Elemental Tree Network
Tending The Fire
Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Fire is a primary element of ecological balance and has been utilized by Indigenous people as traditional stewardship for thousands of years. Without the necessary influence of fire and consistent tending, we are currently seeing a major decline in the health of ecosystems. This is evident and identifiable in trees as cracking bark, thinning of canopies, dying limbs and tops, open wounds in the tissue of the trees and colonization of the bark by mosses, lichens and insects.
Not only is fire necessary for the health of native trees, but also all vegetation from grazes, scrublands and all aspects of balanced ecosystems. We strive to ignite inspiration and education about the benefit of fire on land, while honoring and amplifying the deep wisdom that is held by indigenous people as the original stewards.
Video filmed at the @cachecreekconservancy “Tending and Gathering Garden” at a cultural burning event with the elders of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, local tribal members and the community.