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Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: How wildlife will recolonize former Elwha lakebeds

By • Nov 24th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The mouse is measured for length and weight and marked as studied before being released in the former Elwha lake beds. Click on the photo for more pictures at NWIFC’s Flickr album.

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is studying how wildlife might help or hinder growth of new vegetation along the restored Elwha River.

The tribe is watching how small mammals, elk, deer and birds are …

Sauk-Suiattle Reservation at Risk from Climate Change

By • Nov 10th, 2014 • Category: News

The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Reservation, including residential housing and tribal administrative offices, is at risk from flooding and erosion, according to an assessment performed by Natural Systems Design.

The assessment looked at the impacts of climate change to both tribal infrastructure and the Sauk River ecosystem that support fish and wildlife critical to the Tribe. Natural Systems Design studied the flows and flooding of rivers, glacial melting …

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe cleans up Point Julia, Port Gamble Bay

By • Nov 5th, 2014 • Category: News

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe has spent 2014 focused on improving the health of Port Gamble Bay, especially Point Julia, where tribal members regularly gather to exercise their treaty rights.

The tribe has been working through a list of more than 400 items for removal, including old creosote pilings and derelict fishing gear, on the beaches north and south of Point Julia. Also on the removal …

Nisqually Tribe counting prawns in South Sound

By • Oct 29th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Margaret Homerding, shellfish biologist for the Nisqually Tribe, measures a prawn during the tribes shellfish surveys of South Sound.

A long-term study by the Nisqually Tribe is providing a better understanding of shrimp in South Sound.

“What shrimp populations are in the area is not well documented,” said Margaret Homerding, shellfish biologist for the Nisqually Tribe. “The state conducted surveys a decade ago, but did not …

The Muckleshoot Tribe is spreading traditional food through schools

By • Oct 27th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Shawn Saylor, the kitchen coordinator for the Muckleshoot Indian School, holds a piece of salmon to be served at the school.

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is making sure traditional foods are part of many of the meals it serves. Six kitchens across the tribe – including in schools and elder facilities – adopted new protocols to encourage the use of traditional foods.

The Muckleshoot Indian School …

Lower Elwha Tribe studies wood movement in Elwha River

By • Oct 24th, 2014 • Category: News

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is tagging large woody debris to follow it as it moves through the newly restored Elwha River system.

“We’re tracking over 2,000 logs and tree stumps with silver tree tags, from the upstream end of Lake Mills to the river mouth,” said Vivian Leung, a doctoral student of geomorphology at University of Washington.

She’s been working with the tribe since 2012 …

Billy Frank Jr. honored with Crosscut lifetime achievement award

By • Oct 23rd, 2014 • Category: News

Seattle-based nonprofit news organization Crosscut awarded the late Billy Frank Jr. the David Brewster Lifetime Achievement Award this morning during its 2014 Courage Awards ceremony.

Last week, Crosscut published a profile about Billy and his life’s work, interviewing tribal and environmental leaders and politicians.

Squaxin Island tribe snorkeling for juvenille coho

By • Oct 20th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Candace Penn and Michael West, Squaxin Island tribal staff, look for juvnille coho that might be using a small stream in the Deschutes watershed.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is conducting snorkel surveys throughout the Deschutes River watershed, looking for stretches where coho go to feed and grow.

Each spring for the last three years, the tribe has released 100,000 juvenile coho into the Deschutes. They then …

Suquamish Tribe, agencies restore eelgrass beds on Bainbridge Island

By • Oct 17th, 2014 • Category: News

Work will begin this week on the final phase of a major eelgrass restoration project located just outside Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island.

The project is at the site of the former Milwaukee Dock, near Pritchard Park. The dock, removed in the early 1990s, historically served the Wyckoff creosote plant; the area is now a Superfund cleanup site.

The dock was constructed in a dense subtidal …

Degraded water quality forces Lummi to close shellfish harvest

By • Oct 14th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Lummi tribal members harvest clams in Portage Bay in 2011.

High levels of fecal coliform prompted the Lummi Nation to close 335 acres of Portage Bay shellfish beds in September.

The fecal coliform – mostly from livestock, human and pet waste originating upstream from the reservation – exceeds federal bacterial standards, meaning the shellfish could be unsafe to eat. The voluntary closure affects Lummi’s treaty-protected ceremonial, …