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Research Symposium: Culturally Significant Plants and Climate Change

A South Central CASC FY19 Grants Competition Project
Principal Investigator
April Taylor

Dates

Release Date
2019
Start Date
2020-03-09
End Date
2021-03-08

Summary

The loss or decline of culturally significant plants is a major concern for many tribal managers. Culturally significant plants are essential to many aspects of life for tribal members, including medicine, ceremonial practices, and traditional food dishes. In many parts of the U.S., droughts, floods, and changes in the timing of frost events are stressing these plants and in some cases have led to decreases in their areas of suitable habitat or a reduction in their resistance to disease. The goal of this project is to hold a research symposium that will bring together tribal resource managers and scientists from a range of disciplines in the South Central region to identify which culturally significant species are of most concern, [...]

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Purpose

Loss, or decreasing populations, of culturally significant plants is a major concern for many tribal managers. Culturally significant plants are essential in many ways of life for tribal members; including uses in medicines, ceremonial practices and traditional food dishes. In many parts of the U.S., droughts, floods and changes in timing of frost are creating stress on culturally significant plants, in many cases, leading to decreases in their areas of suitable habitat or lowering their resistance to disease. To address this need, this project will develop a research symposium to bring the tribal managers and researchers in multiple disciplines to discuss what species are of concern, how those species are being affected by climate and potential management tools that can be implemented to better plan and assist in the future survival of culturally significant plants. In the face of ongoing climate change trends, this research symposium will develop a network for climate-related research around culturally significant plants, resulting in new working or research groups, and/or highlighting tribal interests, needs and climate science priorities.

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typeTechnical Summary
valueThis project will develop a research symposium on the topic of culturally significant plant species and climate change. The first goal of the research symposium will be to (1) share examples (as appropriate) of plants significant to tribal culture that are affected by climate variability and change. This goal will offer insight into what concerns about species exist and provide context to what types of projects might be implemented in the south-central region. The second goal will be to (2) share plant ecological impact tools and other resources. This goal will offer insight as to what types of resources are available to assess the impacts of climate change on such plants and expose functionality gaps existing within these tools. The third goal will be to (3) discuss research interests and opportunities for collaboration. This goal will start conversations about what types of potential research projects might be implemented in the south-central United States (U.S.) or within the CASC network. This research symposium will begin developing a network for climate change-related research around culturally significant plants; resulting in new working and research groups. Symposium involvement will enhance the SC CASC’s current working group entitled “Toward Enhancing the Resilience of Indigenous, Rural and Vulnerable Communities” and will highlight some tribal interests, needs and climate science priorities.
projectStatusIn Progress

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Elise Smith
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Elise Smith

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • South Central CASC

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RegistrationUUID NCCWSC 6ad243a6-e595-4c49-895f-d665b4a8738f
StampID NCCWSC SC19-TA1594

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