. Lake will present a framework for developing these partnerships based on workshop discussions. This webinar features the findings of one article in a Journal of Forestry special issue on Tribal Forestry and Wildland fires.

You can register for the webinar here.