Fire Ecology: Incorporating Traditional Fire Knowledge and Methods into the Wildfire Management Paradigm

Author Name(s)

Marcelino Gonzalez

Faculty Advisor(s)

Prof. Jaime Matera

Abstract

 While wildfires are natural phenomena that occur in many different ecosystems, they have reached a new level of frequency and intensity on a global scale, as evidenced by the Australian wildfires of 2020, and the increasingly persistent hazard they present in the western United States and southern Canada on an annual basis. As a native Californian, it is impossible to overlook the increasing impact of wildfires, both in the wilderness and in the wildland-urban interface. The destruction wildfires leave in their wake has significant social, ecological, and economic costs. These include the loss of life, property and infrastructure, and hundreds of millions of dollars spent on fire suppression costs by government agencies annually. Since fire plays an integral part for many of our ecological landscapes, it’s clear that more adaptable and comprehensive fire management strategies are required to ensure ecological resilience across various fire regimes. This research examines the viability of more extensive application of traditional fire knowledge and practices used for millennia by indigenous peoples in order to achieve more effective fire management paradigms across the spectrum of ecologies both here in California and other places around the world where wildfires have increased in prevalence.

Presentation

Poster

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3 thoughts on “Fire Ecology: Incorporating Traditional Fire Knowledge and Methods into the Wildfire Management Paradigm”

  1. Antonio Sepulveda

    Good job, very informative ANd interesting subject hopefully the state of California takes up the indigenous practices of burning off the extra feul.

  2. Great idea for a poster. There was mention of indigenous approaches other than controlled burns which makes me curious as to what they are. It’d be great to have our state government incorporate more of these approaches.

  3. Significant issue! I appreciate how your poster design connects with topic. You have a lot of great information, I would have liked to have seen graphs and data presented larger on poster.

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