Decisions in Forestry: A Foundation from Indigenous Points of View


Webinar information

Across the U.S and Canada, there are hundreds of federally recognized Native American Tribes and First Nations that are working to regain forested land while upholding practices that are unique to a modern forestry setting. These practices recognize the important relationship with the land and are vital to the culture, health and economies. Hear from panelists about unique approaches to sustainable land management, the cultural importance with the ecosystem, and the role certifications play in their forest management.

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Is this webinar for you?

This webinar is intended for professionals who are knowledgeable and interested about responsible forestry, curious about the ways Native American Tribes and First Nations practice sustainable land management, and those interested about forest certification.


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Webinar access 

This archived webinar is available for viewing until on April 24, 2025 at 11:59 pm ET. The Zoom Webinar platform will be used for the presentation. Be sure to connect to the webinar using a device approved to access Zoom.

The webinar is accessible within the Contents tab (to the right of the Overview information).

Webinar duration

This webinar is 1 hour.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

1. Describe how the culture of many tribes can positively impact forest management.

2. Identify forest management trends within some Native American, First Peoples, or Indigenous tribes.

3. List key examples of Native American, First Peoples, or Indigenous approaches to forest management.


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Gwen Bridge

Global Indigenous Governance Leader and Natural Resource Scientist

Gwen Bridge is an environmental scientist and conservation advocate. Her work has focused on sustainable land management practices to help facilitate the cultural preservation of Indigenous communities. Gwen has Saddle Lake Cree Nation heritage. Her father was an environmental activist who advocated to protect natural parklands. Bridge completed her Bachelor of Science in environmental studies and geography at the University of Victoria and her M.Sc. at the University of Alberta in forest hydrology. Gwen began her career as a field hydrologist and later became more focused on providing strategic planning, title and rights protection strategies and policy development and analysis for First Nations with respect to resource management.

Ron Waukau

Forest Manager

Menominee Tribal Enterprises

Ron Waukau has had a long career at Menominee Tribal Enterprises, starting in 1988. Ron has served multiple appointments across Menominee forest operations prior to becoming Forest Manager.

Tom Kain (Moderator)

Senior Manager for Forest Management Certification Markets

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

I have been an SAF member since 1992. I earned my BS in Forestry and an MS in Natural Resources from Cal-Poly Humboldt in 1995 and 1996 respectively. I have worked in both the land management and wood procurement areas of forestry. My career started on the West Coast but I have lived and worked in Eastern Tennessee for the past 18 years. I was the Tennessee Tree Farm chair from 2007 through 2008, the Tennessee SFI SIC Chair from 2014-2017, KT vice-chair in 2018, KT chair in 2019, KT policy chair for 2020, and the working group 6 sustainability and certification vice-chair in 2022. In my current role for the Forest Stewardship Council US, I assist the forest management certificate holders in the US.

Gabriel Thoumi (Moderator)


Responsible Alpha

Gabriel Thoumi is a qualified investment research manager with over 13 years' experience as an award-winning ESG research manager (2014, 2015, 2020 & 2021) and an Erb Institute and Consortium Fellowship recipient. He is a member of various Fortune 500 and NGO boards and scientific and financial technical committees including the S&P Sustainable Finance Scientific Council. He has published over 70 ESG Integration™ investment reports, edited two finance textbooks on conserving our land and ocean resources, and hundreds of news articles on ESG integration™. In his career, he has successfully led ESG Integration™ capital market innovations in ETFs, public finance, and green bonds funds; large and mid-cap U.S., global, and emerging markets funds management; corporate engagement; and carbon markets. He is an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches Financing a Sustainable World. Gabriel has an MBA and Master of Science in natural resources and sustainable systems from the University of Michigan.

Robert Grala (Moderator)

Forest Science & Technology Board


Decisions in Forestry: A Foundation from Indigenous Points of View
04/24/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 04/29/2024  |  60 minutes
04/24/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 04/29/2024  |  60 minutes
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