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Tending Nature

Restoring The River with the Yurok, Hupa and Karuk

For the past two centuries, California has relied heavily on the natural resources of the North Coast region, exploiting its pristine watersheds for agriculture and its forests for timber. But today, the environmental costs of timber extraction and damming have reached a tipping point. Now the Yurok are working with local and state organizations to revitalize the forests, rivers and wildlife, a comprehensive feat requiring collaboration among community leaders up and down the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. This episode features interviews with:

Tiana Williams, Yurok Tribe condor biologist; Rosie Clayburn, Yurok Tribe heritage preservation officer; Bob McConnell, Yurok Tribal Elder and executive director of the Cultural Fire Management Council; Charley Reed, Karuk / Yurok / Hupa Indigenous scholar and traditional dip-net fisherman; Ron Reed, Sr., Karuk ceremonial leader and traditional dip-net fisherman; Eric Weissmann, Yurok Tribe fisheries biologist; DJ Brandowski, Yurok Tribe river restoration engineer; Roger Boulby, Yurok / Blackfoot / Cree, Yurok Tribe river restorationist; Mike Dixon, interim executive director of Trinity River Restoration Project; Keith Parker, Yurok Tribe fish biologist; and Chris West, Yurok Tribe senior wildlife biologist.

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S1 E1: Protecting The Coast with the Tolowa Dee-ni'

This episode journeys to the Smith River near the Oregon border to discover how the Tolowa Dee-ni’ are reviving traditional harvesting of shellfish while working with state agencies to monitor toxicity levels.
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