Science Cafe: Saving Our Forests
Listening to the Land and Honoring Traditional Knowledge
Forest health is necessary for life, but the nation’s forested lands are slowly disappearing. How can we sustain our nation’s forests and their numerous benefits? We can use all available knowledge, both Western and traditional, to understand and address forest management issues. Traditional ecological knowledge, known as TEK, originated with Native American and indigenous communities as a result of living intimately with the land for thousands of years. This special relationship with the environment can serve as a foundation for long-term forest management, connecting ecological, social, spiritual, and economic understanding to forest sustainability. Join the conversation as USDA Forest Service scientific thought leader Dr. Robert Doudrick explores the benefits of traditional knowledge and how it can help solve complex forest challenges.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Robert L. Doudrick is Director for the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, headquartered in Asheville, NC. Dr. Doudrick provides leadership for interdisciplinary scientists, research support teams, and science delivery specialists focused on contemporary issues – including climate change, invasive species, water resources, and wildfire. An internationally accomplished scientist focused on plant genetics and health, he has advanced cutting-edge forest research through several Forest Service leadership positions. Dr. Doudrick is expanding traditional knowledge value as government agencies, forest managers, local and indigenous communities, and scientists partner to sustain our nation’s forests. This café is part of the USDA Forest Service Research and Development partnership with the Nature Research Center.