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Pacific Northwest’s ‘forest gardens’ were deliberately planted by Indigenous people
To show that the forest gardens were the result of human activity, Simon Fraser University historical ecologist Chelsey Geralda Armstrong first identified village sites near the city of Vancouver, Canada, and two closer to Alaska that local tribes were forced to abandon in the late 1800s.... Meanwhile, nearby patches of land logged decades ago and left to regrow on their own were covered with just a few species of conifers and didn’t have the same colorful, edible catalog of species. “The forest gardens bucked the trend,” Armstrong says.
SER Webinar: Reimagining Restoration
What does inclusion in ecological restoration look like for us? How would it feel to truly welcome, celebrate, and protect marginalized members of our communities and ecosystems? We are embarking on the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic while struggling to navigate a civil rights reckoning after last summer's uprisings for racial justice. In this ecosystem of social change, we must initiate and continue timely conversations surrounding race, gender, class, ability, ageism, and violence in the science and practice of ecological restoration. To disentangle restoration from social injustices, we are obligated to openly reflect on the racist lineage of conservation, uncover mutual interests in solidarity efforts, explore our own racial development, commit to training about implicit bias and interrogate how our institutions collude with BIPOC erasure, heteropatriarchy and extractive capitalism. Implications for Practice include decolonizing our media consumption/presentation, shifting language, mapping our roles in social change, evaluating people's access to restoration benefits, considering opportunities for cultural resurgence, and elevating untold stories.
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Inclusion in Ecological Restoration Webinar Series
The NW Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration is hosting a webinar series focused on justice, diversity and inclusion in 2021. Inherent in ecological restoration are the people planning, conducting, and benefitting from the work. Historically, the environmental movement predominantly represented White and middle- to upper-class people. Issues of importance to environmental leaders often did not include those important to indigenous groups, communities of color, or people of lower socioeconomic status.... By forming partnerships across cultures and providing platforms to uplift underrepresented voices, restoration projects can serve all stakeholders, play a role in reducing racial injustice, and achieve long-term success through unified engagement.