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Hopi-Kaibab National Forest Springs Restoration Project


(Hopi language song playing)
(Introduction) (Music playing) Water is important
to everybody. We’ve come to respect that
it’s not a luxury and we can’t take it for granted
because one day it’s there and one day it’s not. Water is a very
essential part of life. One of the main purposes
of the Forest Service is to provide clean water. Native Americans feel that
man has a role in nature, that humans should be
taking care of the landscape. This is exactly the same
mission as the National Forest Service. We all need to continue
to respect, restore, manage and be stewards of
our natural resources. One, two, three, up… I believe that we do
have shared goals. There’s not end to the
opportunity that we have to work closely with
tribes in achieving goals that we share. Wanted to start
out today… The project we’re working
on now is actually the idea of one of the Hopi
elders that we’ve worked with a long time. We visited some springs
that were heavily impacted and in need of restoration
and he made the statement we need to be working on
these together and we need to get the young
people involved, we need to have elders and
young people and Forest Service staff out here on
the ground doing this work together learning from
each other and that was really the catalyst
for this project. I’ve had a lot of
different activities. Each year I try to get
creative and do something. We’ve never attempted
anything off reservation. This is the first time
we’ve attempted an off reservation activity. Our Cultural Resources
Advisory Team, our Hopi elders wanted the
youth to do something in this setting to promote
the importance of water. We incorporated the
educational aspect to promote higher learning
and education to get to employment opportunities
within the Department of Natural Resources,
Forest Service. We were asked to come up
here to interact with the youth to get them
interested in protecting their own resources and to
teach then what we do so possibly they would move
into our career path. You know it’s really an
exciting time to be able to work with youth
of the tribes. We work with youth in
many different arenas here across the forest and
we’re always interested in educating youth around
the, the work we do, the management of
the National Forest. Even more exciting though
because we have tribal youth here who are really
in some cases just learning about some
of these resources. This site receives
direct sun light… In this process we’re
looking at two springs and those two springs have
very different management needs. One is a, a hanging garden
hill slopes spring, very steep slope, there’s
no trail to the source and the water is captured up
at the source so in order to prevent erosion of the
hill slope, we need a trail up there. At Castle Spring, it’s kind
of a complex landscape. It’s a rock shelter
spring, a wet meadow, it’s been very much
altered for livestock purposes. The idea of balancing both
the ecological integrity with the goods and
services like providing water for wildlife and
livestock can be combined here but it’s going to
take a little bit of work to remove the old fencing,
to reconfigure the flow of water. With the spring work that
we have been doing here, we were actually removing
invasive plants that have come in forcing out some
of the native plants especially some of the
ones that would have been used by native cultures. I am having tons of fun
restoring the spring. We had to like
clean around, take out certain type of
plants that don’t belong here. It’s fun, it’s a good
experience and you get muscles.
(Giggles) We chose Castle Springs
because it does have a lot of water flow to it and it
does have a good overhang where it will be protected
from the elements. We’re using our
traditional Hopi methods of how we maintain
our springs. We noticed that the area
was covered with graffiti. Once we cleaned off the
graffiti, we began to see some of the petroglyphs in
the wall that tells us as Hopi what clans migrated
through the area. Working with friends,
learning new things, knowing that our
ancestors had been here. Our children, we have the
youngest at 16 years old up to 18 years of age
and there’s 17 students. They’re thankful
for being here, they just couldn’t wait to
get up the next day to go see where they’re going to
go and where they’re going to end up at and we’ve
had a lot of hard workers yesterday that they
really showed us a lot of interest in what they were
doing and we even tried to stop them from working
and they’re like, “no we’re going to do this” and so
we just, “okay go for it, go do it” and taking out
the fence poles they really had a good workout
but they enjoyed it and they were laughing
and joking around. (Laughing) We’re making steps. Before this area was just
nothing but a slope, like it was just sliding
so we’re trying to stabilize it. I’ve always known that
your land is sacred. It’s just important to
keep the ecosystem and nature as it should be. The Spirituality Springs are
actually worth a lot. I wish there were other
springs we could actually fix. Doing the work, it’s fun, you
know, tiring but it’s all worth it. I may be a youth but you
know somewhere along the line 30 years maybe 40
years, my kids can come back and I can tell
them, “yeah I did this”. Well I’m very honored to
be here bringing this back to life. Springs like this
are very important. This is the kind of work
that we should be doing everywhere because this
is our mission with the Forest Service to work
together to manage this wonderful landscape. Forest Service folks,
to tribal members, specialists about… The cooperation between
the Forest Service and the Hopi Tribe and the natives
for that matter, any indigenous group
is very important. What I saw yesterday, the
crew had done a great job. They were now getting back
to giving this living spring a face lift it
deserves the work that the crew has done. It was a lot of work
putting this together. I feel good about how
everything has turned out. I see it as already
being a huge success. I don’t know if I can
accurately express how pleased I am with the way
this project is going. We’ve got a lot of
different partners that have shown up to
all contribute. We’ve got a lot of
different moving parts and a pretty ambitious
objective as far as what we want to accomplish out
here it’s just going along great. Seeing the elders and the
youth all working together it’s really satisfying. My hope is that next year
or two years from now we’ll be implementing
another project that is born out of this project. Excellent! Alright! (Music Playing) Before we did this Spring
Restoration Project, this area was accessible to
domestic livestock and they were drinking right
from the spring source, trampling what vegetation
there was, so it was in a state of disrepair. What we did was we created
a pool that now impounds more water than we
originally had on site. We installed a livestock
exclosure fence so that now domestic livestock
cannot enter the spring source area and we
removed invasive weeds. It’s been about a year
since we completed this Spring Restoration Project
so now we’re at the monitoring and
stewardship phase. Basically we’re
monitoring water quality, we’re making sure that the
impoundment continues to hold water, we continue
to address the invasive species issues as well as
maintaining and inspecting the livestock
exclosure fence. I’m very enthusiastic
about continuing to do spring restoration on the
Kaibab National Forest and to continue to
work with the Hopi. Their knowledge has been
a big benefit to us in completing this project
and I think it’s important as we move forward to
continue to work towards restoring these
cultural landscapes. What I think this project
has shown is we need to do more projects like this
one because it allows us to share information with
the Forest Service and it allows us to also restore
our ancestral lands but most importantly it allows
our Hopi elders to teach the youth because if we
can reach one youth, we have done our job. (Hopi language song playing)
(Closing Credits)

Reader Comments

  1. Bringing back the Forest to a working state for all parties involved will always prove to be a win-win for all involved. Great Job to all involved.

  2. Love the mission, the cooperation and the end result. Great video that shows the importance of respect and collaboration between people to protect our most important (but oft overlooked) natural resource! Great job by all involved!

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