Putting Fire on the Land: Montana Tribes Use Traditional Knowledge to Restore Forests

Art Trahan picked a huckleberry and popped it into his mouth, surveying the forest around him. To Trahan, a veteran fire technician and firefighter for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire, the legacy of fire is clear in the Garden Creek area of the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana.

This forest has seen multiple prescribed burns under CSKT management, and forest growth is indicative of that. Mature ponderosa pine trees tower above younger ponderosa and western larch. Huckleberry and buffaloberry bushes intermingle with other bright green foliage in the underbrush. read more >>