Abenaki Land Access Project
Database of Private Lands Offering Access to Abenaki Citizens
Welcome Abenaki citizens. Vermont Family Forests is very glad to be facilitating a connection between private landowners in Vermont and the Abenaki people.
Through the Abenaki Cultural Use Land Access Project, we are exploring a process for offering Abenaki tribal citizens access to private forestland in Vermont for cultural use, such as hunting and harvesting plants. This project (as of January 2021) is in its earliest stages. We are just beginning to get the word out to private landowners in and around the Center-west Ecoregion, and to Abenaki citizens who might like access to gather plants and/or hunt on those lands.
This is the first project of its kind that we know of, and we’re figuring it out as we go, in collaboration with Chief Stevens of the Nulhegan Abenaki tribe. The acreage in our database of participating lands is small at the moment (around 500 acres), but we are fielding many inquiries from interested landowners and expect that to grow.
The password-protected spreadsheet below lists the private lands whose owners welcome access by Abenaki citizens. Each landowner has set their own preferences for land access, so please read each carefully to see what activities (hunting/plant collecting) each allows. You’ll also find a link to a map of each property in the last column of the database. The password is available on the abenakitribe.org website, in the section for Nulhegan citizens.
We welcome your feedback about the project, and about ways to make the land access process better for you.