The Sustainable Development Institute and Center for First Americans Forestlands in collaboration with Menominee Tribal Enterprises recently participated in a day of tours and meetings with two visiting scientists. The scientists, Frederico Franca and Tamara Amorim Franca, are originally from Brazil and currently studying at the University of Mississippi. They have been located at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, working collaboratively with Forest Product Laboratory Scientists analyzing properties and characteristics of southern pine structural lumber in the southeastern United States. This work is related to lumber grade, non-destructive testing, board stiffness, and board strength. Their goal is to maximize the value of pine lumber and timberland.
The tour held on July 26, 2016, included visits with Menominee Tribal Enterprises where they visited the forest and sawmill, a tour of the Keshena Campus of the College of Menominee Nation and meetings with the Sustainable Development Institute and Center for First Americans Forestlands staff and student interns. The day ended by a visit to a meeting of the Menominee Tribal Enterprises Board of Directors.
The day and its wide variety of interactions with all facets of Menominee Forestry, from the business to the academic areas of forestry, allowed for an exchange of perspectives, information and technology on subjects including cultural values, forest management, wood processing, and forestry studied and field work.