I started my forestry career as a tribal forester with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in Oregon. Later, as an Oregon State University College of Forestry faculty member and now as an affiliate faculty member, I’ve worked on the college’s annual Starker Lecture Series for over 20 years.
Given this background, it’s with great pride that I’ve been chairing the Starker Lecture committee this year – and I’m really excited that the 2019 series will focus on tribal forestry.
All the Starker Lecture events are free and open to the public. Topics that will be covered during the series include indigenous forest and subsistence practices, the history and future of tribal forestry in Oregon, and how “first foods” such as fish, berries and big game drive forest management.
Lectures will be held on Feb. 13, March 6 and April 10. All start at 3:30 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus in Corvallis, which is located among the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya tribes. A reception will follow each of the three lectures.
The first lecture is “History of Tribal Forestry in Oregon: Reservation-Termination-Restoration-Transformation,” by Don Motanic of the Intertribal Timber Council.
The second is “First Foods Management Approach of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation,” by Eric Quaempts, director of the Department of Natural Resources at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
The final lecture is “Coquille Tribal Forestry: Seeing the Forest through a Cultural Lens,” by Don Ivy, tribal council chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe, and Darin Jarnaghan, the tribe’s natural resources director.
The 2019 Starker Lecture Series culminates May 30 with a field trip to the Siletz Indian Reservation, where participants will receive a firsthand look at active forest management for a variety of cultural and economic benefits. Registration is required for the field trip, and space is limited.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Starker family in memory of T.J. and Bruce Starker, founders of the Corvallis-based company Starker Forests and prominent leaders in the development of the Oregon forest products industry. The series is also supported by the OSU College of Forestry and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
The Starker Lectures are generally streamed live over the internet and archived at the Starker Lectures website. However, since the March 6 lecture relies on tribal oral tradition, it will not be broadcast or recorded for archive.
More information about the lecture series is available here. I hope you’ll be able to join us for some or all of these events. I’m really looking forward to them.
For the forest,
Director of Forestry