A new study by North Carolina State University finds the number of acres destroyed by wildfire in the United States in the past two years is double the number just 30 years ago. Their researchers point to warmer-than-average surface temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns, which they predict will only get worse. Those trends mean forestry officials have to work both to prevent the most destructive fires and restore areas that burned. Traditional tribal ecological knowledge can inform that work and some non-tribal officials are taking notice. Monday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce spoke with Daniel Denipah (Ohkay Owingeh), forestry director for Santa Clara Pueblo; Tommy Cabe (Eastern Band of Cherokee), forest resource specialist for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; and ShiNaasha Pete (Navajo and Eastern Shawnee), reforestation forester with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Break 1 music: Burn with the Sun (song) Son of Hwéeldi (artist) 019910 (album)
Break 2 music: Buffalo (song) Algin Scabby Robe (artist) Along The Way: Round Dance Songs (album)