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Environment

Tribal environmental planning and natural resource programs play a critical role in efforts to restore and protect important cultural and natural resources. Tribes conduct a range of activities across Washington's watersheds and strive to solve problems at the ecosystem level. Their work includes watershed planning, water quality programs, environmental education, environmental assessments, salmon recovery programs and more.

Case Study: The Nisqually Indian Tribe Helps Restore the Nisqually River Delta

The Nisqually Delta Restoration Project, led by the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Ducks Unlimited, and the Nisqually Indian Tribe, represents the single largest tidal marsh restoration project in the Pacific Northwest. The river delta, nearly destroyed by human development, is being restored to natural salt marsh and estuarine flood plain habitat for migratory waterfowl, aquatic mammals, native fish, resident birds and wildlife, and the people who seek to enjoy this remarkable environment.

The Nisqually Tribe and its members have been major contributors to this effort, removing dikes and restoring flood plains to 57 acres of the delta owned by the tribe. The tribe has also been instrumental in restoring native plants and conducting fish and animal surveys to aid the resurgence of fish and wildlife to the Nisqually River ecosystem, including salmon and other species whose young require fragile estuarine habitat to develop.

For more about the Nisqually Delta Restoration Project, visit the Nisqually Delta Restoration website or watch the KCTS program Saving the Ocean: River of Kings which documents work to restore the Nisqually River from its source to Puget Sound.

For more information about tribal news and environmental investments, please visit our News Archive.

Examples of other tribal environmental restoration projects include:

100 Years Ago and Today: Sockeye in Cle Elum from Tatoosh Media on Vimeo.

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has been instrumental in the effort to remove two dams on the Elwha River, the biggest dam removal project in U.S. history.
Banksavers Nursery & Landscaping is a business owned by the Stillaguamish Tribe specializing in tree and plant species native to the Pacific Northwest.
The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe is working to restore the tidelands of Sequim Bay to help shellfish populations and provide a valuable natural resource.
Supported by a grant from the Squaxin Island Tribe, the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail is part of the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group's efforts to protect habitat and restore local salmon runs.