Quinault Wildlife Protection Program
The Quinault Wildlife Protection Program is committed to meeting the ongoing challenges of establishing a sustainable ecosystem and wildlife populations on the Quinault Indian Nation particularly in this time of climate change, preserving cultural resources, protecting treaty resources, meeting the human needs of the tribe, and promoting tribal capacity building through education in natural resource management.
Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, cougars and black bears are native to the Quinault region and remain culturally important to the native people of the Olympic Peninsula. Seals, sea lions and otters are among the species also found on the coast. Records, photographs and oral histories indicate that these species have been respected and harvested sustainably for centuries for food, clothing, tools, medicines and spiritual uses.
More than 200 species of birds live on Quinault Indian Nation lands either year-round or seasonally. Half are water birds found near the ocean or along streams. Eagles receive special protection as do endangered marbled murrelets and northern spotted owls. Ravens hold a special place in the cultures of all Northwestern tribes.
Quinault Wildlife Protection History
While many coastal tribes on the Olympic Peninsula concentrated on marine and river resources, the Quinault in particular were known to be skilled hunters of larger mammals inland and upland. Today these animals continue to provide a lean source of protein for tribal members as well as opportunities for inter-generational teaching about cultural history, traditional worldviews, hunting and food preparation.
Old growth forests and other wildlands are the heart of the Quinault Indian Nation. Healthy watersheds, mature forests and grasslands go hand in hand with healthy, prosperous communities and abundant wildlife. Intact and functional habitat is vital for wildlife and the Quinault Wildlife Protection Program believes that our diverse animal species that make our lands rich and vibrant are signs of thriving healthy forests, watersheds and rivers.
Environmental Protection Manager, Daniel Ravenel » 360.276.8215 x7301
Habitat Management Scientist, Bill Armstrong » 360.276.8215 x240
Wildlife Section Manager, Kristen Phillips » 360.276.8215 x7321
Wildlife Biologist, Andrew Annanie » 360.276.8215 x7323
Wildlife Biologist, Deidre Hayward » 360.276.8215 x7322
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