What We Do

Sustainable management of our natural resources

WHAT WE DO

The Quinault Division of Natural Resources (QDNR) manages the natural resources on the Reservation and within the Quinault Indian Nation's Usual and Accustomed Area. Timber harvest and fishing are managed for sustainable production and are balanced with the needs of fish, wildlife and other living beings to leave a long-term legacy for future generations. Cultural resources such as "the canoe stand" – an area of exceptionally large old-growth cedar trees that is maintained for future canoe-builders – are respected.

QDNR projects are diverse and numerous. They include:
* Restoring the Upper Quinault River to increase populations of the iconic blueback (sockeye) salmon.
* Breeding highly productive, pathogen-resistant genetic strains of Douglas-fir for improved timber production.
* Monitoring near-shore ocean temperatures and pH to determine climate change effects on Quinault black cod, halibut and Dungeness crab fisheries.
* Overseeing timber harvest on Reservation Trust properties – about 35 million board feet annually.
* Controlling invasive knotweed to improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality.
* Fielding a well-trained wildfire team to respond to wildfires on the Reservation and throughout the West.
* Monitoring shellfish populations and ocean water quality to allow for subsistence and commercial razor clam digging.
* Tracking elk, deer, cougar, bear and bald eagle populations on the Reservation.
* Replanting thousands of acres per year of forests of hemlock, Douglas-fir, cedar and alder.
* Collaborating with local, state, federal and non-profit partners.
* Developing land appraisal software and a land acquisition strategy for the highly fractionated Reservation.

About one-third of the Reservation is owned solely by the Quinault Indian Nation. Slightly more than half of the land isowned in Trust status by individuals and families of a number of different tribes. The remaining lands (less than 15%) are owned “in fee” bynon-Indians and timber companies. Fractionated land ownership makes long-term management planning complex and administratively burdensome. As it is able, the Nation is attempting to consolidate its holdings by purchasing trust and fee lands in environmentally sensitive areas and areas well suited for timber investment, economic development and community expansion.

QDNR is committed to involving tribal youth in managing the abundant natural resources on the Reservation. The Division hosts Tribal Lands Day in the fall, gives presentations at the schools, and provides learning opportunities in the summer. Establishing an Outdoor School for local youth is a near-term goal. Success will be measured in the number of youth who pursue careers in natural resources and assume jobs at QDNR in the future.