Consultation with the QIN’s cultural resources officer is required prior to ground-disturbing activities such as timber harvest on the Reservation and within the QIN areas of interest, primarily within the Chehalis watershed. Federal agencies must consult with Indian tribes that attach religious and cultural significance to historic properties, regardless of their location. The goal is to protect cultural and natural resources such as archaeological sites, traditional indigenous use sites, forests, clean air and water, fish and wildlife in addition to the habitat that all require to survive and thrive.

The QIN is working to establish a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to manage its cultural resource/archaeological responsibilities. At this time, agencies with programs within the Quinault area of interest must consult with the State Historical Preservation Office and the QIN’s acting cultural resources manager.

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