Indigenous influence on forest management on the Menominee Indian Reservation

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Abstract

Until the era of self-determination from 1972 to the present, few Indian tribes in the United States were able to influence forest management on their reservations. The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin is a major exception; based upon legislation in 1908, they were able to force the federal government to implement many ideas that are now popular as part of sustainable forest management: long rotation ages, selection harvest practices, and long-term monitoring. They also have maintained a mill throughout to support tribal employment. Other tribes have been able to implement their own ideas as their control of reservations has increased; the Intertribal Timber Council has an annual symposium at which tribes exchange ideas about forest management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-139
Number of pages6
JournalForest Ecology and Management
Volume249
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 25 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • American Indians
  • Menominee Tribe
  • Self-determination
  • Sustainability
  • Sustained yield
  • Traditional knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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