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Native Americans and forestry in Canada: Many options for collaboration but no easy solutions

January 24, 2011

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The Environmental Studies Speaker Series committee invites all UMFK faculty, staff, and members of the public to a presentation, entitled Native Americans and forestry in Canada: Many options for collaboration but no easy solutions by Dr. Stephen Wyatt, assistant professor for social forestry and forest policy, at the Université de Moncton at Edmundston in New Brunswick, Canada. 

The presentation will be held in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room on Friday, February 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The event is free.
 
Dr. Wyatt’s research work focuses on issues of Indigenous involvement in forestland management, public participation in the forest sector, and the management of private woodlots. He currently supervises four master’s degree students and is involved in research in New Brunswick, Québec, and Labrador.
 
Professor Wyatt has recently coordinated Canada-wide research on collaborative arrangements between Aboriginal peoples and the forest industry as a review project for the Sustainable Forest Management Network. Other research work with Aboriginal peoples and with community organizations in New Brunswick has been funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
 
He holds a Ph.D. and a Masters in Forestry Science from Université Laval in Québec in 2004, where he examined the paradigms of the forest industry and the Atikamekw Nation in Haute-Mauricie, Québec. Australian in origin, Dr. Wyatt also holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry science from the Australian National University.
 
Prior to joining the Université de Moncton, Professor Wyatt occupied a variety of posts, including general manager of the Quebec Forest Research Council, scientific coordinator for the XII World Forestry Congress at Québec, forestry program manager for a nongovernmental organization in the South Pacific, and has served as a government-employed forester in Australia.      
 
The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. The presentations cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers are only scheduled during the academic year.
 
For more information on the presentation or the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Dr. Steven Selva at (207) 834-7617 or by e-mail at: sselva@maine.edu