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U.S. Forest Service Tribal Relations

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Tribal Relations
Tribal Relations

Tribal Relations

Eastern Threat Center Scientist Michelle Baumflek has been named a Tribal Coordination Co-Lead for the Southern Research Station (SRS). Read more on the Forest ThreatNet…
Yaxté totem restored to traditional homeland of Áak´w Kwáan Tlingit, where it overlooks the Auke Village Recreation Area within Tongass National Forest. Read more on Inside the Forest Service…
Chester Brooks, Lenape Elder, offered a traditional blessing in the Lenape language at the beginning of the Region 9 Tribal Homelands Workgroup at Grey Towers. Read more about the Workgroup meeting…
The Forest Service partnered with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and others to improve salmon rearing habitat in the upper Dungeness watershed (Washington) in October 2016. See the Forest Service YouTube video…
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River, home of the Shoshone-Bannock Tuka-Deka. Diana Yupe describes the Native American Tribes who lived along the river corridor. See the Forest Service YouTube video…
Serra Hoagland, Biological Scientist, shares how she hopes to inspire the next generation of Native American and female scientists and why working with tribes is important. See the Forest Service YouTube video…

Forest Products for Traditional and Cultural Purposes

The USDA Forest Service is implementing regulations under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the ‘‘2008 Farm Bill’’). This rule provides for the provision of trees, portions of trees, or forest
products from National Forest System lands, free of charge, to federally
recognized Indian tribes (Indian tribes) for traditional and cultural purposes. This rule implements section 8105 of the 2008 Farm Bill. This rule is effective October 26, 2016.

Read the Federal Register notice for more information...

Tribal Relations Directives

The Forest Service Manual (FSM 1560) and Handbook (FSH 1509.13) revision has been completed. These directives were published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2016. For more information, see these directives on our Authorities web page; or, you may contact the Office of Tribal Relations at or 202-205-1514.

Tribal Connections

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.


The Forest Service is recognized as a leader among Federal land management agencies in partnering appropriately and collaboratively with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments and communities for mutually beneficial outcomes.

Last modified: 15:13:42 27-Jun-2017