BACKGROUND

The Navajo Forestry Department was established by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1971.

The  Department is  part of the Division of Natural Resources, and is made up of five programs The Navajo Forestry Department manages 596,728 acres of commercial forest and 4,818,815 acres of woodlands.  These lands not only provide forest/woodland products, but they provide wildlife habitat, forage for grazing, recreational opportunities, and water resources.  These renewable natural resources are very important to the Navajo people, so the forest and woodland resources need to be managed properly.  Using established best management practices with available funding, the Navajo Forestry Department manages these important resources for the Navajo people.

The role of the Department is to manage and protect the Navajo Nation Forest/Woodland resources, for the beneficial and perpetual use of the Navajo people.

In partnership with, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Forestry Branch, BIA assists the Navajo Forestry Department in the forest/woodland management.

Since 1982, through the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, P.L. 93-638, as amended, the Department has contracted the following forest management activities from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), which are conducted by the programs.

◊ FOREST MANAGEMENT

  • Timber Sales Preparation
  • Fire Prevention
  • Enforcement
  • Forest Product – Permitting
  • Pole Marking

◊ WOODLAND MANAGEMENT

  • Forest Product – Firewood sales

◊ FOREST DEVELOPMENT

  • Reforestation
  • Thinning

◊ FOREST MARKETING

  • Forest Product – Lumber sales

◊ FOREST MANAGEMENT, INVENTORY, AND PLANNING

  • Forest Inventory