Environmental Protection

The Quinault Department of Environmental Protection (EP) has broad responsibilities related to environmental issues within the Quinault Reservation

Mission

Maintain the QIN and its Reservation as a social, cultural, political, and economic unit for the continuing benefit and prosperity of the members of QIN. We are to protect the natural resources of the Reservation and its Usual & Accustomed (U&A) area through the administration of the QIN’s natural resource laws and regulations.

The Quinault Department of Environmental Protection (EP) has broad responsibilities related to environmental issues within the Quinault Reservation and within the Quinault Usual and Accustomed (U & A) hunting and fishing area. The EP oversees implementation of Title 61 (Natural Resources Management Act) within the Quinault Reservation and issues permits for work in or near water and for forest management activities such as cedar salvage. EP provides technical expertise on wildlife, fish habitat, water and air quality and invasive species.

EP has seven sections:

  • Timber/Fish/Wildlife – To protect habitat for treaty-reserved fish and wildlife within the Quinault U & A through co-management with Washington State and Federal land managers.
  • Cultural Resources – To protect Quinault cultural resources within the Quinault area of interest through co-management with Washington State and with landowners.
  • Forest Practices – To ensure that forestry operations comply with the QIN Natural Resource Management Act (Title 61) and applicable rules and regulations.
  • Wildlife – To manage the wildlife resources on the Quinault Reservation and within the QIN hunting areas in a manner that best serves the needs of the Quinault Indian Nation.
  • Air Quality – To maintain clean air to provide a healthful environment for the people of the Quinault Reservation.
  • Water Quality – To maintain cool, clean water for fish, wildlife and human uses.
  • Invasive Species – To prevent the introduction of and work on eradication of invasive non-native species to the Quinault Reservation and within the Quinault U & A.

Environmental Protection Manager