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Opportunities to utilize traditional phenological knowledge to support adaptive management of social-ecological systems vulnerable to changes in climate and fire regimes

Christopher A. Armatas, University of Montana
Tyron J. Venn, University of the Sunshine Coast; University of Montana
Brooke B. McBride, University of Montana
Alan E. Watson, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Steve J. Carver, University of Leeds

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-07905-210116

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Abstract

The field of adaptive management has been embraced by researchers and managers in the United States as an approach to improve natural resource stewardship in the face of uncertainty and complex environmental problems. Integrating multiple knowledge sources and feedback mechanisms is an important step in this approach. Our objective is to contribute to the limited literature that describes the benefits of better integrating indigenous knowledge (IK) with other sources of knowledge in making adaptive-management decisions. Specifically, we advocate the integration of traditional phenological knowledge (TPK), a subset of IK, and highlight opportunities for this knowledge to support policy and practice of adaptive management with reference to policy and practice of adapting to uncharacteristic fire regimes and climate change in the western United States.

Key words

climate change adaptation; fire-adapted ecosystems; indigenous fire management; resilience; traditional ecological knowledge; western United States

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