Courtney Bobsin
Tim Vredenburg

On Dec. 2, the SEFS Seminar presenters will be Courtney Bobsin, SEFS Ph.D. candidate, and Tim Vredenburg, Director of Forest Management with the Cow Creek Tribe in Oregon. They’ll present, “Lands management and tribal engagement: perspectives on enhancing collaboration and learning.”

Please join us at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at this Zoom link. The discussion is open to anyone interested in attending. A usual Q&A session will be held immediately after the presentation.

See the full SEFS Seminar lineup here.

Here’s an abstract for the presentation: “Historically, some engagement with tribal nations has contributed to drive-by science where scientists and researchers collect data while tribal nations do not always see a clear benefit. Through strategic approaches that emphasize the need for equity and acknowledges tribal sovereignty and self-determination, we can create partnerships and collaborations where both tribes and researchers are co-producing projects and studies. Over the last two decades, UW’s Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) in Forks, WA has been building relationships and rapport with coastal tribes and have collaborated on both marine and terrestrial management efforts. Using a recent ethnoforestry project as an example, we highlight the value of including tribal input into management and discuss engagement through a University perspective. 

“In addition, tribes have their own unique knowledge bases, needs, and approaches to managing lands and resources. The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe in Oregon has created holistic forest management approaches that blend traditional ecological knowledge with best available science to accomplish some of their management goals. Although, the Cow Creek have learned that some indigenous approaches to conservation and management do not blend well with modern western approaches to conservation. Developing a better understanding of tribal approaches may create new opportunities for shared learning and improved strategies. Through this presentation, we will offer two unique perspectives on tribal engagement from both university and tribal lenses.”

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