Quinault Plant Protection Project
The Quinault Plant Protection Project is in perpetual stewardship of the plants on the Quinault Indian Nation lands. Stewardship is a dynamic process requiring constant monitoring, appropriate application of scientific principles, and periodic interventions that may include restoration or enhancement.
Because there is often little scientific information for guidance for imperiled species and rare habitats, the Quinault Plant Protection Project innovates as needed for perpetual species stewardship and effective habitat restoration. Our team includes specialists in threatened species management with many areas of expertise including specific taxa, biological monitoring, prescribed burns, weed management, native plant propagation, and specific habitat restoration and stewardship.
The Quinault Plant Protection Project focuses on applied research projects, developing and applying restoration protocols, and working collaboratively with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, private landowners, and volunteers who are committed to protecting the rare ecosystem of the Quinault Indian Nation. These endeavors include prairie restoration and rare species recovery, as well as working to restore salmon habitat in the Quinault River.
Invasive vegetation, such as Scotch broom, is a major cause of prairie habitat loss. To control these invasive plants Quinault Plant Protection Project team members, partners, and volunteers use a combination of techniques in order to keep the invasive plants at bay. These methods enables us to plan and implement prescriptions for restoration that are most appropriate for each specific site and situation.
Quinault Plant Protection History
The first people of the Pacific Northwest lived a rich life from the natural resources of the land. Early descriptions from the first Europeans to enter northwest waters describe a luxurious landscape with meadows and forests filled with edible and useful plants and animals of all kinds.
The first people learned how to use these resources over thousands of years and hundreds of generations of passed on knowledge. They learned that cattail mats are warm and comfortable, perfect for their purpose as mattresses, seating and shelter. Cedar bark and roots are ideal for making strong, resilient baskets. Camas and many other edible roots grew in abundance and could be cultivated as a sustainable crop by burning to keep the forests back and careful harvesting practices. Over 4,000 native plants grew of all kinds providing necessary medicine, food and fiber.
Though the land has changed much since Europeans arrived and brought their ways to this land the native plants still persist, and understanding their uses, past and present, helps to foster stewardship of these lands. The Quinault Plant Protection Project strives to make it possible to bring these plants into daily life through medicine, foods, and materials such as basketry and carvings.
Environmental Protection Manager, Daniel Ravenel » 360.276.8215 x7301
Cultural Resources Specialist, Justine James, Jr » 360.276.8215 x7330
Additional Quinault Plant Protection Resources:
Ethnobotany Field Guide (PDF)