Here’s a nice write-up by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy on the funding they have approved for the Sierra-Sequoia Burn Cooperative, an initiative I help to coordinate: https://sierranevada.ca.gov/snc-funds-prescribed-fire-cultural-burning-training-project/
(Reposted from Comparative Wests)
Recently I talked with North Fork Mono/Chukchansi Yokuts basketmaker
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Not a lot of text in this post, only some quick photos. Last Saturday, April 21, a work crew from Santa Cruz-based American Conservation Experience (ACE) and AmeriCorps helped Ron Goode with a few cultural burns in the Sierra foothills. Also on hand to help were Ron’s nephew, Jesse, and yours truly.
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That tribes have been able to maintain their discrete identities as national groups can be attributed to their steadfast adherence to their mission as a distinct people, as revealed to them in creation or upon one of their migrations… Tribes are, therefore, ultimately guided by internal prophetic instructions rather than external political and economic events, and the success or failure of the tribe in dealing with unexpected problems can be traced to this concern with fulfilling their cosmic responsibilities
So, I’m easing into the whole blogging thing here.
After participating in the Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire and Smoke Symposium this week, I think I’ll go ahead and devote my first-ever blog entry to how Indigenous fire can bring order to the land.
My friend Ron W. Goode, Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe, uses fire to care for a stand of sourberry (Rhus trilobata) on land that his family owns in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Here’s a “before” photo of a tangled, overgrown portion of the sourberry stand prior to burning:
After carefully preparing the site with pathways and firebreaks…
…Ron conducted a contained burn in the sourberry stand:
And here’s an “after” picture.