I am a staff member of the national coordinating team of the Fire Learning Network (FLN), which is related to the FAC Learning Network. I am the team’s lead for developing the Indigenous Peoples Burning Network, which is described below. I have served as a conservation employee of The Nature Conservancy for 25 years, and it has been my honor to work with many partners to develop prescribed fire programs that benefit both people and natural resources. I love seeing wildflowers bloom in the months following a controlled burn!
This is a multi-stakeholder collaboration located in the Mendocino National Forest and surrounding areas. Stakeholders include forest managers, ranchers, timber companies, environmental advocacy organizations, community members, off-road vehicle enthusiasts and participants from several Native American Indian tribes.
Indigenous Peoples Burning Network (IPBN)
The Indigenous Peoples Burning Network is a small but growing network that supports indigenous peoples' efforts to restore traditional burning practices in their ancestral homelands. The Mech-áah-xong' network is the inaugural landscape in the network, focused on the ancestral territories of the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk Tribes of northern California. Currently the Mech-áah-xong' network is emphasizing intergenerational learning about traditional fire in its many dimensions, and the development of a family-led controlled burning program.