Tribes can help lead on better forest-management practices
THIS summer’s wildfires destroyed roughly 1 million acres in Washington state. The loss, including the lives of the three young firefighters in Twisp, is overwhelming.
Few were hit harder than the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Eastern Washington. The tribe endured the worst wildfire ever to hit a forested area on tribal land in U.S. history. The Tunk Block and the North Star fires burned more than 250,000 acres of the Colville Reservation, nearly 20 percent of the tribe’s total land. The flames engulfed 15 homes, scorched tens of thousands of acres of range, timber, and cultural resources, and displaced thousands of cattle.