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