The agency values the traditional knowledge of natural resources so richly engrained in American American and Alaskan Native culture. Their traditions and knowledge help the agency make effective land and resource management decisions that conserve the environment for generations, such as the work the agency does in Alaska with the Angoon tribe.
- Provide Tribes equal opportunity and access to Forest Service programs.
- Eliminate barriers to Tribal participation.
- Improve overall knowledge of Tribe and Tribal cultures.
- Develop partnerships and accomplish common goals in accordance with the Forest Service mission, the National Tribal implementation team report, and Regional priorities.
In working with Tribes, the Forest Service will:
- Redeem its trust responsibility and protects American Indian and Alaska Native reserved rights as they pertain to agency programs, projects, and policies.
- Leverage partnerships with Tribes to maximize mutual success.
- Promote integration and utility of the Tribal Relations Program throughout the agency.
Tribal Connections is an interactive map that shows the connection between national forests and grasslands, tribal trust lands and tribal lands ceded as part of a treaty. The map is used by the Forest Service as one tool of many to better inform land management decisions.