Pairing Tribal knowledge with modern management, the Yakama Nation and Yakama Forest Products produce model forest ecosystems.
Projects and Collaborative Efforts
Under the Tribal Forest Protection Act (TFPA) of 2004, tribes are uniquely positioned to helping the United States fulfill its trust responsibilities by promoting resource management on public lands in collaboration with federal agencies. In pairing tribal knowledge with modern management, the Yakama Nation and Yakama Forest Products have produced real accomplishments and model forest ecosystem programs of excellence.
Dry Stewardship Project Restoration, a “Win-Win” Strategy
In 2016, under the TFPA the Yakama Nation and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest entered a stewardship agreement to restore 548 acres of national forest lands in the Dry Creek drainage. The project included road surface repair, road decommissioning, cattle guard removal and commercial thinning of overstocked stands to provide additional restoration treatments. The tribe benefits by utilizing and processing the logs at Yakama Forest Products, thus supporting the local economy.
The Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative
In the Central Washington Cascades, five major land managers—the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and the Yakama Nation—signed an agreement in 2007 to form the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative (www.tapash.org), to coordinate, fund and implement active restoration projects to achieve landscape restoration goals.