The Ethnobotany and Associated Stewardship of California Black Oak Ecosystems

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Ethnobotany and Associated Stewardship of  California Black Oak Ecosystems in the  Central and Southern Sierra Nevada
M. Kat Anderson
Ethnoecologist, USDA, NRCS, National Plant Data Team,
Lecturer at University of California, Davis and author of Tending the Wild


East Auditorium, Yosemite Valley
Noon to 1 p.m.
Kat will discuss the importance of California black oak to the indigenous people of the Sierra
Nevada for food, clothing, basketry, firewood, medicines, and household utensils and how its
uses are important touchstones for maintaining tribal ethnicity. The audience will learn about
the tremendous stewardship legacy of Sierran Tribes: how hand in hand with gathering food
were tending of many of the black oak groves with a set of stewardship practices intended to
decrease pathogens and insect pests, promote mushrooms with mycorrhizal relationships with
the oaks, and promote widely-spaced large-canopied, long-lived trees. Finally we explore the
significance of this tree to forest health and the potential collaborative efforts of public lands
agencies and Tribes to restore this beloved tree.


Yosemite Forum is a partnership among:

  • Yosemite National Park, Resources Management and Science Division
  • USGS, Western Ecological Research Center, Yosemite Field Station
  • University of California, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
  • The Yosemite Conservancy