Returning fire to the land: celebrating traditional knowledge and fire
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): F. K. Lake; V. Wright; P. Morgan; M. McFadzen; D. McWethy; C. Stevens-Rumann
Publication Year: 2017

Cataloging Information

  • American Indians
  • communication
  • communities
  • conservation
  • cross-jurisdiction
  • ecological knowledge
  • fire management
  • fuels reduction
  • integration
  • land management
  • landscapes
  • learning network
  • Montana
  • Native Americans
  • research needs
  • wildfires
  • wildland fire
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 55681
Tall Timbers Record Number: 33755
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: Available
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.


North American tribes have traditional knowledge about fire effects on ecosystems, habitats, and resources. For millennia, tribes have used fire to promote valued resources. Sharing our collective understanding of fire, derived from traditional and western knowledge systems, can benefit landscapes and people. We organized two workshops to investigate how traditional and western knowledge can be used to enhance wildland fire and fuels management and research. We engaged tribal members, managers, and researchers to formulate solutions regarding the main topics identified as important to tribal and other land managers: cross-jurisdictional work, fuels reduction strategies, and wildland fire management and research involving traditional knowledge. A key conclusion from the workshops is that successful management of wildland fire and fuels requires collaborative partnerships that share traditional and western fire knowledge through culturally sensitive consultation, coordination, and communication for building trust. We present a framework for developing these partnerships based on workshop discussions.

Online Link(s):
Lake, F. K., V. Wright, P. Morgan, M. McFadzen, D. Mcwethy, and C. Stevens-Rumann. 2017. Returning fire to the land: celebrating traditional knowledge and fire. Journal of Forestry, v. 115, no. 5, p. 343-353. 10.5849/jof.2016-143R2.