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Future Forest Reimagined

Day 2 – Identifying and Implementing Management Strategies

On Day 2 we explore different management strategies and scales. Mi’kmaw Elder George Paul sings and speaks to connection and kinship to earth in our  opening.  Highlighting  community work and First Nation land acquisition in Nova Scotia , Trish Nash (Mi’kmaw)  and Elizabeth Jessome from Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources and Allie Rivers and Troy Robichaud who work with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq provide insights into Etuaptmunk (“Two-eyed Seeing”, from Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall), explaining the centrality of connections.  We move to the University of Maine where Darren Ranco (Penobscot) and Suzanne Greenlaw (Maliseet) describe respectful integration of research and projects between the indigenous community and higher education. The next panel examines strategies based  on ownership scale.  Next, Jon Leibowitz of New England Wilderness Trust discusses land trusts and conserving “forever wild land”.  Megan de Graff, Community Forests International,  addresses the international challenge through a focus on community forests and smaller ownership. And from the forest industry Dan LaMontange presents  Seven Island’s approach to advancing ecological forestry.

The “Future Forests Reimagined Workshop Series Report” is now available for download. (pdf)


Opening Thoughts and Acknowledgements

  • Elder George Paul, Mi’kmaw
  • Land Acknowledgement: Roberta Clowater
  • Land Acknowledgement: CDR

Indigenous Perspectives

Indigenous Perspectives

●        Etuaptmumk and the Importance of Connections:(Presentation pdf)

    • Alexandra Rivers, Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
    • Troy Robichaud, Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq 
    • Patricia Nash, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources
    • Elizabeth Jessome, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources

●        Darren Ranco, Penobscot; Staff of Wabanaki Commission on Land and Stewardship; Chair of Native American Programs, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Maine (Presentation pdf)

●        Suzanne Greenlaw, Maliseet, PhD candidate,  University of Maine

Conversation: Forest Protection and Active Management: Large and Small Landowner Strategies

●        Old forests, land trusts, protection, and rewilding: Jon Leibowitz, Northeast Wilderness Trust, Vermont  (Presentation pdf)

●        Small holdings and family forests: Megan de Graaf, Community Forest International, New Brunswick  (Presentation pdf)

●        Ecological forestry at a large scale: Dan LaMontagne, Seven Islands Land Company, Maine

Small Group Discussions / Activity

Closing Remarks and Thoughts

●        Nancy Patch, FFR Planning Team


Additional resources for Day 2

“Crown land: Where forestry, politics and the environment meet “, by Aaron Beswick (pdf)

“Wild Carbon: Analysis of sequestration in old forests”, by Mark G. Anderson (pdf)

“Larry Fink’s Annual 2022 Letter to CEOs | BlackRock” (pdf)

“Tan Telolti’k: HOW WE ARE DOING NOW”, by Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, 2020 (pdf)

UINR Partnership Tenets (pdf)

“From a sweat lodge to the classroom: The journey of the Mi’kmaq Honour Song”, by Emma Smith, CBC (pdf)

“Overview: Our Approach to working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples”, from Nature United (pdf)

“Respect and Responsibility: Integrating Indigenous rights and private conservation in Canada”, by Larry Innes, Ian Attridge, and Skeena Lawson (pdf)

“We Rise Together” – The Indigenous Circle of  Experts’ Report and Recommendations, March 2018 (pdf)

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional and unceded territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy and other Indigenous peoples, who have been caretakers and stewards of this land since time immemorial. These Indigenous nations and peoples include the Abenaki, Massachusett, Mi’gmaq/Mi’kmaq, Pennacook, Penobscot (Penawapskewi), Peskotomuhkati, Wampanoag and Wolastoqiyik peoples. This territory is governed by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which were signed with the British Crown in the 1700s, and the rights of Indigenous peoples described in the Jay Treaty of 1794 between the US and Great Britain. These treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources, but in fact recognized Indigenous title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations. These relationships are key to reconciliation, to which we all need to be committed, as we are all Treaty peoples. In conserving these lands and waters, we need to embrace the essential leadership of Indigenous stewards who continue to care for them, including Elders, Knowledge Holders and communities.  Working together on shared responsibilities to the lands and waters, and to each other, is a key part of our ongoing Treaty relationships and collective kinships with nature.