Tribal Work Group

Our mission: Protect tribal natural and cultural resources through mutual understanding.

This multi-tribal, multi-agency work group aims to increase communication between tribes, researchers and governments concerning invasive pests that negatively impact our natural resources. Many forest pests damage resources that are culturally relevant to tribes, resources that are a vital component of culture and way of life – foods, medicines and materials for baskets or ceremonies. Protecting these resources and ensuring their perpetuation is vital to the cultural integrity of our tribal communities. As government entities work to protect these resources from invasive pests, so do tribes on their tribal lands – invasive pests do not recognize boundary lines. We must work cooperatively to adequately understand how these pests move, find management solutions that minimize impacts, and ultimately preserve native natural resources.

See links below for meeting reports and other outreach products. For more information, contact Principal Investigator Keir Johnson, Intertribal Agriculture Council.



Accomplishments Report                   Briefing Paper


NEW: Tribal Pest Field Guide Cards  (draft)  


Meetings and Presentations (Join the Mailing List)



Creating Successful Partnerships with Native American Tribes Workshop – March 22, 2017, Lockeford Plant Materials Center, Lockeford, California

Tribal IPM Session at the Second Annual Southwest IAC Conference - September 21, 2016, Twin Arrows Resort, Flagstaff, Arizona

Susanville Forest and Wildland Pest Workshop – August 4, 2016, Susanville Indian Rancheria, Susanville, California

Southern California Forest Pest Workshop – July 30, 2015, Sycuan Resort, El Cajon, California

Northern California Tribal "SOD Blitz" – June 6, 2015, Stewarts Point Rancheria, California

Western Plant Board – May 12, 2015, Denver, Colorado

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop – November 19, 2014, Hopland, California

Work Group Meeting - October 29, 2014, Reno, Nevada

Work Group Meeting - August 19, 2014 Pala, Calif.

Work Group Meeting - Feb. 25, 2014, Klamath, Calif.

Work Group Meeting - Nov. 15, 2013, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Work Group Meeting - Sept. 12, 2013, Lakeport, Calif.