Our team includes university researchers from anthropology, forestry, and ecology, combined with a close working relationship with basket-makers and tribal organizations. Using a range of social science researcher methods, our group is facilitating a process that we believe links knowledge and action for sustainability while at the same time studying how different groups come together to address a common invasive species threat. Our approach pairs social science research methods with explicit knowledge-to-action (K2A) integration. As our K2A work progresses, we will include more stakeholders partners. We believe our work will develop into high integration methods linking social-ecological-systems with a clear K2A.
The Wabanaki culture, or “The People of the Dawnland,” include four tribes residing in Maine – the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Micmac. The Wabanaki and Brown Ash have coexisted for centuries, long before European exploration in the 1600s. In fact, the Creation Story of the Wabanaki is based on the Brown Ash…
"Glooscap came first of all into this country the land of the Wabanaki, next to sunrise... And in this way he made man; He took his bow and arrows and shot at trees, the basket trees, the Ash. Then Indians came out of the bark of the Ash-Trees."
Creation story as told by Molly Sepsis (Passamaquoddy), published in Algonquin Legends by Charles L. Leland, 1884.
The most common method of dispersal for EAB is through the transport of infected firewood. Infected wood is very difficult to detect, and viable EAB eggs and larvae can remain inside firewood for more than a year. Please do your part and limit the transport of firewood, and help educate others. In addition, familiarize yourself with the beetle and Maine’s Ash resource, and report any potential EAB sightings to the Maine Forest Service immediately.