For generations, Native people in the Great Lakes region utilized prescribed fire to improve habitat, increase blueberry production, and clear the understory of vegetation. These frequent, low-intensity fires promoted fire adapted and dependent ecosystems. The medicines, species abundance and diversity, and foods created are what our Anishinaabe culture is rooted in. Our way of seeing the world was developed here around this lake and with fire.
Damon Gezhiibideg Panek is a park ranger at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. He integrates Ojibwe culture, language, and history into the parks education and interpretation curriculum to provide visitors with a unique way of experiencing the islands. He is the fire management coordinator for the park and has been able to integrate the Native traditional cultural practice of landscape burning into the park’s land management practice. The overall goal of this integration is to restore a cultural practice and connection to the landscape of the islands.
Free and open to the public
Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Lecture Series
On September 26, 2020, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will celebrate 50 years since its designation as a national lakeshore. Enjoy this lecture series created in partnership with the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lakeshore.
Next in the series:
Vegetation Legacies and Change (Feb. 27)