Natural Resource Director, Wiyot Tribe
Adam Canter is the Natural Resources Director for the Wiyot Tribe Natural Resources Department, where he has worked since 2014. He studied forestry at Virginia Tech where he earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2003 and later earned his B.S. in Botany from HSU in 2008. Adam has been privileged to work with Wiyot citizens who have blessed him with knowledge about culturally important plant species and Indigenous land stewardship. Adam helped to spearhead the research and grant proposal through the Ocean Protection Council’s first Environmental Justice program leading to the return of the culturally important property of Mouralherwaqh, the first forestland to be returned to the Wiyot. Working with partners in Cal Poly Humboldt’s NAS Food Sovereignty Lab and Env. Science Programs he hopes to highlight the importance of working with tribes and Indigenous peoples to learn about stewardship.