Menominee, USDA Create Forest Research Center

May 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 15-4: Ancient Cultures Modern Technology, Tribal College News

Forty-four tribes own over 16 million acres of forestland in the United States. To provide leadership for managing these forests for future generations, the Menominee Nation and USDA Forest Service have created a first-of-its-kind research, education, and extension center at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI).

The Research and Education Center will focus on three areas: education, research and technology transfer; and extension and outreach. The tribal college envisions baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in sustainable development. It also plans to host conferences and workshops to disseminate “best practices” knowledge in sustainable forest management.

At ceremonies commemorating the partnership in January, College of Menominee Nation President Dr. Verna Fowler, said, “This is truly a unique partnership that will blend the traditional knowledge and values of the tribes with the management and research expertise of the Forest Service. We believe the center will benefit the partners, the surrounding communities, and private landowners who rely on healthy forests.”

Forest Service National Tribal Relations Director Dale Kanen stated, “The Menominee Nation is nationally recognized for leadership in sustainable forestry. This agreement expands our partnership and formalizes avenues to transfer technical expertise between forestry professionals and students pursuing degrees in natural resource management. Through this relationship we’ll help assure wise forest management for the future.”

Tribal and private landowners will also benefit from dissemination of “best practices” in forest management and utilization of forest products. In addition, the center will host conferences, workshops, and continuing education courses to communicate and demonstrate sustainable forest management principles.

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