Today we have a chance to expand our forest conservation efforts while also helping preserve the culture of Native Americans in Vermont -- a culture that is on the verge of disappearing.
Over the past year, we've been working hard to establish town forests as part of the Our Forests, Our Future campaign. As part of this campaign, we are working with the native Nulhegan and Elnu Abenaki tribes of Vermont to not only preserve their forests, but also their culture.
These tribal forests will conserve wildlife habitat and build and protect paths for animal migration. Most importantly, tribal forests will allow the Abenaki to provide firewood for their elders, food for their families through hunting and fishing, and give tribes sources of revenue through sustainable forestry and maple sugaring.
Sign the Petition today!
We, the undersigned Vermonters, call on the Governor, the Agency of Natural Resources, and the Departments of Parks and Recreation to work cooperatively with the state recognized Abenaki Tribes and their allies to secure conservation-oriented lands that will fall under the stewardship of said tribes in order that these tribes may secure, among other things, tribal revenue through sustainable forestry, firewood for their elders, game to feed their families, and a cultural center that they can again hold as their own.
We support the State of Vermont taking all necessary administrative moves to hold land in trust for said Abenaki Tribes or creating a lease agreement with said Abenaki Tribes in order to achieve these goals.
support the creation of Abenaki Tribal Forests.