Doing Work on the Land of Our Ancestors: Reserved Treaty Rights Lands Collaborations
Media Type: Webinar
  • Gregory Russell
    Colorado State University
  • Michael Martinez
    Pueblo of Tesuque
  • Alan M. Hatch
    Pueblo of Santa Ana
Distribution Contact(s):
Host Agency:
  • Southwest Fire Science Consortium
Date: May 6, 2021

Cataloging Information

  • collaboration
  • fuel management
  • fuel treatment
  • land management
  • Pueblo of Santa Ana
  • Pueblo of Tesuque
  • RTRL - Reserved Treaty Rights Lands
  • tribal lands
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Record Last Modified: May 7, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 63586


This webinar considers the Reserved Treaty Rights Lands (RTRL) program and how it has been used to implement collaborative fuel management projects on National Forest lands. RTRL is a funding program administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that is designed to protect natural and cultural resources important to tribes on non-tribal lands that are at high risk from wildfire. Over the last year, our research team has studied the RTRL program in the Southwest by conducting in-depth, face-to-face interviews with tribal land managers as well as U.S. Forest Service tribal liaisons and other personnel who work with tribes. Our interviews revealed enthusiasm and support for RTRL but also concern about the program’s fairness. The aim of our work is to strengthen and expand shared stewardship efforts between tribes and federal land management agencies. We situate these implications against the backdrop of the Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burn, an RTRL funded project that was instrumental in containing the Medio Fire that broke out in the Santa Fe National Forest in the summer of 2020.

Recording Length: 1:00:52
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Link to this recording (500 MB; mp4)