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Executive Summary

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Over the course of the last year, the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) has piloted a project focused on ethnoforestry on campus. This has brought together a wide range of the UW community, from undergraduates to alumni, and from across majors to enhance sustainability on our campus and showcase a different methodology of ecosystem management and health. Ethnoforestry uses knowledge from local people and applies this to ecosystem management. This project utilizes a new framework that gives equal weight to both community wellbeing and environmental wellbeing to create a more holistic form of ecosystem sustainability. Through a CSF grant for the 2018-19 academic year, we have been able to develop a wide range of projects including creating ethnoforestry garden beds on campus, developing raised beds to grow culturally important plant species, creating a capstone and internship program, and more. During the 2019-2020 year, we will be working hard to increase our reach across campus, offering more opportunities to get involved, creating additional ethnoforestry garden beds on campus, hosting workshops at the ONRC Hoop House, and interviewing members of our UW community to understand what does community wellbeing and sustainability mean to them. Through this project, more voices will be heard and highlighted, allowing for a student driven path to making our campus more sustainable.

Primary Contact:
Courtney Bobsin