Forest ThreatNet

Volume 11, Issue 3 - May/June 2017

Center Scientist Provides a Link Between Tribes and Research

Michelle_Baumflek_headshot.jpgEastern Threat Center research biologist Michelle Baumflek (pictured) has been named a Tribal Coordination Co-Lead for the Southern Research Station (SRS). Along with her fellow Co-Lead, SRS research forester Jon Schelhas, Baumflek will act as a SRS resource for anyone who is currently engaged in work with tribes, or might be interested in developing research opportunities in the future. Both are available to provide feedback on project proposals, identify coordination opportunities with and among tribes, and report annual progress of SRS projects that involve tribes. Baumflek and Schelhas lead work on projects with tribes related to their areas of research. She currently conducts ethnobotanical research and outreach related to sustainable plant harvesting and resource access with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribes. Baumflek says she is truly excited about the opportunity to maintain and further connectivity between the SRS and partners within the 52 federally-recognized tribes located in the Southern Region.

For more information, contact Michelle Baumflek at or (828) 257-4887.Tribal_Engagement_Roadmap.jpg

The U.S. Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) Tribal Engagement Roadmap, released in 2015, identifies substantive ways to enhance working relationships, research partnerships, and technology transfer with indigenous communities. The Roadmap also promotes advancing indigenous values, knowledge, and perspectives within Forest Service R&D.

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