Restoring Habitat with Native American Traditional Ecology
Plumas Audubon Society, Feather River Land Trust, and Maidu Summit Consortium are bringing together Native American knowledge and contemporary science to restore habitat on land sacred to the Mountain Maidu. Loss of applied Maidu traditional ecology threatens both Maidu culture and biodiversity (for example, curtailing of Maidu annual understory burning has left the forests of the Sierra Nevada overstocked and threatened by catastrophic wildfire). Maidu language, culture and ecological knowledge are intricately tied together. The proposed project will restore wildlife habitats while preserving traditional practices. Objectives are (1) to convene new and diverse partners in a Partnering for Traditional Ecology Symposium to develop a shared vision for restoring habitats that incorporates traditional ecological practices and (2) to engage 100 volunteers in four habitat restoration days that will educate and inspire participants about Maidu traditional ecology, deepen their relationship to land, and restore oak woodland and riparian habitats. This project is being led by Darrel Jury.