Tribal forestry and western science come together to sustain forests for future generations
Sustaining all components of a forest ecosystem has been central to the Menominee Nation’s ’ philosophy in life and practice and involves passing that knowledge from generation to generation, including knowledge of forest management. A collaboration between Menominee Tribal Enterprises and the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station showcases a real-world exercise to pass on knowledge and address recent science findings with an approach that includes answering Menominee Nation foresters’ specific management questions, using Menominee lands and staff, and integrating this work with work they are already doing. Empowering the tribal foresters with an approach to evaluate sustainability that was rigorous yet flexible was an efficient and practical way to meet their company and community goals. The method used to share information on data collection and interpretation involved in monitoring in the context of Menominee Nation traditions is valuable to share. This disciplinary, intergenerational, and culturally rich collaboration highlights a process and serves as a basis for discussions between managers and scientists to evaluate the efficacy of incorporating forestry practices at other sites.