During this lecture, fire ecologist Tom Parker will present an overview of the California landscape, exploring how climate, soil variation, and plant adaptations to fire impact the frequency and severity of wildfires in California. A panel discussion will follow with representatives from the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, CalFire, and the County of Santa Cruz’s Emergency Services Department. During this discussion we will explore the benefits and dangers of California wildfires, past and current management tactics, disaster preparedness in Santa Cruz County, and fire resiliency in California.
Join us in the Amah Mutsun Garden at Pie Ranch! All volunteers are welcome to stay after the work day for a pot luck and barn dance with Pie Ranch. Tools will be provided, but please bring all of the food and water you need for the day, plus sun protection, and appropriate clothing for light-moderate garden work. Please RSVP at email@example.com
Join us in the Amah Mutsun garden at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park! Please RSVP for this event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tools will be provided, but please bring all of the food and water you need for the day, plus sun protection, and appropriate clothing for light-moderate garden work.
WALK WITH US— Our tribe is on a journey of healing and restoration. One of the greatest challenges before us today is the protection of our sacred grounds at Juristac (Sargent Ranch), currently threatened by a proposed 320-acre sand and gravel mining operation.
To gather strength for the battle ahead, we will walk 5 miles together in the footsteps of our ancestors, from Mission San Juan Bautista to the eastern edge of Juristac. All who wish to stand with us for the protection of our sacred land and the wellness of our future generations are invited to participate.
People of all ages and abilities are welcome. You can walk part of the way, the whole 5 miles, or only join for the opening and closing gatherings.
Please RSVP, arrive on time and bring your own snacks, sun protection and water bottle. Dinner will be provided.
Accessibility info: the walk route is mostly flat and level, on bike lanes and road shoulders, except for one section near the end at the San Benito River crossing where there is a dirt trail with uneven terrain (shuttle will be available to get around this section.) All the walkers will be in one group led by tribal members. There will be support vans, so that walkers can step out and rest, or rejoin the walk, during periodic stops. The opening and closing sites are grassy open spaces adjacent to paved roads; access to the closing site is via an unpaved driveway at Betabel.
Please spread the word and share with friends!
RSVP page: http://protectjuristac.org/walk
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/404193900230361/
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The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is comprised of descendants of the indigenous peoples taken to missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz.
Join Amah Mutsun Land Trust and our partners, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Peninsula Open Space Trust, for a free showing of the short film Umunhum at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Altos Hills. AMLT will have an informational table at the event. Come say hi! You can register for this community event here.
On April 7th, members of the Muwekma Tribal Band, the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, and Sempervirens Fund invite you to join us in tending our newest ethnobotanical demonstration garden.
We will weed, mulch, line paths, and build larger cages to protect the young plants from browsing deer. We will also hear stories from cultural leaders of Muwekma (on whose ancestral territory this garden project is located) and from some of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust's Native Stewards.
Activities are moderately strenuous and will include planting on sloped/uneven terrain. Please bring a bag lunch and water, and wear closed toe shoes and appropriate attire for working outside.
We will have nature connection activities for children, whom can also help tend the garden.
Click here to register for this event.
Celebrate indigenous stewardship and cultural conservation while viewing the short film Umunhum, which will transport you to the sacred site of the Amah Mutsun creation story. After the screening, learn even more about the great collaboration that has made the return of the Amah Mutsun to Mt. Umunhum possible. Click here for the Eventbrite page to RSVP and for more information for this event that you will not want to miss!
We welcome all to join us on March 16th for an opportunity to learn first-hand about the indigenous stewardship approach of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust! Amah Mutsun Land Trust is partnering with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to remove woody vegetation that is encroaching on coastal prairie in Año Nuevo State Park. Volunteers will be working off-trail, using hand saws and loppers to remove small Douglas fir trees. We will provide tools, but you will need gloves, sturdy shoes, and clothes that can get dirty, and you may be exposed to poison oak. This is a challenging volunteer day, but incredibly educational and a special opportunity to work alongside our Native Stewardship Corps! So strap your boots up, find a work shirt and come join us for an amazing time! Click here to RSVP now!
We are excited to announce an upcoming volunteer day with our partners from the Ohlone Tribe and our friends in the ethnobotany field! There will be many methods covered along with critical information to the planting and garden maintenance of our Native Lands. Check back for more details and a link to RSVP!
Join us for the film screening of “New World Rising” the 4th episode in the PBS critically acclaimed series, Native America. This documentary series gives a new perspective, based in science and grounded by indigenous practice, on the previous 15,000 years of human history in North and South America. Episode 4, "New World Rising", offers poignant examples of how Native American people resist colonization by preserving their indigneous culture and knowledge. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is featured lighting a prescribed burn in "New World Rising", and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust invites you to join members of the tribe and their collaborators to explore how they are applying traditional ecological knowledge to the most pressing issues in land conservation today.
