Ishi Pishi Road & H
Orleans, CA 95556
Contact Frank Lake
My current research involves restoration ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, and ethno-ecology with an emphasis on cultural management and fire ecology of forest, shrub, grassland and riparian environments in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. My work involves projects with the Orleans-Somes Bar Fire Safe council/Mid-Klamath Watershed council, Karuk Indigenous Basketweavers, Karuk Tribe of California, community members, and government agencies on fuels reduction, prescribed fire, ethno-botany, and other natural resources issues. Currently, I am finishing my graduate research which addresses historical and contemporary Native American burning practices, traditional ecological knowledge, prescribed fire in sandbar willow communities, and ethno-botany of sandbar willow and related plants of cultural importance in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.
I serve as a faculty member of the Rx 510 Applied Fire Effects course at the National Advanced Fire and Resources Institute. I am the appointed Redwood Sciences Lab-Arcata Civil Rights representative. I have served as an ethno-ecologist and socio-cultural consultant/advisor for cultural and natural history projects, community forestry and forest certification programs.
I have worked as a fisheries habitat biologist in western Oregon on the Siuslaw and Rouge River National Forests and in Northwestern California for the Hoopa Tribe's Fisheries Program. I switched from fisheries habitat work in 1999 and started graduate school in the Fall 2000 to study traditional ecological knowledge, tribal/fire management practices and fire ecology. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Science program-Ecology section at Oregon State University.
- Oregon State University, Ph.D. Candidate Environmental Sciences Graduate Program-Ecology section, 2007
- University of California, B.S. Integrated Ecology and Culture, Individual major; Native American Studies minor, 1995
Awards & Recognition
- Fellowship, 2004
Community Forestry Research Fellowship recipient, U.C. Berkeley
Publications & Products
- Lake, Frank K. 2013. After the First Full Moon in April: A Sourcebook of Herbal Medicine from a California Indian Elder [Book Review].
- Anderson, Kat M.; Lake, Frank K. 2013. California Indian ethnomycology and associated forest management.
- Lake, Frank K. 2013. Historical and cultural fires, tribal management and research issue in Northern California: Trails, fires and tribulations.
- Lake, Frank K.; Tripp, William; Reed, R. 2010. The Karuk tribe, planetary stewardship, and world renewal on the middle Klamath River, California.
|Incorporation of American Indian traditional ecological knowledge and values into understanding Fire Effects on Cultural Resources and Heritage Values.||2012|