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Upper Skagit Tribe Thins Forest for Elk Forage

By • Dec 18th, 2014 • Category: News

The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe’s natural resources department thinned and mulched forestland on Puget Sound Energy (PSE) property last fall to improve elk forage in the North Cascades mountains.

Degraded and disconnected habitat is one of the main causes of the decline in numbers of the Nooksack elk herd, which went from a population of more than 1,700 20 years ago to about 300 by 2003. …



Tulalip Tribes Keep Track of Hatchery Salmon

By • Dec 17th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Tulalip fisheries technicians spawn female chum salmon at the tribes’ Bernie “Kai-Kai” Gobin Hatchery.

Tribal and state co-managers continue to improve their ability to track hatchery salmon in the Snohomish watershed.

Both the Tulalip Tribes’ Bernie “Kai-Kai” Gobin Hatchery and the state’s Wallace River Hatchery recently installed new chillers to better mark hatchery chinook, coho and chum salmon.

“One hundred percent of all Tulalip chinook, coho …



Nisqually Tribe using new fish camera to keep a close eye on weak steelhead run

By • Dec 15th, 2014 • Category: News

How many steelhead are migrating up and down the Nisqually River has always been a mystery.

But, this year a new camera installed by the Nisqually Tribe at a diversion dam will allow fish managers to get a handle on the population of endangered fish.

The camera is located at a fish ladder the City of Centralia’s diversion dam on the Nisqually and will take a …



Coho Salmon Eggs Put to the Stormwater Test

By • Dec 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

WSU toxicologist Jen McIntyre checks the condition of an embryo that was exposed to urban stormwater runoff. More pictures from the study can be found by clicking on the photo.

Peering through a microscope at the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Hatchery, biologist Tiffany Linbo uses two pairs of tweezers to gently peel the protective layer off an 18-day-old fertilized coho salmon egg.

The National Oceanic and …



Tribes partner with OSU to study clam contamination

By • Dec 2nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Swinomish staff and OSU students sample clams on Kukutali Preserve.

Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) are studying shellfish contamination on the Swinomish reservation and nearby Fidalgo Bay.

Both the Swinomish Tribe and Samish Nation have partnered in the project with OSU’s Superfund Research Program, focusing on clam contamination on tribal lands.

Butter clams were sampled from sites in Fidalgo Bay near an oil refinery, and …



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 supports 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 …