The film will be introduced by Scott Tiffany, a producer/director on the series, who will give us an insider's view on the making of this epic. Following the film presentation, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A, including:
Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman and Amah Mutsun Land Trust President
EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Amah Mutsun Land Trust Executive Director
Kent Lightfoot, Professor of Anthropology, University of California Berkeley
Scott Stephens, Professor of Fire Science, University of California Berkeley
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to view "New World Rising" on the big screen and learn more about the efforts of a local tribe to preserve and restore indigenous knowledge for the benefit of all beings.
This event is free and open to all! Please help us spread the word by signing up here!
On December 7th, the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust welcome our donors to an intimate conversation about the ways the Amah Mutsun are restoring indigenous stewardship to their ancestral lands.
At this special event, experts from UC Berkeley and from the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will describe a unique collaboration that combines cutting-edge archaeological research with ancient methods of land stewardship to restore coastal prairie along the central coast of California. Guests will get a special look at our Native Stewardship Corps program and will see the powerful impact your donation is making on the lives and the lands of the Amah Mutsun people.
Native foods, provided by Cafe Ohlone, will be served. Guests will hear short presentations from Amah Mutsun Tribal Council Chair Valentin Lopez, UC Berkeley Professor Kent Lightfoot, AMLT Research Associate Rob Cuthrell, AMLT Executive Director EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, and AMLT Director of Programs and Development Sara French.
Please register for this event here.
Please join us on December 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center! The Committee for Green Foothills published a great write-up in their newsletter and on their website, entitled "Saving Sargent Ranch" which goes into detail about the cultural, environmental and political importance of Juristac. Please attend if you can and make this information known to others! This significant event will be led by Legislative Advocacy Director Alice Kaufman, and Valentin Lopez, chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Space is limited, please make sure to RSVP here to ensure your spot for this imperative and time-sensitive topic. Ho!
Our volunteer work day in the Mutsun garden at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park is canceled this month, but we will be holding our regularly scheduled volunteer work day in the Pie Ranch garden (MAP) on Saturday November 17th from 1:00-5:00 pm. Please RSVP for this work day by emailing the AMLT team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are welcome to stay after the work day for a potluck and barn dance with Pie Ranch.
On November 13th Episode 4 of the Native America documentary series airs on PBS. This episode includes footage of the Amah Mutsun participating in a prescribed burn at San Vicente Redwoods to promote ecological and cultural values. You can watch the episode as it airs on PBS from 7:00-8:00 PM Pacific Time, or stream the episode after it airs on the PBS website. ***Please also save the date for a special screening of Native America, followed by a panel discussion, that AMLT will host in Woodside on the evening of December 13th!
We are proud to announce that the Amah Mutsun will be sharing their environmental management practices and stewardship of Mother Earth during a lecture at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History on November 8th at 7pm. Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez and Research Associate Sara French will be discussing the conservation and restoration of the lands within the tribal territories of Santa Cruz and surrounding areas. These two dedicated and passionate speakers will bring to light the way that history, research and innovative partnerships have all assisted our tribal band in the relearning of traditional ecological knowledge. Please join us in attendance at the museum starting at 6:45pm and support our efforts to continuously spread the awareness of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Ho!
Volunteer work days at Pie Ranch (MAP) are on the third Saturday of each month, from 1:00-5:00. The next volunteer day will be Saturday, August 18th from 1:00-5:00 pm. Please RSVP for this work day by emailing the AMLT team at email@example.com.
Volunteers are welcome to stay for a potluck and barn dance with Pie Ranch following the work day. For more details, check out the Pie Ranch website.
Volunteer work days at San Juan Bautista Historic State Park (MAP) will be regularly scheduled on the second Saturday of each month, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The next volunteer day will be held on Saturday, August 11th. Please RSVP for this work day by emailing Jay Scherf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello friends of AMLT,
AMLT has been hard at work designing an ethnobotanical garden for the new Robert C. Kirkwood entrance to Castle Rock State Park (map) in coordination with Sempervirens Fundand California Nativescapes. The garden, along with the entrance to the park, is set to open July 2018, but before this time we need your help with the initial planting at the site. Come join our Native Stewards and our partners at Sempervirens Fund Saturday and Sunday, March 24rd and 25th, for two fun days of tending the land and establishing our culturally significant native plants. Castle Rock lies within the Muwekma Ohlone territory and as such, they will be offering a morning prayer before the workday on Saturday.
Activities will be moderately strenuous and will include digging and planting on sloped/uneven terrain. Gardening tools will be provided, but please bring your own trowels and gloves if you have them. We do ask that you bring a bag lunch and enough water to last you the day. As always, please dress appropriately, closed-toed shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
If you plan to attend either of the gardening days, please RSVP by emailing Sara French at email@example.com.
The volunteer workday for the month of March will also be a work and learn day. In addition to working on the Mustun Garden, there will be a presentation by AMLT research associate Rick Flores followed by a talking circle led by Amah Mutsun tribal members an AMLT staff! Please RSVP for the event by emailing Dominic Lopez-Toney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there!