Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R2003-186

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Indicators of Indigenous Fire Management - Learning from the Trees Themselves

Author(s): Aljam, Harold (Nicola Tribal Association)
Subject: Fire, First Nations, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


The Kentucky-Paradise lake region of the Merritt TSA is situated within Nlaka-pamux Nation territory in British Columbia. Nlaka-pmux archaeological projects finished to date in this area (funded by Weyerhaeuser Canada) support elders testimony of intensive cultural activity, including seasonal burning for sustenance objectives, prior to the creation of the federal Indian Reserves. In noting the health of this site, Weyerhaeuser, the Nicola Tribal Association and Ministry of Forests (MoF), Fire Protection Branch are proposing to analyze Douglas-fir tree-ring fire scars to provide insight into long-term, seasonally-based, indigenous burning practices as part of a Cultural Landscape Stewardship Model. This model will used to co-manage this and other Interior Douglas-fir stands from catastrophic wildfire. This fiscal year, the analysis of the tree-rings and subsequent recommendations will assist MoF Fire Protection by addressing fuel management systems for the 2003 fire season.

For further information, please contact Harold Aljam, Nicola Tribal Association (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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