Today- these techniques are no less vital than they have been for the past 10,000 years, & frankly- as a species- we NEED to begin implementing them once again throughout wildlands for the health of ecosystems, the protection of our homes, AND tosurvive.
Prevent wildfires AND produce a healthy, drought-resilient food supply?!?!?We like to call it:
This webpage may be used tocoordinate with forest officialsby simply directing them to this webpage when filing for aSpecial Use Permit, & indicating that “Traditional Encampment Preparation & Wildfire Prevention Techniquesas described on the WildLivingSkills.org will be used”wherever you plan to set up camp. These techniques are described just below.
Before continuing, however, here is a fantastic & very interesting video about the origin ofSmokey Bear:
Pile #2:Clean & hot-burningManzanitawill be gathered for use in heating rocks for rock boiling, & also for firing clay inside akilns.
Pile #3:Woods that do not burn clean (Conifers, Buckeye, Lilac, Osage, Willow, Cottonwood) will be used for building aWikiupshelter.Wikiupsare ideal for preventing wildfires in forests with a lot of deadwood buildup. Here’s a partially-builtWikiup:
Now that your camp is set up, its time to prepare for acorn harvesting season!
During around August(usually), Oaksdrop their first batch of acorns:
This first batch alwayshas holes in them because the moths & weevils infested them!
After this “first drop” is when the leaves leaves & “bad acorns” are raked into circles & carefully burned usingFederal Safety Regulations. We recommend:
fill a 5-gallon bucket with water so that the fire can be doused at any time.
make sure there is no wind– only do this during calm weather.
be *very careful* to clear ALL the debris away from the area a bareminimum of 5 feet.
Now, it is time to control burn the leaf piles that have the “bad acorns” mixed in. Oaks burn clean, & this process helps replenish the soil! This process has of course been made much safer because all the deadwood has already been cleared for your shelter & firewood!
Now, a month later when theOak treesdrop their *second batch* of acorns, you will not have to sift through them to find out which ones are good & which ones are bad!
These techniques could be used to strategically create “buffer zones” along the edges of forested areas in order to help protect homes & other buildings, etc. while simultaneously providing comfortable living conditions, restoring topsoils, preventing massive wildfires, & preparing for a good healthy harvest season!
ALSO- Wild Willpower would like to give our sincere & humble thanks to the brave warriors who have come in from all across the nation to help put these fires out! A special thanks, also to CAL Fire for helping to orchestrate all this!
Thank you USA Today for honoring these heroes who are right there among the flames protecting EVERYONE!
ONE MORE THING– hey- Californians- we could *technically* be helping these guys out right now in a very very simple way! It is very very important to *never forget* the power that The Creator has given freely among us!
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