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Consultation Invitation - Proposed National Policy: Renewable Energy Directive

The notification of the opportunity to consult was distributed on May 22, 2024. A Tribal Forum was hosted on November 2, 2023.

Tribal Forum - Proposed National Policy: Carbon Stewardship Rulemaking & Proposed Plan Amendment: National Old Growth Amendment

Please join the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for a Tribal Forum on the Carbon Stewardship proposed rule making and the proposed National Old Growth Amendment on May 22, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, please see the invitation to consult, Carbon Stewardship Summary Analysis, National Old Growth Amendment Summary of Consultation and Collaboration To-Date, and register in advance.

Tribal Forum - Proposed National Policy: Tribal Relations Directives & Proposed Document Update: Research and Development Tribal Engagement Roadmap

Please join the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for a Tribal Forum on the Tribal Relations Directives, and revisions to the Research & Development Tribal Engagement Roadmap on May 9, 2024 at 2:00 PM ET. For more information, please see the national policy and document background and register for the Tribal Forum.

Apply for Landowner Assistance for Access to Emerging Markets for Climate Mitigation and Forest Resilience

The Forest Service is making at least $20 million from the Inflation Reduction Act available to federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native corporations and villages to help recipients overcome barriers to accessing emerging private markets for forest resilience or climate mitigation. The application package is available on under opportunity listing #USDA-FS-2024-IRA-FLS-02.  

Eligible applicants are federally recognized Tribes, Alaska Native corporations and villages, and Tribal organizations. Eligible applicants may each submit one proposal requesting up to $2 million. Proposals are due by August 21, 2024. For more information, including a pre-recorded application assistance webinar and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, please visit the listing. Interested applicants can also email the Forest Landowner Support team at with questions. 

Annual Report on Tribal Co-Stewardship Now Available

At the White House Tribal Nations Summit, USDA joins with leaders from across the federal government to reaffirm a shared commitment to honoring the federal government’s treaty and trust responsibilities to protect Tribal sovereignty and revitalize Tribal communities. The Forest Service is highlighting important advancements in nation-to-nation relationships with Tribes, including 120 co-stewardship agreements and more than $68 million in investments in Tribal communities. The Forest Service is advancing co-stewardship of Tribal ancestral lands and engaging Tribes early and meaningfully in the decision-making process. Read the USDA Report on Joint Secretarial Order 3403 (PDF, 948 KB).

News release: At White House Tribal Nations Summit, USDA Fulfills Long-Standing Tribal Requests to Strengthen Food Sovereignty and Expand Indigenous Roles in Forest Management

Apply for Landowner Assistance for Participation in Climate Markets

The Forest Service is making funding from the Inflation Reduction Act available to help underserved and small acreage forest landowners connect to emerging climate markets. Eligible entities include Tribal governments and organizations, states, local governments, public and private non-profits, and for-profit entities.  

Emerging climate markets are creating economic incentives to keep forests healthy and productive through reforestation, thinning overgrown forests, and more. However, high acreage requirements and prohibitive start-up costs have caused many small-acreage and underserved private forest owners to be left behind. The investments being announced today will expand access to markets that were previously out-of-reach, allowing underserved and small-acreage forest landowners to be a larger part of the climate solution while also supporting rural economies and healthy forests.

More information and applications are available at the Forest Landowner Assistance webpage.

Proposed National Policies: Tribal Relations Directives

The notification of the opportunity to consult was distributed to Tribal and Corporation leaders on July 31, 2023. The agency requests input on the Tribal Relations directives throughout the duration of the revision process. The target publication date is November 2024. 
The Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations will host multiple opportunities for collaboration and consultation throughout the revision process to incorporate Tribal government and Alaska Native
corporation perspectives. 

For more information, please visit the National Consultation Schedule.


  • A group of people wearing masks sit at a table under a picnic pavilion.

    The Forest Service consults with Tribal Nations on policies that may affect Tribes. Office of Tribal Relations maintains a schedule for national-level consultation.

  • Purple flowers are in focus in the foreground. The background is slightly blurry with a group of people in a circle with their backs to the camera.

    Forest Service strives to increase benefit for Tribes from Agency programs. The Agency also benefits from Tribal input, especially  Indigenous knowledge. 

  • Scenic landscape photo with green shrubs in the foreground and a mountain in the background.

    Federal land managing agencies hold in public trust a great diversity of landscapes and sites, including many culturally important sites held sacred by Tribal Nations. 

  • Close up of logs that are part of a traditional Santa Clara Pueblo home.

    Forest Service guide for reburials of human remains and cultural items, temporary closure and forest products for traditional and cultural use, and prohibition on information disclosure.

  • A hand holds a small piece of monitoring equipment in front of pine seedlings.

    The Forest Service Research and Development Tribal Engagement Roadmap aims Tribal Nations to guide development of ethical and significant research partnerships with Tribal Nations.

  • A man wearing fire gear  leans on his shovel in front of a low intensity fire.

    The Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu is an extensive collection of climate change adaptation actions for natural resource management.