Like nearly every acre of ground in greater Portland, Quamash Prairie Natural Area west of Tigard is ceded land. Since time immemorial until the arrival of white colonists, fires regularly burned the area that became greater Portland.
The region's Indigenous people used fire extensively. Tribes, bands and families burned prairies to harvest tarweed seeds and woodlands to gather acorns, shaping and molding the ecosystem to favor habitats and plants that sustained their diverse societies and cultures.
Early last fall, a wildland fire team from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde led a prescribed burn of Quamash Prairie. Learn more about how fire works and the importance of reconnecting land, culture and habitat by reading the winter 2020 issue of Our Big Backyard, Metro's quarterly parks and nature magazine.
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