Workers on a prescribed burn on a snowy forested hill.
Firefighters A fire team in New Mexico treats forests to prevent high-severity wildfires that threaten the Rio Grande's water security. © Robert Findling/The Nature Conservancy

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Revitalizing Cultural Burning Practices in New Mexico and Beyond

A virtual event on June 10 hosted by TNC

Indigenous Peoples have been caring for the land since time immemorial, which includes cultural burning to maintain the health of their ancestral lands, in ceremony, for habitat protection and fuel reduction. Healthy lands support their cultural customs, supply traditional foods and medicines as well as the wildlife on which they rely.

However, when European colonizers landed on what is now known as the United States, the “right to burn” was taken from the original stewards of the landscape. This is slowly changing, as Indigenous leaders are working to bring fire back to their community.

Find out how during a free, virtual event on Thursday, June 10 from 10:00am – 11:00am MT, hosted by The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico.

The show will be moderated by Lindsey Quam, Deputy Director of Forests/Forestry and Tribal Liaison, NM Forestry Division. Featured speakers are:

  • Margo Robbins, Executive Director, Cultural Fire Management Council, Co-founder and Co-lead, Indigenous Peoples Burning Network
  • Rene Romero, Fuels Coordinator, Division of Natural Resources, Taos Pueblo

According to Rene Romero fire is critical to livelihoods: “I realized that we cannot mechanically thin our way back to a resilient landscape. We must use fire, an essential tool in finding that balance of life.”

The guests will share personal experiences and cover the following topics:

  • What led to the decrease in cultural burning among Indigenous Peoples
  • How fewer cultural burns have impacted their lands and waters
  • The benefits of cultural burning
  • How Indigenous Peoples are increasing cultural burns

Register for Revitalizing Cultural Burning Practices in New Mexico and Beyond, to be held on Thursday, June 10 from 10:00am – 11am MT.

This event is a part of the ongoing Taos Lecture Series, which is generously supported by the Taos Ski Valley Foundation. 

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