Deep Dive: Benefits of Cultural & Prescribed Burning

Fire is a source of rejuvenation and renewal, and many plant communities need fire to be sustained. Native Americans used fire in diverse ways to tend the land before the arrival of Europeans, and continue to use fire today amid the challenges of colonization. Decades of fire suppression and increased wildfires in what is now called the United States have resulted in loss of property and life and generated fear around the idea of living with fire. Join us to learn more about the benefits of cultural and prescribed burning and how they can be effective tools in protecting our community from wildfire and providing habitat and healthy ecosystems for plants, animals, and people to enjoy. Watch recorded event here: Deep Dive: Benefits of Cultural & Prescribed Burning, February 2, 2022 


  • Tony Marks-Block, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Geography, and Environmental Studies Department, California State University - East Bay
  • Peter Nelson (Coast Miwok and tribal citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria), Assistant Professor, ESPM and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Brian Peterson, Consulting Fire Ecologist, Audubon Canyon Ranch

Moderated by Erica Tom, Director, Native American Studies, Sonoma State University


No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

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Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Kerry Wininger
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Wednesday, February, 2, 2022, 2:00pm to 3:00pm