EnviroThursday - "The Indigenous Roots of Sustainable Forestry in the United States and an Environmental History of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin"

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Thursday Mar 13, 2014
Olin-Rice Science Center 250

Speaker:  Mike Dockry, Research Natural Resources Specialist, USDA Forest Service

For many indigenous communities, forests have powerful cultural, historical, and economic meanings. In this talk, Mike explores the meanings of forest management (harvesting trees for timber) on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. He addresses three fundamental questions:  How have Menominee people and non-Menominee people understood their relationship with forests and forest management through time?  How and why has the Menominee forest changed through time? How does history and culture shape definitions, practices, and understandings of sustainability?

Mike Dockry is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mike is currently a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station in Saint Paul, MN, and is building a research program that integrates social and ecological sciences. From 2005-2012 he was the USDA Forest Service's Liaison to the College of Menominee in Keshena, WI, where he facilitated research, education, and outreach around sustainable forest products and sustainable forest management. Mike earned a PhD in the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Wisconsin Madison. His research interests include understanding social aspects of forest management, sustainability, indigenous community forestry, strategic foresight, and environmental history. Mike also has a BS in Forest Science from the University Wisconsin Madison and an MS in Natural Resources from the Pennsylvania State University.

Refreshments provided.

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This event is for: Students, Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: Environmental Studies

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