On March 23, 2016, FoBR guest speaker Jon Mauchmar, an environmental specialist with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, spoke with us about climate change challenges and the plans the Tribe is making to meet them. The Odawa people have a deep connection with their environment. Being from the Great Lakes, the largest body of fresh water on the planet, water plays a vital role in the history, culture, beliefs, economy and even the political background of the tribe.
Jon explained that temperature and precipitation have been going up since 1990. So, for example, if the trend continues, there could be fewer maple, ash and white cedar trees and more oak. This could lead to more deer and rabbits. Also, with increased rain, erosion and flooding are concerns. Higher water temperatures mean fewer brook trout and more suckers and creek chubs. The Tribe is identifying environmental issues and how to man-age the changes. For more information on their Climate Change Adaption Plan, visit nibiishnaagdowen.com.