Investigator:

Naomi Heindel

Advisor:  Michael Dove

Description:

I look at the land use change in James Bay, northern Quebec due to logging.  This is the homeland of the James Bay Cree.  The non-Cree logging that has spread rapidly since the 1970s greatly effects their land and way of life.  I look at the spatial distribution of logging, the succession of logged patches over time, and the effects of forestry regulations on logging distribution and impact.  I layer Cree perspectives and land use practices with spatial data in order to understand how logging and forestry regulations play into a larger story of Cree self-determination and autonomy.