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.
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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.