“Tribal Forestry: Understanding Current Issues and Challenges Speaker Series” (Yale Forest Forum)

Event time: 
Thursday, January 18, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 12:00pm
Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 12:00pm
Online via Zoom See map
Event description: 
January 18 - April 25, 2024
Tribes and First Nations have been forest stewards since time immemorial on the land that is currently called North America. In the face of climate change, tribes and First Nations continue to work with institutions, NGOs, and federal and state agencies to support Indigenous sovereignty and resilient forested landscapes. This webinar will focus on the current state of tribal forest management and Indigenous stewardship with a series of speakers from different tribes, universities, non-profits, and agencies. Beginning with an introduction to tribal forestry and the trust responsibilities, topics will include the history of forest stewardship on tribal lands in North America, federal laws and tribal forestry, contemporary uses of plants and wildlife stewardship, fire, conclusions from the Indian Forest Management Assessment (IFMAT), tribal co-management, and the future of tribal forestry in the face of climate change.  
Series Hosts
The series is co-developed and co-hosted by The Forest School and the Yale Center for Environmental Justice at Yale School of the Environment, and Salish Kootenai College.  
Series Facilitators
The series is faciliated by Gerald Torres (Yale School of the Environment), Adrian Leighton (Salish Kootenai College), and Marlyse Duguid (Yale School of the Environment).
Join us every Thursday from January 18 to April 25 from 12–12:55 pm U.S. ET.  Note there will be no webinars on March 14 and 21. 
The series is free and open to the public. Each session will be recorded and posted to the website. We will offer CEUs for foresters in attendance.
Gerald Torres, Adrian Leighton, and Marlyse Duguid
Yale School of the Environment (YSE) / Salish Kootenai College (SKC)
Introduction to Tribal Forestry
Cody Desautel (Colville)
Intertribal Timber Council
Tribal Forest Management and the Trust Responsibility
Arthur “Butch” Blazer (Mescalero)
Recent Historical Perspective of Natural Resource (Forest) Stewardship on Tribal Lands
Gerald Torres
Yale School of the Environment
Federal Laws and Tribal Forest Management
Rebecca Hunt (Colville)
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Contemporary Uses and Knowledge of Plants of the Tribes
Dawn Blake (Yurok)
Yurok Forestry Department
The Current State of Tribal Forest Management
Phil Rigdon (Yakama)
Yakama Department of Natural Resources
The Current State of Tribal Forest Management
Serra Hoagland (Laguna Pueblo)
USDA Forest Service
Tribal Wildlife Stewardship
Monique Wynecoop (Atsugewi / Mountain Maidu)
NW Bureau of Indian Affairs
Tribes and Fire: Implementing Traditional Knowledge
Tyler Everett (Mi’kmaq)
University of Maine
Forest Health Concerns for Tribal Forestry Programs in the Northeast
Michael Dockry (Potawatomi)
University of Minnesota
Climate Change and Impacts on Indigenous Forestland Stewardship
Thora Padilla (Mescalero Apache)
Mescalero Apache Division of Resource Management and Protection
Ways of Seeing and Stewardship of Tribal Lands Into the Future
Series Facilitators
Series Wrap-up