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I'm interested in determining effective management in restoring tribal values for tule (Shoenoplectus) baskets in Yosemite National Park. I want to compare burned and non-burned sites for tule growth, quality and size. Can cutting, tearing tule at different intensities and seasons be an effective management tool to promote growth for cultural purposes? What are the pests or pathogens that attack tules and can prescribed burning be an effective biological control? I will examine historical documents in regards to marsh and riparian burns, as well as interview basket weavers and elders about the qualities, gathering and management techniques of tule for good basket material and other utilitarian purposes and then try to meet those values by implementing a management regime for restoring plants important for cultural preservation.
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