Holistic landscape conservation not new to the Blackfeet Nation

In northern Montana and southern Alberta, the Blackfeet Confederacy has long viewed the integration of natural and human systems as central to the tribe’s physical and spiritual well-being. In the face of environmental, social, and political change, the Blackfeet continue to embrace holistic, landscape-level approaches to planning and land management with the goal of sustaining the ecological health of the lands that are vital to their cultural and traditional practices. The Center for Large Landscape Conservation has been working with the Blackfeet for nearly a decade, and highlight how the Iinnii Initiative, an effort to reintroduce wild buffalo, is ensuring that the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Blackfeet Nation won’t be lost — and demonstrating lessons for the broader landscape conservation community.

 

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