Mail: qdnr@quinault.org   Phone: 1-360-276-8211 x7001

Wetlands

Quinault Wetlands Program Mission

To manage, preserve, protect, and enhance wetlands and their associated ecological and cultural functions on the Quinault Indian Reservation and within the Quinault Usual and Accustomed Area for the benefit of the Quinault Indian Nation now and for generations to come.

Quinault Wetlands ProgramQuinault Wetlands Development History

The Quinault Wetlands Program development began in 2013 with Wetland Program Development Grant (WPDG) funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The EPA funding made it possible for the development and adoption of the first Quinault Wetlands Program Plan that was approved in January 2016.  Subsequent WPDGs received every two years since have provided program funding. 

Functions & Values of Wetlands to the QIN

  • Cultural Traditional uses, including not limited to ceremonial location, plant gathering for food, medicine, baskets and clothes
  • Shoreline stabilization,
  • Flood flow alteration,
  • Water Quality Improvement,
  • Groundwater recharge/discharge,
  • Nonpoint source runoff filtration,
  • Erosion control,
  • Sediment stabilization,
  • Sediment/toxic retention,
  • Nutrient removal/ transformation affecting adjacent and downstream waters
  • Providing important biological habitat, nursery areas, food and protection from predators achieving diversity and abundance including not limited to aquatic life and wildlife, (Elk, Bear, Cougar, Salmon, Amphibians and Avian) Achieving diversity and abundance,
  • Education
  • Recreation

Significant highlights from the EPA funding received include the following:

  • The largest wetland restoration project to date conducted in 2016 designed as a controlled burn to mimic historic indigenous or traditional ecological management practices; provide a link to the Moses Prairie Burn project report included as a pdf
  • The hiring of a Wetland Specialist for each 2-year grant period;
  • The development and approval of the first Wetland Program Plan (2016-2021);
  • Adoption of Quinault Wetlands Rapid Assessment protocol that includes a cultural plant species checklist;
  • Development of the Draft December 2016 Quinault Wetlands Monitoring and Assessment Strategy;
  • Publication of the “Ethnobotany in the Land of the Quinault” authored by Douglas Deur and the knowledge-holders of the Quinault Indian Nation and highlights culturally important plants of the Quinault and their uses. For limited distribution;
  • The Quinault Wetlands Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, which quantifies wetland impacts and suggests future research needs, concerns and opportunities; provide a link to report sent as pdf
  • Creation of a modeled wetland map layer in 2017 (annotated as Contractor 1 in Figure 1.4 of the updated Quinault Wetlands Program Plan (2022- 2027) Click for: Quinault Wetlands Program Plan
  • A continuous Wetland Training Program for Quinault Nation staff;
  • Adoption of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) wetland definition into the QIN Forest Management Plan, Tribal Code Title 61 (Natural Resource Management), and Tribal Code Title 48 (Land Use and Development Code;
  • Wetland identification, data collection and field verification

Quinault Wetlands ProgramCurrent Wetland Program Projects:

  • The Quinault Wetlands Management Plan;
  • Development of Water Quality Standards for Wetlands;
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan;
  • Doris Duke Students surveying vegetation from the Moses Prairie Burn site;
  • Continuous Field Verification of Wetland Areas within the Quinault Nation;
  • Interpretive Wetland Trails – To the betterment of Mental and Physical Health;

Future endeavors:

A representative sample of wetlands will be selected for sampling in the six major watersheds of the Reservation.  These wetlands will be “Reference Wetlands” or wetlands that have the highest functional value based on vegetation composition, degree of disturbance, and cultural value to the Tribe.

Resources

Quinault Environmental Protection Department

Quinault Wetlands Program Plan 2022-2027

Moses Prairie Project Final Report

Quinault Wetland Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Wetlands Month – May (EPA)  https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/may-american-wetlands-month

Wetland Education https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetlands-education-students-and-teachers

Wetland protection/restoration   https://www.epa.gov/wetlands

WDOE isolated wetlands   https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Wetlands/Regulations/Isolated-wetlands

Wikipedia page on wetlands https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetlands_of_the_United_States

Education of Wetlands Project WET   https://www.projectwet.org/teach-and-learn

Wetlands International News and Insights https://www.wetlands.org/publications/

National Association of Wetland Managers https://www.nawm.org/

Wildlife Society Wetlands Working Group https://wildlife.org/wwg/

Pacific Northwest Tribal Wetlands Working Group https://pnwtwig.wordpress.com/