What I learned from my time as a Fulbrighter in the pine-oak forests of the Sierra de la Laguna was that fire is life sustaining. The ranching communities in this region of Baja California Sur use fire to cook their food and rejuvenate their fields. It is integrated into daily life. It has been cultivated. Perhaps the fate of the forests in the western United States was destined when we stopped cultivating fire? Not only did we stop utilizing fire, but we stopped letting it exist at all in an ecosystem that relied on it.
Is it possible to revisit our relationship with fire? Could it save our forests? This body of work reflects on these questions.