Future #4 – Radical Change

Tribal Management of Federal Lands

Tribes possess thousands of years of truly adaptive management as demonstrated on their lands. Fire was taken away as their primary tool about 150 years ago, yet they have adapted and continue to do so. Tools like timber harvest have been adapted to provide some of the effects that fire once provided. Tribes continue to adapt and provide some of the best examples of resilient landscapes.

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Congress should pass legislation providing Tribes and states with the authority to assume local management of Forest Service and BLM lands over extended time frames to demonstrate spun, sustainable ecosystem management.

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