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Bringing People Together & Sharing Knowledge in the Northern Rockies

Fire & Traditional Knowledge

Plant ID at the STN Food Sov Garden_compressed.jpgThe Northern Rockies Fire Science Network (NRFSN) works in the ancestral territories of Tribal Nations in the Rocky Mountains, where lands far beyond reservation boundaries are important for cultural practices and ceremonies. Since time immemorial, Tribal communities have used fire to enhance valued resources and ecosystems. However, there are many challenges to managing fire for tribal resources, especially across jurisdictions. The resources on this page address the various aspects of integrating traditional and western knowledge to manage wildland fire and fuels.

The NRFSN strives to promote communication, collaboration, and shared learning in the larger wildland fire community to support tribal land managers in co-managing these ecosystems for generations to come. We urge those interested in the Northern Rockies to take time to learn about the history, treaties, and culture of the Tribes within the area where you live, work, or visit.

This hot topic was developed in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, the Pacific Southwest Research Station, and the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service.

Publications/Reports

2022 Keepers of the flame: supporting the revitalization of Indigenous cultural burning
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Chris Adlam et al.
2021 Conservation of Earth’s biodiversity is embedded in Indigenous fire stewardship
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kira M. Hoffman et al.
2021 The importance of Indigenous cultural burning in forested regions of the Pacific West, USA
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jonathan Long et al.
2021 Native American fire management at an ancient wildland-urban interface in the Southwest United States
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Christopher I. Roos et al.
2020 Indigenous knowledge and seasonal calendar inform adaptive savanna burning in northern Australia
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Michelle McKemey et al.
2020 A review of Indigenous knowledge and participation in environmental monitoring
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kim-Ly Thompson et al.
2020 Indigenous and local knowledge in sustainability transformations research: a literature review
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
David P. M. Lam et al.
2020 Integrating tribes and culture into public land management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
David Flores et al.
2020 Integrating tribes and culture Into public land management [Chapter 5.5]
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
David Flores et al.
2020 Goal setting and Indigenous fire management: a holistic perspective
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William Nikolakis et al.
2020 Indigenous fire management: a conceptual model from literature
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William Nikolakis et al.
2019 Spatiotemporal variability of human-fire interactions on the Navajo Nation
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Christopher H. Guiterman et al.
2019 Indigenous fire stewardship
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Frank K. Lake et al.
2018 When Scientists “Discover” What Indigenous People Have Known For Centuries
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
George Nicholas
2018 A Global Analysis of Hunter-Gatherers, Broadcast Fire Use, and Lightning-Fire-Prone Landscapes
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Michael R. Coughlan et al.
2018 Indigenous impacts on North American Great Plains fire regimes of the past millennium
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Christopher I. Roos et al.
2017 Returning fire to the land - Celebrating traditional knowledge and fire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Frank K. Lake et al.
2016 Weaving Indigenous and sustainability sciences to diversify our methods
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jay T. Johnson et al.
2015 Whitebark pine workshop: science, management, and community
Technical Report or White Paper
Corey L. Gucker
2015 Traditional fire-use, landscape transition, and the legacies of social theory past
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Michael R. Coughlan
2015 Forest site classification for cultural plant harvest by tribal weavers can inform management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Susan S. Hummel et al.
2015 Tribal Engagement roadmap
Technical Report or White Paper
2014 Collaboration in national forest management
Technical Report or White Paper
Susan Charnley et al.
2014 Spraycan: A PPGIS for capturing imprecise notions of place
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
J. J. Huck et al.
2014 Fire and tribal cultural resources
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Frank K. Lake et al.
2013 Rethinking the study of landscape management practices among hunter–gatherers in North America
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kent G. Lightfoot et al.
2013 Cultural impacts to tribes from climate change influences on forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Garrett Voggesser et al.
2011 Traditional wisdom – protecting wilderness as a cultural landscape
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alan E. Watson et al.
2010 Fire burners to firefighters: the Nez Perce and fire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Matthew S. Carroll et al.
2010 Fire, agency and scale in the creation of aboriginal cultural landscapes
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Andrew Martin Miller et al.
2009 Communicating about fire with tribal organizations
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Germaine White et al.
2008 Living artifacts: the ancient ponderosa pines of the West
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Stephen F. Arno et al.
2004 Private and tribal forest landowners and fire risk: a two-county case study in Washington state
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Matthew S. Carroll et al.
2003 Simulated indigenous management: a new model for ecological restoration in national parks
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
M. Kat Anderson et al.
2001 Maintaining the mosaic: the role of indigenous burning in land management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
R.W. Kimmerer et al.
2000 Using traditional ecological knowledge in science: methods and
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
H.P. Huntington
1982 Indian fires as an ecological influence in the Northern Rockies
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Stephen W. Barrett et al.
1980 Indian fires in the pre-settlement forests of western Montana
Conference Proceedings
Stephen W. Berrett
Culturally peeled trees handbook
Technical Report or White Paper
Marcy Reiser et al.

Webinars

Apr 26, 2021 Wildfires and Air Quality (Part 2) – Smoke Sense and Smoke Ready Communities
Kris Ray, Ana G. Rappold, Mary Clare Hano
Nov 13, 2020 Introduction to Tribal Lands & Their Management
Julie Thorstenson
Oct 1, 2018 Viewing and Discussion of A Record of Change: Science and Elder Observation on the Navajo Nation
John D. Weiner, Shannon McNeeley, Dominique M. David-Chavez

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