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Vision​ of Chief Oshkosh​

Season 4 | Episode 9 | October 1, 2023

Good silviculture is about using the best available science, along with the experience and local knowledge we accumulate in the field. What if we practiced forestry in an area for not only one lifetime, but for generations upon generations. Imagine the knowledge base we could draw from to guide our silviculture! Indigenous peoples have been managing forest vegetation for various purposes for generations, accumulating a great understanding of how forest ecosystems work, sometimes referred to as Traditional Ecological Knowledge. On this episode of SilviCast we explore this topic by looking at silviculture on the Menominee Forest. The Menominee Tribe has managed this 230,000-acre forest in north-central Wisconsin for 160 years and it is one of the first examples of sustained yield forestry in North America. Join us as we talk with ​our long-time forestry partners on the Menominee Forest.




​​Ron Waukau

Forest Manager, Menominee Tribal Enterprises

Ron Waukau has had a long career at Menominee Tribal Enterprises, starting in 1988. Ron has served multiple appointments​ across Menominee forest operations prior to becoming Forest M​​anager.

Anthony Waupochick

Forester, Menominee Tribal Enterprises

Anthony Waupochick is a career forester at Menominee Tribal Enterprises, serving multiple appointments across forest operations prior to becoming Silviculturist in 2009. His appreciation to the Menominee Forest began early in life, learning and utilizing tribal forest resources with family, later shifting to research focused on the history and philosophy of Menominee sustainable forestry management. Anthony lives in Keshena, Wisconsin with his family. He earned his M.S. in Natural Resource Management at Central Washington University and undergraduate degree in Forest Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. ​​

Patrick Gauthier

Harvest Preparation Forester, Menominee Tribal Enterprises

Pat Gauthier is the Harvest Preparation Forester for Menominee Tribal Enterprises. He received his associate’s degree in natural resources from the College of Menominee Nation in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2018. He has been working in the MTE silviculture department since 2019.

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Episode Show Notes

​Group Opening​​ Outcomes, Sustainable Forest Management, and the Menominee Tribal Lands, Kern et al, J. For. 115(5):416–424,


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