The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has signed a Tribal Forest Protection Act proposal with the Hiawatha National Forest that utilizes Western science while engaging Anishinaabe knowledge frameworks. The Sault Tribe Wildlife Department will lead the planning and monitoring of prescribed fires and other projects to build resistance in the ecosystem. The US Forest Service will then implement the plans. The agreement includes $364,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to support co-stewardship activities in managing remnant boreal forest ecosystems in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “This approved proposal is really a codification of more than a decade of collaborative work between our tribe’s wildlife program and the Hiawatha National Forest,” said Sault Tribe Chairman Austin Lowes. “Our goal is to ensure that the forest is not only here for the next generation but the next seven generations.”

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