This Week: Tribal Forest Summit at Yale

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The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies this week will host a two-day summit on the state of American Indian forests and the strategies to manage these tribal lands.
The Yale-Intertribal Timber Council Tribal Forestry Summit will convene tribal representatives and federal officials to discuss the federal government’s relationship with Indian forests and the need to train the next generation of forestry and natural resource leaders in tribal lands.
Among the critical challenges facing forest managers are critical funding shortfalls and increased fire risks.
The public event, which will be held in Kroon Hall on Oct. 16-17, is hosted by the F&ES-based Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry (GISF).  View the full agenda.
“They have a lot to be proud of, but they are also resource constrained,” said Mary Tyrrell, Executive Director of the GISF.
Participants will include leaders from several tribes, representatives from federal agencies, and 18 forestry students from tribal communities across the U.S.
On the first day they will participate in a series of panel discussions on the state of tribal forests and natural resources workforce development. On the second day, attendees will discuss potential solutions in a roundtable format.
The event will also provide an opportunity to address the third report of the Indian Forest Management Assessment Team, which assesses the state of tribal forests. The report, which was released in 2013, was co-chaired by former F&ES Dean John Gordon.
That report made several recommendations, including raising per-acre investment in Indian forestry to levels comparable to funds available for similar federal, state, and private forests, and a management and oversight structure that can achieve effective trust oversight in implementing plans that reflect the visions of individual tribes.
The event is open to the public but registration is recommended.

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PUBLISHED: October 13, 2015

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