Chris Caldwell, director of the Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation, sits for a portrait in an outdoor classroom on the reservation. When discussing potential effects of climate change on the land, Caldwell says, "for Menominee, it's more of an issue because we have a limited finite, land base now. We don't have access to those ancestral territories. It's more pressure on a smaller piece of land.” The Menominee in northern Wisconsin are preparing for the ways in which climate change could affect their forest in the future, in which invasive species could impact the life cycle of trees in the area. 95 percent of the land is occupied by trees here, and the forest is so dense that the reservation’s sharp outline is visible from space. The land owned by the neighboring community of Shawano County is recognizable by the sudden and stark division of forest and open fields.
Photo by Lauren Justice