Tribal natural resource programs play an important role in balancing the sustainable harvest of salmon, timber and other resources with environmental restoration and the protection of sensitive species and habitats.
Washington Tribes are committed to maintaining this balance, from the Tulalip Tribes work to restore native fish habitat while also increasing hatchery salmon production on rivers like the Skykomish, to the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's work to improve shellfish productivity in Sequim Bay and the Colville Tribe's new sustainable timber management and mill operations near Omak.
Washington's rich natural resources provide thousands of jobs for tribal members and non-tribal members alike. Our state's Native American tribes are committed to making investments in smart natural resources management practices so that our resources can be productive for many generations to come.
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Other examples of tribal investments in responsible natural resource management include:
- The Colville Tribe is using Purse Seine fishing methods to selectivly harvest hatchery Chinook and sockeye salmon in the Columbia River, allowing wild salmon to be released to reproduce naturally.
- The Quinault Indian Nation is restoring logjams, flood plains and other fish habitat on the Quinault River in an effort to support declining runs of Quinault River Blueback sockeye salmon, a run famed for its taste.
- The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, which purchased the Heronswood botanical gardens near Kingston last year, is working to "restore the gardens back to their historic, internationally-acclaimed level but also to reflect tribal ownership, culture and traditions."
- What are Washington Tribes doing to restore salmon runs? Removing culverts, installing logjams, protecting spawning habitat and much more. Get more information in a three part series from Indian Country Today Media Network here!
- A partnership between the Tulalip Tribes and Werkhoven Dairy farm of Monroe creates profits and protects key salmon habitat by using manure to generate electricity.
- The Makah Tribe invests a significant portion of its tribal government budget for fisheries and natural resource enhancement projects.
- The Yakama Tribe established Yakama Forest Products to sustainably manage and harvest 309,000 acres of commercial saw log timber on the Yakama Reservation along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains.
- The Spokane Tribal Hatchery annually produces kokanee salmon and rainbow trout for release into Lake Roosevelt, Banks Lake and other Inland Northwest lakes.
- The Suquamish Tribe, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, the City of Bremerton and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Keyport teamed up recently to transport over 200,000 coho salmon smolts from Gorst Creek Hatchery in Bremerton to Puget Sound.
- The Tulalip Tribes and state fisheries have reached an agreement for joint hatchery management in an effort to improve numbers of Chinook salmon in north-central Puget Sound. Part of the agreement will include doubling the amount of Chinook fry released into the Skykomish River system annually, from 250,000 to 500,000 fish.
- Several Puget Sound area tribes are working with the Northwest Straits Foundation and the fishing industry to remove derelict "ghost nets" from Washington waters.