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Montana to plant at least 100 trees with tribal communities

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Urban & Community Forestry Program is celebrating the NASF #CentennialChallenge by continuing to strengthen its partnerships with Montana’s Indigenous Nations. This includes assisting in projects that combine forestry, education, and cultural land uses to benefit the community. The MT DNRC plans to meet the Centennial Challenge by planting at least 100 trees with tribal communities in 2020.

Currently there are several project ideas shared between DNRC and tribal members that will result in planting trees in the hundreds.  Some examples are included below.

  • Fruit and food-producing trees and shrubs for an edible forest garden
  • Multi-functional shelterbelts and green spaces
  • Tree plantings for social, ecological, or economic enhancement
  • Plantings for cultural/medicinal/ceremonial, educational, or historic purposes
  • Environmental goals such as native plant use, shade, water, climate, and sustainability
  • Educational or research-based activities, tree giveaways

The first projects will take place in April-May 2020 with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and the Blackfeet Nation. DNRC will share event activities using #centennialchallenge and #nasf100 in our social media and other media outlets. As additional funding is procured the number of sites and/or the scope may be expanded.   Additional partnerships could include the Northern Cheyenne, Crow, and Fort Belknap reservations with unique projects that bring trees to their communities.