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Herald: Stillaguamish salmon threatened by silt, drought

The Herald has a long story featuring the Stillaguamish Tribe’s natural resources department, describing the challenges salmon face on the Stillaguamish River. The Stillaguamish is home to three species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act: Chinook salmon, steelhead trout and bull trout. In recent years, however, the river suffered two blows that have […]

Video: Tightline Adventure highlights tribal hatcheries

Tightline Adventure, a Native-owned and operated non-profit, is making a series of videos about tribal hatchery facilities. Click to watch a video, shot at the Tulalip Hatchery, featuring the NWIFC automatic tagging trailer that marks millions of juvenile salmon by clipping the adipose fin and inserting coded-wire tags in their snouts before release. Fin-clipping makes […]

Video: Lummi Youth Learn Lifeways

Lummi Nation water resources technician Lisa Cook produced a pair of videos about the tribe’s youth outreach progam, which is teaching Lummi schoolchildren about the importance of salmon and other natural resources to their culture. Read related article: Lummi Nation Raises Next Generation of Stewards

Lummi Nation Raises Next Generation of Stewards

From elementary school through young adulthood, Lummi Nation youth are learning about the natural resources that sustain their culture. Lummi Nation School students from kindergarten through sixth grade are planting ocean spray shrubs beside the Wex’lium community longhouse. Known in the tribal language as tsingenilhch, the ironwood is fire-resistant when cut into the sticks used […]

How a Hot Summer Could Be Deadly for Salmon

After a winter of record low snowfall and Gov. Jay Inslee’s May declaration of a statewide drought, treaty tribes in western Washington are concerned about high water temperatures, low flows and pre-spawn mortality in returning salmon. “This drought will have catastrophic, far-reaching effects for many years to come,” said Scott Schuyler, natural resources director for […]