Tag Archives: Upper Skagit

Upper Skagit’s Sustainable Forestry Turns Maples to Guitars

Pacific Tonewoods general manager Eric Warner shows a guitar with a back made from a maple tree.

Two maple trees harvested from Upper Skagit Tribe timberlands have a musical future ahead of them.

The trees were sold to Pacific Rim Tonewoods, a specialty sawmill upriver from the Upper Skagit Reservation that sells lumber to guitar makers Taylor and Martin, among others. While most guitar tops, sound …

Upper Skagit tracks sockeye’s preferred prey

The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe is sampling zooplankton in Baker Lake and Lake Shannon to track the availability of food for juvenile sockeye salmon.

The results will let fisheries managers know whether the reservoirs can support an increase in sockeye production at Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Baker River hatchery. The Upper Skagit Tribe took over zooplankton monitoring from PSE two years ago, after the utility’s Federal …

Upper Skagit Tribe surveys habitat use by juvenile chinook, steelhead

The Upper Skagit Tribe and the University of Washington (UW) are doing a two-year study examining seasonal habitat preferences for yearling chinook and steelhead in the Skagit River.

Not all juvenile chinook salmon migrate out to sea right away. They spend a few months to two years in freshwater and estuarine habitat. This study will help researchers learn more about the fish that stay in the …

Upper Skagit Tribe builds elk exclusion fence near Mosquito Lake

Upper Skagit natural resources technician RJ Schuyler (left) and timberland services forester Robert Schuyler install an elk exclusion fence.

The Upper Skagit Tribe is building an 8-foot-tall, 4,000-foot-long elk exclusion fence as part of a cooperative elk management project near Mosquito Lake in Whatcom County.

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) provided the materials and arranged to have the fence built at the …

Upper Skagit Tribe’s BioBlitz counts hundreds of species in restored habitat

Volunteers from Alderleaf Wilderness College investigate scat near Hansen Creek during the Upper Skagit Tribe’s BioBlitz.

The Upper Skagit Tribe recruited scientists and volunteers to help document the plant and animal life taking advantage of restored habitat along Hansen Creek.

A few years ago, the tribe partnered with other agencies to restore 140 acres of freshwater floodplain and wetland habitat within the Skagit County-owned Northern State …

Upper Skagit Tribe manages elk habitat with Seattle City Light

Upper Skagit biologist Doug Couvelier, right, and timberland services forester Robert Schuyler assess a parcel of Seattle City Light land.

The Upper Skagit Tribe has been contracted to help assess more than 10,000 acres of wildlife habitat that Seattle City Light (SCL) purchased to mitigate for habitat lost due to the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project.

As required by the 1991 Wildlife Settlement Agreement among SCL, tribes, …

Upper Skagit tribal youth learn traditional cedar gathering

Students in the Upper Skagit Tribe’s summer youth enrichment program are learning traditional ways to gather and weave cedar.

Recreational youth coordinator Tara Rodriguez, who arranged the trip, said there haven’t been any organized cedar gatherings for tribal youth since she was a child.

In small groups, the 10- and 11-year-old students hiked into an old-growth forest in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Darrington, accompanied …

Upper Skagit Indian Tribe examines steelhead scales

The Upper Skagit Tribe is analyzing scale samples to determine the age of steelhead returning to the Skagit River.

Unlike most species of salmon, steelhead can spawn repeatedly before they die. They mature at 2 or 3 years, and can stay at sea up to three years before returning to fresh water to spawn.

Upper Skagit tribal staff took scale samples from 75 wild steelhead to …

Video features Upper Skagit-BPA partnership for elk habitat

Bonneville Power Administration has a video describing its partnership with the Upper Skagit Tribe to improve elk habitat on a right-of-way near the tribe’s reservation.

NWIFC News reported about the project in our spring magazine:

The Upper Skagit Tribe has partnered with Bonneville Power Administration and timber company Sierra Pacific to enhance elk habitat on 20 acres near the tribe’s reservation in Sedro-Woolley.

In October,