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?