Indigenous Land Management Is the Best Answer to the Wildfire Crisis


As drought and climate change make fires worse, officials are returning to Native nations’ time-tested techniques. Returning the land would be better.

Nick Martin/May 21, 2021

Last August, as yet another season of historic wildfires ripped through the West and sent plumes of smoke drifting across the continent, reporters and editors everywhere began asking a version of the same two basic questions: Why does this keep happening, and how did it get so bad? They published interviews with the usual suspects—firefighters, Ph.D.-holders, and park employees, many of whom offered one of two basic answers: climate change and colonization.

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