Science, Traditional Knowledge, and People Connect at "To Bridge a Gap" Meeting
“Successful partnerships often depend on trusting relationships,” says Read more in CompassLive..., Eastern Threat Center biological scientist and a tribal liaison with the Southern Research Station. She was among the attendees of the recent "To Bridge a Gap" meeting, the 14th such gathering intended to strengthen relationships between the Forest Service and federally recognized tribal governments. Held in Wyandotte, Oklahoma, the meeting provided opportunities to exchange scientific research and traditional ecological knowledge and to discuss strategies for managing cultural and natural resources in the National Forests. Hoagland hosted and moderated two presentation sessions focused on natural resource issues, and Center extension and technology transfer specialist shared information and tools with meeting participants. All 39 federally recognized Oklahoma tribes attended the meeting, as well as many tribes from other states and representatives from government agencies, academic institutions, and private industry.
Pictured: Charles Coleman from Thlopthlocco Tribal Town (far left) speaks during a panel discussion at the "To Bridge a Gap" meeting. Photo by Serra Hoagland.