DOD, GovGuam looking for traditional healers and cultural practitioners

by Timothy Patrick
Marine Corps Activity Guam

DEDEDO, Guam – In accordance with the 2011 Programmatic Agreement associated with the Marine Corps Relocation on Guam, the Department of Defense, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and the Department of Chamorro Affairs (DCA) are seeking to expand the current list of traditional natural healers and other knowledgeable herbal practitioners/artisans interested in collecting plants and/or seeds within forested areas prior to vegetation clearing associated with future construction projects. While the current program focus is to collect plants that are within proposed construction sites, opportunities for collection and identification remain in other areas.

A participant list was established in consultation with DCA after public notifications were published, e-mails were sent, and subsequent meetings were held to solicit feedback from the community and plan for site visits. Although a number of individuals and groups have already participated in the collection program, DOD intends to regularly update the list by providing notifications.

Members of the community interested in the program are encouraged to contact Dave Snyder, Joint Region Marianas public access program coordinator, at David.L.Snyder@fe.navy.mil / 671-355-2013.

For more information about military activities associated with the relocation of U.S. Marine to Guam, contact Marine Corps Activity Guam Public Affairs Officer, Major Tim Patrick, at timothy.patrick@fe.navy.mil / 671-689-5860.

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