These techniques are resurfacing in local fire management collaborations between tribes, U.S. Forest Service and non-governmental organizations to help prevent now-common calamities.
Scientists estimate that California needs to burn one million acres a year to prevent catastrophic wildfires. That’s more than a single agency can
manage, but if you teach one million people to burn one acre each ...
A new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences combines scientific data with Indigenous oral histories and ecological knowledge to show how the cultural burning practices of the Native people of the Klamath Mountains -- the Karuk and the Yurok tribes -- helped shape the region's forests for at least a millennia prior to European colonization.
California is calling upon Native American tribes to bring back the once-prohibited practice of lighting controlled burns to help prevent devastating wildfires that have wreaked havoc on the state.
A little over a hundred years ago, there were no dams on the Klamath River. While the mouth of the river didn’t look too different than it does now, a photograph taken around 1900 shows there was enough water in the system to support a ship offshore.
Jamie Holt, the Yurok Tribe’s lead fisheries technician, showed that photo to the people who attended a virtual seminar on the traditional ecological knowledge, science and management of salmon species on Friday. With dam removal scheduled to take place in the coming years, Holt said the photograph is an important reminder of how much the dams have altered the river’s ecosystem and how it’s cared for.
Walls, Holt said, “they’re just not meant to be within our system.”
The environmental impacts of legal and illegal growing operations are not well understood by many of the residents of Humboldt County, however, it is important that we are aware of how extractive industries impact the environment and all its relatives.
The Bay Area’s commercial salmon season has been delayed two months later than usual in order to preserve stocks of fish in Northern California. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, the federal agency that manages fishing seasons in Washington, Oregon and California is responsible for the decision. Last week the council released three possible scenarios for the upcoming season. After the public comment period, the council will announce the final dates for sport and commercial fishing on April 14. Meanwhile, recreational salmon fishing is expected to open in California on April 2 from Point Arena to the California-Mexico border under all three alternatives.
All alternatives close the California Klamath Management Zone for the season.
Thanks to a large infusion of federal funding, more than $160 million, stakeholders in the Klamath Basin are submitting proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for restoration projects. The Klamath Tribes are one of the groups submitting a proposal. Mark Buettner is an environmental scientist for the Klamath Tribes. We hear more about what the plan looks like.
"We are extremely proud of the fact that our future generations will not know a world without prey-go-neesh.”
The Yurok Tribe has been working on reintroducing the California condor to its historic territory in the redwood region for 14 years. On Monday, those efforts reached a milestone.
Imagine California condors soaring for miles and miles without even using that majestic nine-foot wingspan. Sadly, Native American tribes have had to imagine the very existence of condors for a long time — since the birds were wiped out from their ancestral territory by the early 20th century.
But this spring, the condors will soar again when they're reintroduced by the Yurok Tribe of Northern California. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the Yurok Tribe's Wildlife Department.
Tuesday, March 29, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to continue their oppositional stance toward removing the Klamath dams. While discussing theenvironmental impact statement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Commissioner Colleen Roberts chuckled into her zoom camera, saying that her staff had reviewed the document's 989 pages, but the meeting then skipped over the document's details.
The Bureau of Reclamation which has managed the Klamath Basin Water project since it built infrastructure for the irrigation district in 1902, provided an outlook on upper Klamath Lake Levels ahead of a projected announcement (scheduled for April 11) on water partitioning.