U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
This case study describes the traditional prescribed burning practices carried out by the Karuk tribe who live and manage 1.48 million acres of their aboriginal lands along the Klamath and Salmon Rivers in northern California. The article describes the benefits of indigenous burning, such as reducing the risk of high-severity wildfire that can threaten people and natural systems such as forests and wetlands near rivers and streams. It also discusses Karuk Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and the need for knowledge sovereignty, and highlights several other related reports such as the Karuk Climate Vulnerability Assessment.