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Issue 129 | June 19, 2015

New Fire Science Digest:
Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Modern Fire Management

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Modern Fire Management - New Fire Science Brief
New Fire Science Digest:

TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE:

 A Model for Modern Fire Management? 

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 fire—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 today’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. 

"A growing number of natural resource academics and practitioners are hopeful that the knowledge and experience of America’s first people can be combined with Western scientific practice to make America’s landscapes more resilient, both ecologically and socially. "
~ Gail Wells, Science Writer
Read the the Digest
Photo: Starting the fire: Cultural Fire Returns to the Pinnacles National Park,
JFSP Project 10-1-09-3

 
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