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Tribal forestry provides innovations for sustainable forest management

Photo of Snapshot : Tribal forestry is seen by many as a model for sustainability that can be used to improve the management of all forests. A recent effort by scientists to compile the knowledge underlying tribal forestry practices resulted in a double issue of the Journal of Forestry. The issue featured 25 articles explaining tribal forestry innovations, silviculture treatments, cultural keystone species management, partnerships and collaboration, and education.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Dockry, MikeHeyer, Teri
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2017
Highlight ID : 1205


Native American forests and tribal forest management practices have sustained indigenous communities, economies, and resources for millennia. These practices demonstrate successful applications of long-term environmental stewardship and integrated, sustainable forest management. In recent years, tribal forestry has received increasing attention from forest managers, academics, and tribal communities. Tribal forestry is seen as a way to provide approaches and models to help solve the complex social, economic, and environmental issues facing natural resource managers today. Tribal forestry also offers a good approach to building landscape-level partnerships and leveraging funding for landscape-scale management.Tribal forest management provides numerous examples of balancing multiple complex objectives in an era of shrinking budgets, novel ecologic interactions, and increasing human demands on natural resources. The September 2017 special issue of the Journal of Forestry captures a broad range of forest management practices occurring in Indian Country and beyond. It also seeks to increase awareness of the role that tribal forests play in the greater landscape and communicate to a broader audience about how tribal forests can serve as models for sustainability, integrated management, resilience, and restoration.