BARTON, Vt. (AP) - The Nulhegan Abenaki tribe is looking to create the first "tribal forest" in Vermont.
A nonprofit wing of the tribe is hoping to buy 68 acres in Barton with the support of the Vermont Land Trust, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the state chapter of the Sierra Club. The idea is to preserve the land as forest.
The tribe, which was formally recognized by the state last year, has no communal meeting place. The tribe would hope to gather medicinal plants and harvest maple sap.
The Caledonian-Record reports it would be the first communal land of the Nulhegan Abenaki in 200 years.
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