The Intersection of Industrial and Indigenous Forest Management

Dawn Blake, Mike Dockery, Tim Hayden, Peter Wakeland (moderator)

Friday, October 16, 2020 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Virtual - see video link below

This 2020 S.J. Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry will examine the intersection of industrial and indigenous forest management in California and across the United States. Peter Wakeland will moderate, and Tim Hayden, Dawn Blake, and Mike Dockery will discuss the aspects of successful and profitable forest management on Tribal lands. The program will highlight the unique elements of Tribal forest management, explore challenges faced by Tribes managing forestland, and identify industrial forest management practices unique to Tribal forestry that may have applications beyond Tribal forest lands.

Peter Wakeland, Acting Superintendent, Puget Sound Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Chief, Forestry and Wildland Fire Management Division, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
Peter has been the Chief Forester with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) since 2016, recently accepting a special assignment as Acting Superintendent of the Puget Sound Agency.  Prior to joining the BIA, Mr. Wakeland was the Coquille Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Director.  He is a member of the Grand Ronde Tribe, and was the first-ever recipient of the Tribe’s Hatfield fellowship.  Peter is a graduate of Oregon State University’s forest management program.  

Dawn Blake, Wildlife Biologist, Hoopa Valley Tribe; Member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe

Dawn has worked for over a decade in the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s forestry program.  She is currently the Tribe’s Wildlife Biologist II, and continues to work directly with Tribal forest managers on the timber sale process.  Dawn recently completed a Master of Science program in Wildlife at Humboldt State University.  Her work focused on the movements and habitat selection of Pileated Woodpeckers on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in response to timber management practices.  Dawn also sits on the Board of Directors of the Hoopa Tribal Education Association.

Mike Dockery, Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota; Member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Mike is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  He works at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor of tribal natural resource management in the Department of Forest Resources, an affiliate faculty member in the American Indian Studies Department, and as a fellow at the Institute on the Environment. His academic focus is on incorporating Indigenous knowledge into forestry and natural resource management, supports tribal sovereignty, and addresses tribal environmental issues. Mike earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin, as well as an M.S. in Forest Resources from Penn State University.

Tim Hayden, Executive Deputy Director, Natural Resources Division, Yurok Tribe; Member of the El Dorado County Wopumnes Nisenan-Mewuk Tribe
Tim has been the Deputy Executive Director of Natural Resources for the Yurok Tribe since 2015, having started his career in the Tribe’s Fisheries Department nearly 25 years ago.  He currently oversees all Yurok natural resources departments and programs, and leads Tribal efforts on resource management planning, environmental compliance, and carbon project management on recently purchased Yurok lands.  Tim serves on the CAL Fire Native American Advisory Committee and was recently selected to serve on the CA Air Resources Board’s Carbon Offsets Taskforce. He holds a B.S. from Humboldt State University’s Fisheries Department.

You can view this talk live below, on UC Berkeley's YouTube page, or on the Rausser College Facebook page. We will be taking live questions on October 16 starting at 4:30 p.m. via Facebook and YouTube in the comments section.