Habitat, Research & Monitoring

Forestry

Forest panorama

Forest Practices in Usual and Accustomed Areas

The Forest and Fish Report was issued as a result of collaboration efforts between tribes, forest landowners, local governments, environmental groups, and other stakeholders for the development and implementation of rules, statutes and programs designed for Forest Practice Management. The Forest and Fish Report has four goals:

  • Provide compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act for aquatic and riparian-dependent species on state and private forestlands
  • Restore and maintain riparian habitat to support a harvestable supply of fish
  • Meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act for water quality
  • Keep the Washington timber industry economically viable

The success of the Forest and Fish Report relies on cooperative decision-making. Tribal participation through the Adaptive Management Program is a critical component of implementing the Forest and Fish Report.

Tribal biologists provide cultural and scientific background that addresses tribal concern regarding forest practice management impacting local watersheds.

Links
Washington State Forest and Fish Report (PDF)
Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Forest Practice Rules

On-Reservation Forest Management

On-reservation forest management goals include providing timber revenue for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe as well as sustainable timber harvest opportunities for tribal members and to ensure viable habitat for fish and wildlife on tribal lands and waters.

Links
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe – Law and Order Code: Title 12 Wood Resources (PDF)

    Firewood Harvest Best Practices

    Wood cutting

  • Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal members, or their Designated Wood Harvester, MUST have a Wood Cutting Permit in order to harvest any wood.
  • Wood Cutting Permits must be visible when harvesting wood.
  • Take ONLY MARKED TREES in DESIGNATED WOOD CUTTING AREAS.
  • A Wood Hauling Permit is required for any wood that is transported off of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Reservation.
  • Avoid rutting/compacting the soil around the bases of unmarked trees.
  • Don’t damage bark on unmarked trees.
  • Remove any garbage from where you harvest (pack it in, pack it out).
  • Carry a fire extinguisher or water packs during dry weather.

During especially dry times, firewood areas may be closed due to increased fire risk.

Any questions that refer to trees in residential areas on the Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation please contact the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Housing Authority at (360)297-6346.

Any questions that refer to trees along Little Boston Road (Kitsap County) on Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation please contact the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s Utilities Department at (360)297-6210.