Benefits and sustainability of traditional gathering

Benefits and sustainability of traditional gathering by Kim_Ingram, at 9:37 a.m. on 8 August 2011,

The following question was asked of the Fire & Forest Ecosystem Health team by Bill Tripp, Eco-cultural Restoration Specialist of the Karuk Tribe, Dept. of Natural Resources:

I would appreciate it if someone could ask if they (the Fire & Forest Ecosystem Health team) are looking at how traditional gathering of Pine roots could potentially contribute to enhanced root production and associated long term below ground carbon storage and expedited growth and associated above ground carbon storage. This would help to provide documentation on the benefits and sustainability of traditional gathering as an ecosystem service and/or resource benefit that can be attributed to management actions where such traditional gathering is occurring or can otherwise be authorized to occur freely. In addition, a similar and connected activity in relation to gathering in Pine stands would be the effects on the quality and quantity of Pine nuts in relation to management actions. It is my understanding that pine nuts were historically a major component of subsistence and trade amongst Native Americans in the Sierra Nevada’s, and pine roots were a primary material in construction of the baskets utilized in the collection of that resource. There are likely additional plants associated with that ecotype that are utilized in the construction of these baskets that should be enhanced in the management of Pine stands and adjacent ecotypes within Sierra Nevada landscapes. The information on resources utilized in the construction of these baskets is likely available from local Tribes, traditional practitioners, tribal elders, and/or museums. Just food for thought.... Thank you,

Bill Tripp Eco-Cultural Restoration Specialist Karuk Tribe Dept. of Natural Resources (530) 627-3446 x3023

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