How to Get Involved

Community-identified Research Topics and Project Ideas   


 Wildfire and forest management: 

  • GIS support: fire modeling, depicting alternatives and practices
  • Effects of smoke on fish/people/health
  • Wildland fire and biodiversity conservation
  • Anticipating climate change
  • Analysis of forest plantations after wildfire
  • Water yield after fire
  • Risk of soil contamination from diesel drip from prescribed fires/burn-outs
  • Follow-up to mastication – what next steps to restoration management?
  • Reburn treatments
  • Social acceptance of fire management/community understanding
  • Opportunities for collaborative/participatory management of wildfire
  • Effects of smoke from wildfires on grapes
  • Effects of fire treatments on hazel regeneration & measuring forest condition for cultural use quality
  • Documenting effects of prescribed burning and fuels treatment in areas subsequently exposed to catastrophic fire
  • Study the relationship between Karuk ethnobotany and forest health

Environmental and social justice/food and food security: 

  • Food distribution
  • Alternative economies of barter/trade/exchange, networks of social capital
  • Incentives for water conservation for agriculture
  • Wildland food production systems:  Ecological costs and benefits
  • TEK vs permaculture vs agroforestry tended landscape
  • Effects of canopy closure on understory foods
  • What policies affect food security in Tribal territories?
  • How has fire management affected traditional foods?  E.g., how has fire suppression affected geophytes as a traditional food?
  • How does food quality change after fire or other management?  (nutritional value, e.g. huckleberry)

Fisheries and riparian ecosystems:

  • Effects of dam removal on riparian ecosystems and aquatic and terrestrial species (pre and post assessments needed)
  • Scientific research to support the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, particularly water sharing
  • Scientific studies on suction dredge mining on fish, following up on recent injunction under CEQA which criminalizes suction dredge mining
  • research on the role of “thermal refugia” in sustaining populations of salmon species at the southern edge of their range
  • Help with tributary and off-channel restoration
  • Studying the benefits of tributary restoration by documenting growth rate of fish before/after treatments
  • Assessing adaptive management restorations of 1st order streams after severe burns
  • What is the impact of upslope restoration on downstream water flow
  • To what extent are streams able to heal themselves after fire and timber
  • How is water temperature affected by riparian plantings?

 Legal and policy analysis:

  • Legal analysis on Scott and Shasta tributary water flow, addressing ground water pumping
  • Policy analysis of the proposed Siskiyou Crest National Monument (KS Wild Center Project)
  • Evaluate opportunities for co-management policies and implementation in the policy language
  • Implementation of Karuk Eco-cultural Resource Management plan
  • Policy examples of fire as a common property and public trust issue
  • How do current environmental conditions and federal policy limit the tribe’s ability to manage its lands?
  • What are the institutional barriers that prevent the tribe from being engaged in decision-making processes?