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What the Forest Service can learn from Indigenous fire management

The ancestral lands of the Karuk Tribe in Northern California are burning. They used to burn a lot more frequently. That’s because, before the land was stolen, and managed by private landowners and the federal government, the Indigenous people who lived there set fires on the land themselves. Frank Lake grew up learning about how fire had been used by his tribe to manage natural resources. Now, he works for the U.S. Forest Service. Lake’s research looks at the lessons the Forest Service can learn from the way Native American tribes used fire.

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