Wildfire in the Valley of the Wild Roses
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Linda Moon Stumpff
Compiler(s): Alan E. Watson; Stephen J. Carver; Zdenka Krenova; Brooke Baldauf McBride
Publication Year: 2015

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  • New Mexico
  • resilience
  • Santa Clara Canyon
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FRAMES Record Number: 20347


Santa Clara Indian Pueblo lands are adjacent to the Jemez National Forest, Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve. This paper explores Pueblo vulnerability and resilience after repeated and devastating fires in this century as a result of drought and climate change. Santa Clara Pueblo holds a rich store of traditional knowledge about the fire-prone ecosystems that contributes to restoration efforts after this series of high-severity fires in the Jemez Mountains. Forested lands and wilderness shrines are lost, Santa Clara Creek and watershed suffers from erosion and much of the Pueblo's protected lands burned along with Pueblo archeological and cultural sites on public lands. Long ago, the Pueblo created a three zone management system that preserved the upper wild lands as a sacred source of water, protected the middle creek as an ancestral home, and created a homeland sup-ported by sustainable agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley. Deep interviews and discussions with key tribal and western scientists provided sources for this paper that explores how Western Science and Pueblo Wisdom converge in emerging interactions around re-wilding, restoration and protection of the Pueblo model.

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Stumpff, Linda Moon. 2015. Wildfire in the Valley of the Wild Roses. Page 182-186. In: Watson, Alan; Carver, Stephen; Krenova, Zdenka; McBride, Brooke (compilers). Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Tenth World Wilderness Congress symposium; 2013, 4-10 October, Salamanca, Spain. Proceedings RMRS-P-74. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.