The black oak tribal stewardship project aims to restore reciprocal caretaking relationships among tribally affiliated people with Yosemite and the oak groves. Currently working on a multi-year effort in gathering acorns, planting oak saplings and building burn piles to reduce heavy fuels in the groves and implement a prescribed landscape/cultural fire to kill off filbert weevil pests that larvae in the duff layers. As of 2023, nearly 1000 young black oak saplings with close to 100 different tribal participants including youth and elders.

Director of Photography: Matthew Falcon
Editor: Matthew Falcon
Story Editor Tisina Parker

Video (U.S. National Park Service)