CAMDEN — University of Maine researcher Suzanne Greenlaw will lead a presentation on the opportunities for Native Americans to gather sweetgrass and other traditional plants within National Park boundaries, Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 12 p.m., at Merryspring Nature Center.
In 2016, the National Park Service Code of Federal Regulations was changed to allow opportunities for Native Americans to gather traditional plants within park lands. Greenlaw will speak about her participatory research approach to facilitate sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) and other plant harvesting. The methods described will incorporate both scientific and traditional Wabanaki knowledge into the management and monitoring of culturally important plant species, and aim to provide a template of culturally appropriate engagement between Native American gatherers and national parks.
Suzanne Greenlaw is a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and a doctorate student at the University of Maine in the School of Forest Resources. She currently resides in Orono with her husband and two children.
Greenlaw’s academic research weaves Wabanaki traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and western scientific knowledge to address Wabanaki access restriction to cultural significant plants such as basket quality brown ash trees and sweet grass.
This lecture is part of the Winter Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial.
Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.
Merryspring is a community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round.
The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-236-2239.