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Posts Tagged ‘Upper Skagit’

Upper Skagit tracks sockeye’s preferred prey

By • Oct 16th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, News

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 …



Video: Upper Skagit youth learn traditional cedar gathering

By • Aug 1st, 2013 • Category: NWIFC Blog, Video

Elders and tribal leaders from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe teach a group of children in the summer youth enrichment program to gather cedar and prepare it for use in traditional crafts such as headbands and baskets.

Upper Skagit Tribe youth gather cedar from NW Indian Fisheries Commission on Vimeo.



Upper Skagit Tribe surveys habitat use by juvenile chinook, steelhead

By • Jan 10th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, News

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

By • Dec 3rd, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, News

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

By • Nov 2nd, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, News

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

By • Sep 13th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, News

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

By • Aug 6th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, News

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

By • May 10th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, News

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

By • Jul 28th, 2010 • Category: NWIFC Blog, Video

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,



Upper Skagit Tribe expands shellfish program

By • Jul 19th, 2010 • Category: News

Upper Skagit technicians Robert Schuyler (left) and Tim Shelton examine a spot prawn with biologist Kyle Deerkop.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY – The Upper Skagit Tribe has ramped up its shellfish program by hiring a new biologist and holding test fisheries on spot prawns.

Test fisheries improve harvest management by providing information about population size.

“Expanding our program will help us learn more about shellfish such as shrimp, so …