Seattle (May 27, 2008) Jim Woods, Makah tribal member and sustainable resources manager, is the newly-appointed senior adviser for tribal policy for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) region 10, headquartered in Seattle. He will serve as a policy liaison between Pacific Northwest tribes, Alaska Native villages and EPA on tribal environmental issues.
“I look forward to improving the effectiveness of government-to-government consultation between EPA Region 10 and tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska,” said Woods. “It is my hope that we will be able to strike a good balance between treaty guaranteed rights, sustainable resources and overall environmental protection throughout the Northwest and Alaska.”
“Mr. Woods brings to Region 10 a wealth of tribal and environmental experience. He will enhance our collaboration and partnership with tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska to protect the natural resources on which they depend,” said Elin Miller, EPA Regional Administrator.
Since 2004, Woods has been the coordinator of the tribe’s sustainable resources division within the Makah Fisheries Management Department. His duties included heading the tribe’s environmental protection programs as well as management of freshwater and marine ecosystems on and adjacent the Makah reservation.
Woods is a member of EPA’s Regional Tribal Operations Committee and has been nationally recognized by EPA in the field of air toxins. He was appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. Woods also serves as chair of both the National Tribal Air Association and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Intergovernmental Policy Council and is a member of the Ozette Sockeye Salmon Recovery Steering Committee.
“The appointment of Jim Woods speaks volumes about the expertise and capacity found within the ranks of our tribal staff,” said Micah McCarty, chairman of the Makah tribal council. “We’re proactive in this trust relationship and we look forward to continuing a meaningful and productive relationship with EPA.”
The job involves an intergovernmental agreement between the Makah Tribe and EPA that loans Woods to the agency for two years, with an additional two-year renewal option.
“I’m looking forward to opening new doors between EPA and tribes on a variety of issues,” said Woods. “They have redeveloped this position to be more policy-oriented and that will allow me to concentrate on improving these relationships.”
“The Makah Tribe is especially interested in improving the paradigm of protection from oil spills,” said McCarty. “We’ve been successful in making improvements in this area, but there is more to do.”
For more information about the Makah Tribe and other treaty Indian Tribe natural resource management activities, visit: http://www.makah.com . For more information on EPA’s Tribal Programs in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/tribal.NSF
For additional information, contact: Jim Woods, EPA Senior Tribal Policy Adviser, (360) 640-1806 or (206) 553-1234; Micah McCarty, Makah tribal chairman, (360)645-3230; Suzanne Skadowski, U.S. EPA Region 10 Community Involvement & Public Information (206) 553-6689; Debbie Preston, coastal information officer, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commisson, (360) 374-5501, firstname.lastname@example.org