The importance of Indigenous gathering practices

To the untrained eye, an old field may be unremarkable. At best it can be a place to spot wildlife, but few would consider it to have any importance to daily life. However, for the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik communities in Maine and New Brunswick, old fields are one of numerous habitats where plants are gathered…  More 

New Native Plants Resource for Teachers

A plant module developed in partnership by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now available online for teachers to download and use with K-12 students. The module integrates current science-based knowledge with the traditional knowledge passed down from generation to generation of Cherokee. Partners from the…  More 

SRS Director Highlights Traditional Knowledge During Science Café

Forest health is necessary for life, but the nation’s forested lands are slowly disappearing.  How can we sustain our nation’s forests and their numerous benefits? We can use all available knowledge, both Western and traditional, to understand and address forest management issues. “You can learn from living on the land for centuries,” said Southern Research…  More