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Tribal wetland plan incorporates climate change forecasts, cultural needs

The Tulalip Tribes are updating their wetland management plan and inventory using high-resolution imaging, field data collection and climate change forecasts. “Accurate, detailed and current wetland mapping is a cornerstone of sound wetland management and protection efforts,” said Jonathan Hall, Tulalip wetland biologist. The work includes refining an inventory of 475 reservation wetlands, ponds and lakes. Improved aerial and satellite data will update a geographic database used by tribal staff in the natural resources, planning, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, construction development, public works and code enforcement departments. In 2016, the tribes began a climate change adaptation planning effort to identify...

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Tribal Members Stay Healthy with Traditional Food and Medicine

Tulalip tribal members learned how traditional plants can keep them healthy through the winter, and took home some healing tea and honey from a class offered by the Diabetes Prevention and Care Program in November. Participants also prepared a cedar steam by cutting boughs into a bowl, covering with hot water, and breathing under a towel. Cedar repels bacteria and viruses, while stimulating white blood cells and promoting immune function. The steam relieves congestion. The class was part of a series taught by traditional foods educators Elise Krohn and Elizabeth Campbell, in collaboration with Lower Elwha Klallam storyteller Roger...

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Harmful Algal Bloom closes Port Susan to shellfish harvest

Port Susan closed to shellfish harvest in October because of a harmful algal bloom that was detected by the Stillaguamish Tribe’s routine plankton sampling. “Until a few days ago, Port Susan was one of the last remaining open areas in the sound,” said Franchesca Perez, Stillaguamish marine and shellfish biologist. “It is now closed due to the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning.” After the dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella was found in a sample from Kayak Point, mussels collected from the area were found to have three times the amount of toxins that could kill a person who consumed one mussel....

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Lummi Nation samples zooplankton to improve crab management

The Lummi Nation is sampling crab larvae to improve harvest management and contribute to salmon marine survival research. “Because of the reduction of other fisheries, crab is more important than ever for Lummi fishers or Lummi families depending on fishers for support,” said Evelyn Brown, Lummi fisheries analyst. “Without crab, the economic base from fishery income would take a sharp downward trend” But crab management, as with other fished species, depends on good stock assessment and population information. “Because of the critical nature of the crab resource, we need to have a better grasp on recruitment processes and what...

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Court decision ensures lasting water resource for everyone

Lummi Chairman Tim Ballew II wrote a piece in The Seattle Times about water management and the push by some to overturn the state Supreme Court decision in Whatcom County v. Hirst: Overturning Hirst would be a shortsighted fix causing lasting damage to the region, especially since the court’s ruling protects everybody’s access to water. The Hirst decision clarified that Washington’s Growth Management Act requires counties to protect ground and surface waters by ensuring there is enough water available to accommodate growth before more development is authorized. It also clarified that residential wells — which do not require a...

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