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Using Yurok Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Set Climate Change Priorities

Utilizing Yurok Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Inform Climate Change Priorities (Funded Jointly by the Northwest CSC and North Pacific LCC)

Dates

Start Date
2012
End Date
2013
Release Date
2012

Summary

The Yurok Ancestral Territory, which spans northwestern California from the coastal redwood-spruce rainforest to inland forests and prairies, has provided the Yurok Tribe with an abundance of food and cultural resources for millennia. The Yurok Tribe maintains stewardship responsibility for their Ancestral Lands, which include the Yurok Reservation, and is concerned about the potential impacts of climate change on culturally significant species and the ecosystems that support them. This project had two broad objectives: The first was to meet the needs of the Yurok Tribe in collecting traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) to identify priority areas and activities for helping the Tribe plan for and respond to climate change. The second [...]

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Purpose

The Yurok Tribe and the Yurok Reservation are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to the location and unique ecosystem that comprise Yurok Ancestral Lands, including the Yurok Reservation. The Yurok Tribe, per its tradition, history and Constitution, assert stewardship responsibilities for all resources within their Ancestral Lands. Further, the Yurok Tribe has management responsibilities for all resources within their Reservation Lands. The objective of this project was to collect and utilize Yurok Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) information to identify priority areas for tribal research, resource management, and adaptation planning to assist the Tribe in responding and adapting to or mitigating climate change impacts. It also was intended to serve as a model, utilizing culturally-appropriate ethnographic methods, for tribes and non-tribal entities (such as federal resource managers like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others) to incorporate TEK in identifying science and management priorities, methods, and responses to the complex issues of climate change where mutually beneficial. General themes based on observed changes over time emerged from interviews with tribal elders and were identified as concerns by the participants. These involve the decrease in the presence, abundance, or availability of species; loss of habitats and ecosystems; changes in timing and associations traditionally relied upon to signal the timing of migratory species; and even the complete disappearance of some species. Serious concerns about observed changes in Klamath River and tributary flows, temperatures, and water quality were expressed. Many remarked on changing seasons, changes in temperature, changes in precipitation associated with specific seasons, loss of fog, and the current historic (2014) drought. Everyone had observed gradual and progressive changes over their lifetimes in numerous resources and ecosystems. Community structures have changed and TEK associations signaling the arrival and availability of many foods may no longer work as a result of these changes.

Project Extension

projectStatusCompleted

Budget Extension

annualBudgets
year2012
fundingSources
amount21200.0
sourceNW CSC
amount27229.0
sourceNPLCC
totalFunds48429.0
totalFunds48429.0

Additional Information

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object
agendas
themes
number1
nameClimate Science & Modeling
options
number2
nameResponse of Physical Systems to Climate Change
options
number3
nameResponse of Biological Systems to Climate Change
options
number4
nameVulnerability and Adaptation
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btrue
number5
nameMonitoring and Observation Systems
options
number6
nameData, Infrastructure, Analysis, and Modeling
options
number7
nameCommunication of Science Findings
options
btrue
nameNorthwest CSC Agenda
urlhttp://www.doi.gov/csc/northwest/upload/NW-CSC-Science-Agenda-2012-2015.pdf

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