Our goal is to create sustainable and resilient natural systems in which people engage with the Earth with reciprocity. Indigenous peoples have stewarded natural resources for millennia through their knowledge and traditional practices. The TEK Lab explores, facilitates, and honors the synergies between TEK, Western science, and other ways of knowing.
This research focuses on manipulating vegetation to achieve management objectives including restoration, intensive timber production, fire ecology and fire management and forest ecosystem health. Projects include the effects of stand structure on fire behavior, interaction of fires and forest pests, forest certification, regeneration of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine stands in central and eastern Oregon, N-fixing, stream responses to riparian cover management and forest nursery management.