The Future Forest Reimagined:
Building Resilience for Ecological Recovery and Community Wellbeing in the Northern Appalachians/Acadian/Wabanaki Region
This five-day workshop convened key stakeholders and Rights holders from Indigenous groups, Canada, and the U.S. to develop a shared plan for accelerating the protection and stewardship of a resilient forested landscape across the Northern Appalachian-Acadian-Wabanaki (NAPAW) ecoregion of Canada and the United States (see map).
There have been many exciting advances in the science and practice of forest management and protection over the last decade. These new insights, together with traditional Indigenous systems and knowledge, offer the potential to accelerate the ecological conservation of forests across the NAPAW region. Coupled with the emergence of new sources of financing, we can achieve the greatest efficiencies and impact by coordinating efforts across sectors and regions.
The “Future Forests Reimagined Workshop Series Report” is now available for download. (pdf)
Day 1: Inspiring Action and Establishing a Vision for the Future of the Forest
Friday, January 14, 2022 | 9am – 3pm ET
- Inspire participants about the vision and scope of the series
- Provide a platform for inspirational leaders to share their ideas
- Discuss visionary ideas for the future
- Establish common understanding and platform of resilient forest
Day 2: Identifying and Implementing Management Strategies
Friday, January 21, 2022 | 9am – 3pm ET
Day 2 Objectives:
- Understand and engage with perspectives of Indigenous peoples
- Articulate need for coordinated management strategies across borders
- Discuss strategies and implementation at a small, medium, and large scale
- Identify needs and opportunities for improvement to achieve shared goals
See agenda and resources for day 2 here.
Day 3: Importance of Silviculture and Forest Economics
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 9am – 2pm ET
Day 3 Objectives:
- Discuss current approaches in academia and identify opportunities to impact the university-level dynamic
- Understand the practice of forest economics and conservation finance
- Identify next steps to move the needle towards ecological forest management
See agenda and resources for day 3 here.
Day 4: Science and Conservation of Old Forests
Friday, February 25, 2022 | 9am – 2pm ET
Day 4 Objectives:
- Underscore the importance of old forest protection and restoration
- Opportunity to coalesce ideas and discussions into action
See agenda and resources for day 4 here.
Day 5: Moving the Needle
Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 9am – 1pm ET
Day 5 Objectives
- Focus the conversation and shift into action planning
- Identify next steps for five integral pillars that hold up the topics of ecological forestry and old forests: Policy; Academics and Research; Partnerships; Economics; and Human Dimensions
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.