By Cornelia de Bruin, Triplicate
The Yurok tribe will receive $98,263 to
pay for a stream bank and riparian
restoration project along Lower Terwer
The money is part of $1.68 million in U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service funds being
released for habitat improvement projects
along reservations' wildlife corridor
"We have had the program for years, but it
used to be run out of our Portland, Ore.
office," Tribal Grant Programs Coordinator
Don Straight said. "We try to help the
tribes accomplish some of their goals –
goals that fall into the Fish and Wildlife
department's field of interest."
The Yuroks plan to restore habitat and
plant varieties and to stabilize Lower
Terwer Creek's channel by using willow
baffles and mattresses to correct silty
water, install tree planting islands, and
plant native trees on about 35 acres of
flood prone surfaces.
The project will use other plantings to
stabilize about 3,250 feet of eroding
The plants used are grown at a native tree
nursery at the tribal office that also
receives operational funds through the
In addition, the project will use
plantings to reclaim about 15 acres of
abandoned cattle pastures that adjoin the
Yurok tribal members and employees will
learn how to stabilize and restore, and
glean heavy equipment skills via hands-on
work, Straight said.
As the project progresses, the tribe will
work with private landowners downstream in
the hope of persuading them to take part
in similar efforts.
The project will benefit Chinook and coho
salmon – both federal- and state-listed
threatened species – steelhead trout,
sea-run cutthroat trout and Pacific
lamprey, along with migratory songbirds.
The tribe is partnering with Green Diamond
Resource Company as well as the state
Department of Fish and Game in this
Tribes' portions of the funding package
include allocations to eight California
and Nevada tribes. A total of 15 projects
submitted to Fish and Wildlife in
Sacramento were ranked to determine which
would receive funding.
They were scored by a committee that
included reps of Fish and Wildlife and the
Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Dan Gale, senior fisheries biologist for
the Yurok tribe, submitted the Terwer