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More than jobs and tax dollars are at stake

More than jobs and tax dollars are at stake

Jay Julius, member of the Lummi Indian Business Council, addressed the impacts a proposed coal terminal would have on the environment and treaty-reserved fishing rights.

Director of Ecology talks toxic cleanup, water quality

Director of Ecology talks toxic cleanup, water quality

Maia Bellon, director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, addresses the Tribal Habitat Conference in Port Angeles, discussing the state’s role in toxic cleanups, water quality and human health indicators among other issues....

Visiting Tulalip restoration sites

Visiting Tulalip restoration sites

The final session of the 2009 Tribal Habitat Conference consisted of a field trip to two of the Tulalip Tribes’ restoration projects. The Coho Creek restoration began in 2000, with the replacement of a...

Tribal water quality database training

Tribal water quality database training

NWIFC’s SSHIAP/Water quality GIS analyst Ron McFarlane is giving a lecture to introduce a standardized database to assist tribes in transferring existing water quality data into a common format. Some of the key features...

Technical workshop: SSHIAP Hydro

Technical workshop: SSHIAP Hydro

This morning, Tyson Waldo, SSHIAP North Sound Area Biologist with NWIFC, is leading a technical workshop about the SSHIAP Hydro regional geodatabase. SSHIAP (Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Inventory and Assessment Program) Hydro is a...

Making the cultural connection

Making the cultural connection

Speaking about his role as a tribal liaison for the departments of Ecology and Transportation, NWIFC’s Darrell Phare stressed the importance of taking tribal culture into consideration. We need to consistently consult with the...

Monitoring is key to successful restoration and enhancement

Monitoring is key to successful restoration and enhancement

The afternoon speakers discussed efforts to monitor habitat projects. Lummi Nation geomorphologist Michael Maudlin spoke about monitoring large woody debris restoration on the South Fork Nooksack River. Lummi has monitored the effectiveness of its...

Tackling nearshore habitat and forest practices

Tackling nearshore habitat and forest practices

After lunch, speakers from the Skagit River System Cooperative, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission discussed the nearshore environment and forest practices. Eric Beamer, research director for SRSC (the natural...

Skokomish chairman on Cushman Dam settlement

Skokomish chairman on Cushman Dam settlement

Skokomish Chairman Joseph Pavel spoke during lunch about the Cushman Dam settlement with the city of Tacoma. Read a column about the settlement on page 4 of our magazine. The tribe’s appeal to the...

Tulalip Tribes developing shoreline management plan

Tulalip Tribes developing shoreline management plan

Tulalip Tribes environmental planner Julia Gold described the process of developing a stormwater management plan. The state’s Shoreline Master Program (first created in the 1970s) aims to prevent the inherent harm from uncoordinated and...