Sealaska Forester Discusses Multiple-Use Forests

Brian Kleinhenz was invited to share Sealaska’s story on managing a forest for multiple purposes with Western Forester, a publication of the Society of American Foresters.

Pictured L to R -- Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson, 2014-2015 Board Youth Advisor Alyssa London, Sealaska Forester Brian Kleinhenz

In his article Sealaska Practices Traditional Approach to Multiple Use, Kleinhenz showcases a blending of 10,000-year-old traditions of food gathering and cultural use of forest products with a modern wood products industry.

I enjoy telling Sealaska’s story and sharing our land management ethic with my peers who read Western Forester.  I wanted to share the way Sealaska blends traditional land stewardship values with modern science and practices true multiple use forestry.  ----Brian Kleinhenz, Sealaska Forester                                        

Excerpts from Sealaska Practices Traditional Approach

  • Sealaska develops forest management techniques that create a true win-win between wildlife habitat benefit and tree growth
  • Pruning lets low angel Alaska summer sunlight reach the forest floor and stimulates growth
  • Maintaining a thriving understory community is critical to providing forage for species like Sitka Black-tail deer
  • The future is blending science and traditional knowledge to better balance resource management and use

Read the Summer issue of Western Forester.

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