finding 7.1 : key-message-7-1

Many Indigenous peoples in North America follow traditional agricultural and land-use practices that govern carbon cycling on tribal lands. These practices include no-till farming; moving domesticated animals seasonally in accordance with forage availability; growing legumes and cover crops; raising crops and livestock native to ancestral landscapes; and managing forests sustainably with fire, harvest, and multispecies protection.

This finding is from chapter 7 of Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report.

Description of evidence base: Key Finding 1 is supported by studies and detailed reports about Indigenous tribes (e.g., AANDC 2013; Assies 2007; Chief et al., 2016; NCAI 2015; Tiller 1995) and agricultural crop and grazing and forestry practices (Zomer et al., 2017; Baker et al., 2007; Redsteer et al., 2010; Drinkwater et al., 1998; Gabriel et al., 2006; CSKT 2000; Bennet et al., 2014).

New information and remaining uncertainties: Uncertainties result from the limited number of reports in the literature documenting the extent to which traditional practices on native lands have impacted carbon cycle processes.

This finding was derived from figure P.2: P.2. Likelihood and Confidence Evaluation

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