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Kenneth W. Dupuis


Forestry Pioneer

Ken DupuisKenneth is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He is a graduate of Dixon High School and received a B.S. Degree from the University of Montana School of Forestry in the 1957.  Ken spent 36 years working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a Forester at Flathead, Yakima and  Fort Apache Indian Reservations. He was selected as the Forest Manager for the Flathead Indian Agency in 1977. He led the forest management program until his retirement in 1994. He presently resides in Polson, Montana. He has been awarded a number of awards including the Intertribal Timber Council, 1991 ‘Earl Wilcox Award’ for significant achievement on behalf of Indian people and their forests.

Kenneth provided leadership in building a comprehensive, science-based forest and fire management program for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at Flathead Agency. He increased the forestry budget and instilled a high-level of professional standards for a state-of-the art program in natural and cultural resource stewardship that is recognized as a model in ‘Indian Country’ and the State of Montana. He provided leadership for environmental protection, forest planning, application of silviculture practices, training and education, forest research, wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire use. A significant achievement was the development and maintenance of interagency cooperation with neighboring agencies as demonstrated by full partnership with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation land management of School Trust Lands and the creation and administration of the 1981 BIA/CSKT/State of Montana Fire Protection Agreement on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Ken also instilled a keen sense of interagency cooperation with interagency fire suppression training, multi-jurisdictional large-fire management, and full personnel participation on Northern Rockies Incident Management Teams.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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