Wednesday, December 30, 2020

SF Chronicle: California Native American Tribe Has Been Burning Forests for 10,000 Years. What Can We Learn From Them?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 2:37 PM

click to enlarge Rony Reed, a local Karuk tribal member who grew up dipnet fishing with his father just across the confluence at Ishi Pishi Falls, patrols the progress of a prescribed fire as part of the TREX burn training. He said it helped restore the fire management practices used a century ago by local Indians, until such burning was forcibly outlawed. - PHOTO BY STORMY STAATS/KLAMATH SALMON MEDIA COLLABORATIVE
  • Photo by Stormy Staats/Klamath Salmon Media Collaborative
  • Rony Reed, a local Karuk tribal member who grew up dipnet fishing with his father just across the confluence at Ishi Pishi Falls, patrols the progress of a prescribed fire as part of the TREX burn training. He said it helped restore the fire management practices used a century ago by local Indians, until such burning was forcibly outlawed.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting a story about the Karuk Tribe's ancestral tradition of using prescribed burning techniques to fight off wildfires.

The article follows Leeon Hillman, a member of the Karuk Tribe who "believes preventive burning would have thinned undergrowth and slowed the spread of fire enough for firefighters to be able to protect people’s property."

Read the full story here and the Journal's coverage of prescribed burning here
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