Native groups seek to repair lands damaged by colonization
August 25, 2022
KINGSTON, Mass. (AP) - Asa Peters marched into a thicket of Japanese knotweed in the woods of coastal Massachusetts this month and began steadily hacking the towering, dense vegetation down to size.
The 24-year-old member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe was among a cadre of volunteers rooting out invasive species and tending to recently planted native vegetation on a wide swath of forest acquired on behalf of his federally recognized tribe and other Wampanoag communities.
"It's hard. You got to keep pulling and pulling. Starting to really sweat, but it's cool," he said as he took a quick break in the sweltering August heat. "We're in the early stages, putting in the work to create a special place where we can do all kinds of great things."