Restoration Toolkit for Ecological and Cultural Resilience

  • Indigenous peoples are fighting for recognition of the impacts of changing landscapes on their resources, traditions, and culture.
  • There is growing recognition of the value of including Traditional Knowledges (TK) in ecological restoration and adaptation planning.
  • Good resources are available to teach western practitioners about TK, but few tools exist to help western practitioners incorporate cultural values into restoration projects.
  • Even for Tribal staff who are trained in western science, it can be challenging to include cultural uses in restoration projects & management treatments.
  • We realized we needed tools to help us manage for shifts in seasons, temperature and precipitation, AND…
  • to make it easier and timelier to incorporate the cultural uses that are most important to tribal members. 
  • This was the inspiration for the RTCER, a climate and culturally smart toolkit for restoring wetlands and riparian areas in the Nez Perce Tribe’s Indian Claims Commission Territory in central Idaho
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The Climate Smart Restoration Toolkit

We decided to take an existing tool: the climate smart restoration toolkit created by Point Blue Conservation Science, our partner, alter it to work with species in our area, and add cultural values to it.

  • Simple tool that is fairly easy to adapt to a new region
  • Based on Climate Smart Principles
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Thank you to our funders and partners who made this project possible