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Partner Webinar: Fighting Fire with Fire: Restoring Traditional Indigenous Practices for Ecological Stewardship
May 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Environmental Law Institute Webinar: Fighting Fire with Fire: Restoring Traditional Indigenous Practices for Ecological Stewardship
Cynthia R. Harris, Director, Tribal Programs; Deputy Director, Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programming, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Michael Connor, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Frank Lake, Research Ecologist, US Forest Service
Matthew S. Reischman, Assistant Deputy Director, Resource Protection, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Bill Tripp, Deputy Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization, Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources
Webinar Description: In 2018, six wildfires in California caused approximately $12 billion in property damage and tragically claimed over a hundred lives. As climate change continues to drive hotter, drier, and more combustible conditions, the fire season in the western portion of the United States is becoming longer, more intense, and costlier.
For millennia, indigenous peoples have used prescribed fires – intentionally setting precisely timed, low-intensity fires to clear biomass – as a means to manage forest ecosystems as well as being an important cultural practice. Historically, as non-indigenous people expanded westward, state and federal authorities effectively banned tribes from this practice.
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