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Sustaining the Environment & Natural Resources

Tribal environmental planning and natural resource programs play a critical role in efforts to restore and protect important cultural and natural resources. Tribes conduct 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.

Tribal natural resource programs play an important role in balancing the sustainable harvest of salmon, game, timber and other resources with environmental restoration and the protection of sensitive species and habitats.

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.


Washington tribes are investing tens of millions of dollars in environmental and natural resource programs.
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  • Blocked for more than 100 years by a farm levee, chinook salmon are returning to Qwuloolt Estuary.

  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe helps to build better fish passages for migrating and spawning salmon in Dungeness River.  Click here to watch a short video of their progress.

  • Yakama Nation’s salmon hatchery program has successfully doubled the population of spring chinook spawning in the upper Yakima River.  Learn more about the tribe’s perspective on fishing hatcheries. 

  • Port Gamble Bay clean-up will begin with a ceremonial blessing from the Port Gamble S'Klallams Tribe.   The two-year project will remove creosoted pilings and wood waste from over a century of mill activity.

  • “We do not inherit this land from our elders, we borrow it from our children” says Brian Cladoosby Chairman of Swinomish Tribe and protector of salmon and tribal rights.

  • Tulalip Tribes are relocating beaver families to the Snohomish Watershed where their dam-building skills will naturally improve stream flow and provide better habitat for salmon and other fish.

  • This fall the Northwest Tribes celebrate the highest return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River basin in 75 years.