This series focuses on historically underrepresented communities who have always protected, defended and cared for our lands. A variety of scholars, professionals and leaders will share long-held generational knowledge in harmony with land stewardship. These webinars intend to sow new seeds of thought and understanding into our collective consciousness. Embracing all natural resource perspectives and practices will lead our disciplines forward into a more just, equitable and inclusive present and future.
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Guest Presenter: February 25, 2021
The Nature Conservancy
The Indigenous Peoples Burning Network:
Revitalizing Indigenous fire stewardship in a contemporary context
Indigenous Peoples across North America and around the world have prospered through pro-active relationships with fire, manifested in sophisticated fire systems since time immemorial. These eco-cultural systems have shaped the plant and animal dynamics we see across large landscapes today. Contemporary systems of fire exclusion across the US and local communities that do not practice active fire stewardship are relatively new. While Native Americans have been persecuted and punished throughout the past century for attempts to practice fire stewardship in their ancestral territories, there is a growing recognition that the dominant contemporary system is under strain. Indigenous Peoples have a role in bringing fire back into balance, even if a new equilibrium is needed under the influence of climate change. Started in 2015, the Indigenous Peoples Burning Network (IPBN) is a support network among Native American communities that are revitalizing their traditional fire cultures in a contemporary context. Administered by The Nature Conservancy, the IPBN is rooted in the principles of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and it is led by its Leadership Team of cultural fire practitioners from participating tribes. Margo Robbins, co-founder of the IPBN and cultural leader in the Yurok Tribe said, ““Our culture is completely dependent upon fire. Without fire, our culture will not survive. It’s that simple.”
Mary Huffman received her B.S. degree in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, her M.S. in Botany from Miami University in Ohio and her Ph.D. in fire science from Colorado State University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on connections among traditional fire knowledge, community-based fire management and the fire ecology of Ocote pine (Pinus oocarpa) in Chiapas, Mexico. Mary is a career-long employee of The Nature Conservancy, specializing in prescribed fire management and fire management partnerships. She currently serves as the Director of the Indigenous Peoples Burning Network. Mary would like to acknowledge María Fernández-Giménez and Kathleen Galvin of Colorado State University for helping to broaden the very definition of conservation to include the Indigenous Peoples and traditional practitioners whose management systems continue to shape many of the world’s ecosystems today.
Society of American Foresters
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot (among others), it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world.
2020 SAF Virtual National Convention
Oct. 30- Nov. 3, 2020
Society for Range Management
The Society for Range Management (SRM) is an international scientific society and conservation organization dedicated to studying, conserving, managing and sustaining a variety of rangelands around the world.
2021 SRM Virtual Annual Meeting
Society for Ecological Restoration
The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is a professional organization that encompasses a global community of restoration professionals engaged in restoring damaged ecosystems through research and practice.
2021 High Altitude Revegetation Committee SER-RM Conference
Colorado State University
Week of April 12, 2021
2021 World SER Conference
June 19-24, 2021
Association for Fire Ecology
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) is an organization of professionals dedicated to improving the knowledge and use of fire in land management through science and education.
2021 AFE International Fire Congress
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida
November 30 – December 4, 2021