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Future Forest Reimagined

Day 3 – Silviculture and Forest Economics


On Day 3 we consider ecological forestry and economic aspects of sustaining a resilient forest.  The opening by shalan joudry (Mi’kmaw) inspires with story and poetry.  The first session brings three perspectives on ecological silviculture.  Mike Dockry (Citizen Potawatomi) describes centuries of indigenous forest management by the Menominee in the Great Lakes Region, painting a stark contrast with mainstream industry management.  Patricia Raymond next describes Quebec Provincial government’s research and implementation which focuses on multi-aged  forest management with emphasis on biodiversity and old forest characteristics. Tony D’Amato, University of Vermont, completes the session with a discussion on the values of ecological forestry and the challenges to widespread adoption.   Launching the economics session Joseph Pallant, Ecotrust Canada, discusses exciting opportunities for carbon offsets to provide incentives for exemplary forest management.  John Daigle, (Penobscot) University of Maine, talks about the economic values of outdoor recreation and cultural resource activities for indigenous people.  Sean Ross of Lyme Timber, provides a progressive timber industry view emphasizing the economic need for societal well -being and climate change adaptation, the opportunity for carbon offsets to balance economic and the power of social movements to drive greater ecological forestry. 

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


Opening Thoughts

●        shalan joudry, Mi’kmaw

●        Land Acknowledgement: Roberta Clowater

●        Land Acknowledgement: CDR

Conversation: Grounding Our Knowledge and Understanding

●        Tony D’Amato, University of Vermont  (Presentation pdf)

●        Patricia Raymond, Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks  (Presentation pdf)

●        Mike Dockry, University of Minnesota, Citizen Potawatomi  (Presentation pdf)

Small Group Discussions / Activity

Conversation: Practical applications of forest economics and conservation finance

●        Joseph Pallant, Ecotrust Canada  (Presentation pdf)

●        John Daigle, University of Maine, Penobscot  (Presentation pdf)

●        Sean Ross, Lyme Timber

Small Group Discussions & Adjourn

Closing Thoughts:

  • shalan joudry, Mi’kmaw
  • Christine Laporte, FFR Planning Team


Additional resources for Day 3

“Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu”. Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Odanah, Wisconsin. (pdf)

“Working across Cultures to Protect Native American Natural and Cultural Resources from Invasive Species in California”, by Janice M. Alexander, Susan J. Frankel, Nina Hapner, John L. Phillips, and Virgil Dupuis. 2017 (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.