Tribal Forestry: Part 1 - National Overview of Tribal Forestry

April 30, 2009

The theme for this round of the Denman Forestry Issues Series is Trust and Transition: Perspectives on Native American Forestry. Three speakers focus on issues dealing with the stewardship of the natural resources located on the forest lands managed by Native American tribes, across America, in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Nolan Colegrove, of the Hoopah Indian Tribe, is a certified forester with the State of California. Colegrove gives an overview talk that includes background on the Intertribal Timber Council, tribal governments, and tribal forestry.

John Vitello, Senior Forester with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., gives an overview of Indian forestry, discusses government-tribal relationships, covers some of the complexities of Indian land management, and reviews some accomplishments of Indian forestry with respect to wild land fire management.

Jerry Franklin, professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Washington College of Forest Resources, discusses the results of independent assessments of Indian forests and forestry that have been conducted by the Intertribal Timber Council.

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