Resources and Actions

This page is just beginning and will be updated continuously. We invite you to recommend resources to help the NELF community understand structural inequality, and actions people or institutions can take to build a better future for communities and the land via the NELF Community Suggestion Box. Much gratitude to all who have taken the time to share your thoughts and resources with the community!

Conservation & Environmental Justice

Suggested by Doris Johnson of CT DEEP - thank you, Doris!

Article: How Green Groups Became So White and What to Do About It

Video/transcript: Interview of the week: Dr. Dorceta Taylor

Article: Why Detroit Residents Pushed Back Against Tree-Planting


  1. How can [your] organization address zoning or the lack of zoning in the distressed municipalities

  2. Find ways to engage communities into existing and future projects/programs

  3. Equal distribution of resources and access

  4. Stimulate economic growth in the communities

  5. Capacity building, partnerships, and community engagement build trust

Suggested by the NELF team:

Article: What We Lose When We Forget the History of Our Public Lands

Article: Wildlife Conservation and Settler Colonialism in the North American West, part of a series on the environmental anthropology of settler colonialism

Collaboration: First Light Learning Journey (Maine's Land Trusts and Wabanaki Tribal Nations)


Suggested by the NELF team:

Article: Research on The Diversity-Innovation Paradox in Science shows how minority researchers innovate more but are rewarded less for their novel scientific contributions.

Lab leadership and culture: Ten simple rules for building an anti-racist lab