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:
Model Gathering Code
Tribal Regulated Areas
National Forest Gathering & Camping Regulation Summary
Threats to wild plants in the ceded territories
The cultural importance, ecology, and status of giizhik (northern white cedar) in the ceded territories