Analyzing Long-term Conservation Partnerships: Emerald Ash Borer in Maine, US and Social Networking Analysis

Authors: Emily Francis*, University of Maine
Topics: Biogeography, Qualitative Methods, Natural Resources
Keywords: Social networking analysis, invasive species, EAB, black ash, keystone species
Session Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
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The state of Maine is facing an invasive species called the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Marsh.), EAB, which has the ability to eliminate ash trees, specifically, black ash (Maliseet: wikp, Mi’kmaq: wiskoq, Fraxinus nigra)¹,³. EAB’s impending spread across Maine and assumed effect on black ash as a natural and cultural resource, specifically to the Wabanaki People, creates a dire concern for health of black ash habitat and cultures dependent on this tree species². A goal of this research is to create a framework of the social network of relationships between key collaborators and Tribes in the Maine EAB and ash tree issue, addressing how these relationships impact conservation issues. Social Networking Analysis is a multi-process analysis which will be used to analyze past and current collaborators working on this issue. A geographic analysis of the collaborators will be proposed. This work is part of a PhD dissertation and the proposed workflow/methods of the research will be presented.

[1] Baumflek, Emery, & Ginger. (2010). Culturally and economically important nontimber forest products of northern Maine. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-68. Newtown Square, PA: U.S.D.A., Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 74 p.
[2] - Costanza, Livingston, … Siegert. (2017). The Precarious State of a Cultural Keystone Species: Tribal and Biological Assessments of the Role and Future of Black Ash. Journal of Forestry, 115(5), 435–446.
[3] - Haack, Jendek, … Ye, H. (2002, September). The Emerald Ash Borer: A New Exotic Pest in North America. Newsletter of the Michigan Entomological Society, 47, 1-4.

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