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Middle Creek Restoration and Cultural Exchange Project - Mendocino NF - CA

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Join us on the Mendocino National Forest (MNF) this summer for a very unique and important PIT project! In partnership with the Habelmatolel Pomo of the Upper Lake (HPUL) Tribe, the MNF is hosting a week-long gathering to learn and share Native American technologies and traditions. Additionally, this year's endeavor is an extension of the Middle Creek Restoration Project, which was begun last year to help restore water quality in Middle Creek, an important watershed for the Clear Lake Hitch that spawn there each spring. In 2017, we also planted Native flora to help restore bank stability and provide traditional plant resources for the local Pomo Tribes. This year, participants will work with HPUL and MNF archaeologists to assess the effectiveness of the original plantings, and determine future needs for stabilization. However, one of the most exciting parts of this year's project will be working directly with the Tribe in cultural and technological exchange! Participants will engage in traditional basketry and tule boat/decoy manufacture, traditional plant uses and traditional dancing. MNF archaeologists will share archaeological methodologies, such as site identification, and how to record and protect archaeological sites. Flintknapping demonstrations, lithic technology presentation, and field trips will also be part of the itinerary. Evening activities are planned for some nights, and group potlucks will provide opportunities to engage with local Native Americans and FS staff in an informal setting. We hope to see you in August for this one-of-a-kind project!

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