Forest practices review
Under the Timber, Fish, and Wildlife/Forest and Fish agreements, the Tribes play an active role in reviewing and “watchdogging” forest practices that have the potential to impact downstream fish and wildlife habitat. The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe works cooperatively with state agencies and timberland managers to ensure Tribal Treaty resources are not compromised by commercial logging and road-building activities. This work involves reviewing individual forest practice applications, conducting on-site review, and participating in inter-disciplinary stakeholder meetings.
The Tribe’s management area lies in the fast-growing region of west Puget Sound. Because past residential and commercial development have compromised the health and integrity of the Tribe’s Treaty-protected fish, wildlife, and shellfish resources, we are active in reviewing new development proposals to ensure no further habitat loss or degradation. The Tribe’s Natural Resources Department scrutinizes and comments on those development proposals that threaten Treaty resources.
On-reservation land use planning and review
Natural Resources staff also assist with the design and review of on-reservation development. At present, we are actively participating in an effort to update the Tribe’s original 25-year old land use plan and continue to provide the Planning Department with technical review of development proposals to protect water quality and safeguard fish and wildlife habitat.