Through this project, the Karuk Tribe aims to improve Karuk socio-ecological resilience to drought by (a) increasing access to drought-relevant data for Karuk Tribal managers and (b) increasing Karuk community engagement in research, monitoring, and management activities to better integrate Indigenous and Western science and management systems and achieve more rapid awareness of and response to drought impacts across the landscape.
The project team will build out a drought resilience data portal to enable Karuk natural resources managers to access geospatial data in a user-friendly way. The team will also build on the previous five years of Agroecosystem Climate Assessment and Food Grove plot data collection, which has resulted in baseline data of cultural food, fiber, and medicinal plant focal species that are important for Karuk culture. With this grant the team plans to revisit the 9 existing plots and 20 focal patches and create 3 new plots for seasonal visits and harvest visits, where they will be monitoring drought impacts on cultural resources. These plots are located in areas that are within the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) implementation areas and/or Tribally-owned land, and thus, the team is able to make recommendations on land management based on data collected (including cultural practitioner observations).
Lastly, the team will expand its engagement of Indigenous cultural practitioners, community members, and their families in the process, in places they gather or live, to support intergenerational knowledge transfer and so that the users of the cultural plants will be part of the drought monitoring and management recommendations for WKRP.
This research was funded by NIDIS through the FY 2022 Coping with Drought Competition – Building Tribal Drought Resilience. For more information, please contact Britt Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Crystal Stiles (email@example.com).