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Ancient Indigenous practice could curtail today’s wildfires

Ayurella Horn-Muller of Axios reports on a new study about Indigenous forest management practices.

The C3 Take
  • A new study in Science Advances has found that Indigenous land management practices, including prescribed burns, would curtail today’s wildfires.
  • Regulatory barriers such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) can delay forest management practices by an average of 4.7 years.
  • Lawmakers at the state and federal levels should learn from this study and reduce the barriers that prevent active forest management practices from taking place.
  • By studying and learning from the past we can have a safer future.

“Between 1500 and 1900, Indigenous tribes in the southwestern U.S. regularly burned grasses, small trees and vegetation to clear out debris, invite plant growth and utilize more land for farming, Toya tells Axios.”

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