Indigenous people have been land stewards for centuries. As we begin to grapple with the increasing challenges of population increase in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), it may be time to turn to indigenous knowledge of wildfire planning. A new research article out of the National Academy of Sciences looks at how Native Americans practiced wood collection and burning to make their communities more resilient to wildland fire. Read the article to learn more about indigenous knowledge of wildfire planning.
Roos, Christopher I., et al. “Native American fire management at an ancient wildland–urban interface in the Southwest United States.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118.4 (2021).