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In 2010, the Joint Fire Science Program, University of Washington, and Rocky Mountain Research Station sponsored a workshop in Polson, Montana. Participants recommended holding workshops on reservations that bring keepers of traditional knowledge together with representatives of management entities, practitioners, and academic and research institutions. For more information on the 2010 workshop, read "Listening and learning from traditional knowledge and western science."

In November 2012, the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, Salish Kootenai College, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the University of Idaho sponsored a field trip and workshop. The event started with discussions of why and how fire was traditionally used on the land and then explored challenges to incorporating traditional knowledge and scientific ecological knowledge into fire management. 

The goal of the 2012 workshop was to follow up on the recommendations of the 2010 workshop. Attendees of the 2012 workshop included 63 tribal members, managers, researchers, and students who were interested in working collaboratively on fire management issues across tribal and nontribal jurisdictions. We are grateful to the Tribal Elders who participated. The keynote, The Creator's Gift of Fire: Traditional Knowledge, Responsibility, and World Renewal, was presented by Frank Lake, USFS - PSW Research Station and Bill Tripp, Karuk Tribe. 

An additional workshop was held in 2014, titled "Crafting Solutions for Management of Large Wildland Fires and Prescribed Fires Across Tribal and Nontribal Jurisdictions."  A journal article on the findings from this and the 2014 workshop has been published: "Returning fire to the land - Celebrating traditional knowledge and fire."

Event Details

Nov 7 - 9 2012, All day
Presenter(s): Frank K. Lake, Bill Tripp