Maintaining Our Land: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Wildfire Prevention
Dr. Christina Torres Garcia
For over 100 years, Euro-American strategies devised and implemented in the western United States have contributed to an exponential increase in wildfires. By enforcing suppressive measures to disrupt natural fire regimes, U.S. fire management agencies changed forest structures, wildfire severity, and previous methods utilized by Indigenous peoples in the Northwest. Considering the historic discrimination against Traditional Ecological Knowledge systems, I propose that these care techniques, specifically the acceptance of fire as a viable influence in forest health, should be considered when utilizing preventative measures against human-caused events.
Brown, Madelyn R., "Maintaining Our Land: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Wildfire Prevention" (2020). 2020 Symposium Oral Presentations. 3.