Tribal Forestry: Part 3 - Forest Health and Bioenergy

November 25, 2013

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.Phil Rigdon, Deputy Director, Yakama Nation Department of Natural Resources, speaks on the challenges of maintaining traditional cultural values and practicing good environmental stewardship of the Yakama Nation’s forest land, while at the same time addressing economic concerns of the Yakama people, as well as getting value out of the tribe’s valuable natural resources.Randy Friedlander, of the Coleville Confederated Tribes, speaks on promoting forest health through a biomass utilization project that uses recovered biomass for heating and other energy needs.Cal Mukumoto, Manager of Warm Springs Biomass, discusses the problem of accumulated hazardous fuels in tribal forests and their potential to cause forest fires. Mukumoto discusses solutions for removal of this biomass and its conversion into usable energy.