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Squaxin Island Tribe, land trust, working together to restore former golf course »
Photo by the state Department of Ecology.

Photo by the state Department of Ecology.

From the Squaxin Island Tribe’s natural resources blog:

The Capital Land Trust and the Squaxin Island Tribe are working to bring back salmon habitat and protect an important shellfish growing area by restoring a former golf course on Oakland Bay. The land trust recently purchased the 74-acre Bayshore Golf Course, which includes the mouth of Johns Creek and over a thousand feet of Oakland Bay shoreline.

The tribe and the land trust will remove a 1,400 foot dike, restoring the Johns Creek estuary and important marine shoreline. “Taking the dike out will provide salmon with additional acres of saltwater marsh to use as they migrate out to the ocean,” said Jeff Dickison, assistant natural resources director for the tribe..

Eventually, the golf course fairways will also be replanted with native vegetation, restoring a streamside forest that helps provide habitat to salmon.


Tribes release 39 million salmon in 2013 »

Treaty Indian Tribes in western Washington released more than 39 million hatchery salmon in 2013, according to recently compiled statistics.

Of the 39 million salmon released, 10.1 million were chinook. Also released were 16.5 millon chum and 7.7 million coho, as well as 800,000 steelhead and 500,000 sockeye.

Most tribal hatcheries produce salmon for harvest by both Indian and non-Indian fishermen. Some serve as wild salmon …

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Put People Before Profits »

When it comes to your chances of getting cancer from the foods you eat, what odds would you like: one in a million, or one in 100,000?

Of course all of us would prefer the least amount of risk. That’s why it’s hard to believe that Gov. Jay Inslee is even considering changing water quality rules that would increase that risk. The justification? Businesses such as …

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Skagit Valley Herald: Northern Sound tribes speak out against steelhead lawsuit »

Four treaty tribes are concerned about the impacts of a lawsuit about state-raised steelhead:

The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, Lummi Nation, Stilliguamish Tribe of Indians and Tulalip Tribe say if Fish and Wildlife withholds the hatchery fish in May, it would affect their already restricted fisheries, which are backed by treaty rights.

But the tribes say the organization failed to consider habitat loss, which is

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