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Klamath Basin Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change Science Internship

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Conservation Planning and Design, Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The Klamath Basin in Oregon and California is home to a rich abundance of natural and cultural resources, many of which are vulnerable to present and future climate change. Climate change also threatens traditional ways of life for tribal communities, who have deep connections to the region.

This project sought to increase the effectiveness of regional climate change adaptation and planning by (1) developing ways to integrate traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) with western science in decision making, (2) building partnerships between tribal, academic, and government institutions, and (3) increasing future capacity to respond to climate change by engaging tribal youth.

Through this project, the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation worked with partners to create a tribal youth internship program for the summer of 2014. Five college-level tribal interns worked with tribal elders, cultural resource professionals, and federal agency scientists to assess the vulnerability of local species to climate change and to identify specific opportunities for TEK/western science collaboration in the Klamath Basin.

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Start Date 9/18/2013

End Date 3/31/2015

Project Status Completed

Funding$45,650, co-funded by Northwest Climate Science Center

Fiscal Year Funded 2013

Project Managers Marla Bennett, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation

Partners US Fish and Wildlife Service , US Forest Service , US Geological Survey , Karuk Tribe , Yurok Tribe , Hoopa Valley Tribe , Klamath Tribes of Oregon , Resighini Rancheria , Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program , Bureau of Indian Affairs , National Aeronautics and Space Program , Humboldt State University , South Oregon University , Oregon Institute of Technology

Geographic Area California, Oregon