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Sustainable Indigenous Collective

An Indigenous forest collective in Shelterwood, California, is on a mission to conserve the environment by using native cultural practices. The Shelterwood Collective, which is composed of Indigenous, BIPOC, and queer residents, sits on 900 acres of land that used to be populated with redwoods, but is now primarily arid plains. Community residents are working to restore the damaged land by using native practices that put protecting nature and animals at the forefront. The goal is to have both permanent and transient residents at the collective who live alongside nature and learn about eco-conscious land stewardship. The group hopes that their success in transforming this small ecosystem will inspire other communities to incorporate Indigenous voices and practices into sustainability strategy on a broader scale.

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