In North America, the fire situation has sparked a conversation among managers, researchers, and tribes about putting fire back into the landscape, Indian style. The talk is not just about reintroducing fireâ€”that is not a new idea.
The conversation is about how state-of-the-art management strategies might benefit from an infusion of ancient indigenous wisdom. This reveals a growing consensus that todayâ€™s landscapes were shaped far more by early humans than most experts believed even a short time ago.
Our latest Digest, written by Gail Wells, outlines efforts to braid traditional ecological knowledge with Western science. It includes plenty of resources for further learning including links to videos, DVDs, research papers, workshop recordings, and books.