Introduction to the Rivercane Gathering Webinar Series

Description: Welcome! This first webinar in the Rivercane Gathering series will 1) introduce the goals and objectives of the Tribal Nations-USDA Forest Service Rivercane Gathering initiative; 2) present practical field identification techniques for rivercane, including comparison to non-native bamboo species (Roger Cain, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians/Cherokee Nation); and 3) provide an introduction to the cultural importance of rivercane, (Casey Bigpond, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians).

When: Feb 25, 2021 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Rivercane Gathering Statement of Purpose: The purpose of the Rivercane Gathering is to gather tribal representatives, artisans, traditional knowledge holders, scientists, land managers and other stakeholders to discuss the current state of knowledge for rivercane in the southern United States. It is our hope that this effort will strengthen management, coordination and outreach that will lead to environmental and conservation efforts and greater tribal access with respect to rivercane.

For more information or questions: Please contact Michelle Baumflek USDA Forest Service e-mail us, (828) 257-4887 or Ryan Spring, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,, (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2137

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Last updated: February 2, 2021