Recent catastrophic wildfires in the Santa Cruz Mountains and throughout California are highlighting the urgent need to restore Indigenous stewardship practices, such as cultural burning, to the landscape. Indigenous cultural burning is prescribed fire initiated by Indigenous people that promotes ecological and cultural resources, sustains ecosystems, builds wildfire resilience, and is informed by traditional ecological knowledge and practices.
The Amah Mutsun Land Trust is launching a new initiative to restore Indigenous cultural burning to Amah Mutsun ancestral territory. Proceeds from this sticker will support the establishment of a thriving Amah Mutsun Cultural Burns Program and help the Amah Mutsun Land Trust recover losses from the CZU Lightning Complex fires.
The Amah Mutsun Land Trust is a non-profit established by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to protect and restore Indigenous cultural resources and sacred lands within the ancestral territories of the Mutsun and Awaswas peoples, along California's Central Coast. Through three brutal periods of colonization, the Amah Mutsun were removed from their ancestral lands, and prohibited from engaging in the land stewardship practices their ancestors had followed for thousands of years.