Wild Plant Gathering in National Forests


     Traditionally, the Ojibwe people relied on a host of wild plants for food, medicines and other practical purposes. Many of these plants remain important today. To provide more harvesting opportunities to tribal members, GLIFWC’s member tribes entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Forest Service that gives tribal members the ability to harvest plants in national forests within the ceded territories. With a permit tribal members can harvest plants such as princess pine, balsam boughs, birch bark, ginseng, wintergreen, to mention a few, and may even set-up a sugarbush.


Gathering in National Forest reports:


pdf National Forest MOU


pdf Model Gathering Code


pdf Self-Regulation Agreement


pdf Tribal Regulated Areas


pdf National Forest Gathering & Camping Regulation Summary


pdf Threats to wild plants in the ceded territories


pdf The effects of logging on understory plants pre-treatment surveys 1997-2002


pdf The effects of logging on understory plants 2007 survey


pdf The cultural importance, ecology, and status of giizhik (northern white cedar) in the ceded territories