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Environmental Stewardship — Preserving the Nisqually River Ecosystem for Future Generations

Environmental Stewardship — Preserving the Nisqually River Ecosystem for Future Generations

Salmon is an iconic part of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Like many locals, you probably love wild-caught salmon on your dinner table. But did you know that the fish is not always readily available?

Salmon in the Pacific Northwest is becoming a scarce resource. It needs to be managed right if we want its enjoyment to continue for future generations.

Human development and rising temperatures have had a devastating effect on Pacific Northwest’s salmon habitat. Habitat destruction and other hazards have reduced many stocks so severely that they’re listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Concerned that the salmon could eventually face extinction, the Nisqually Tribe has dedicated many years and millions of dollars to environmental efforts. A prime example is its leading role in the Nisqually Delta Restoration, a decade long project to restore the river’s estuary.

Through a multiagency effort, 22 miles of historic tidal slough have been restored, resulting in a 50 percent potential increase in tidal habitat. It’s no surprise that the Smithsonian recognized the Nisqually Tribe’s efforts — several years ago, the institution featured the tribe in a major exhibit.

In addition to environmental stewardship programs, the Nisqually people find other creative ways to be good stewards. In fact, that was the genesis behind She Nah Nam Seafood.

By receiving premium prices for their harvest from She Nah Nam, the Nisqually tribal fishers avoid overfishing the stock. It’s just one of the many ways the tribe lives its philosophy of Seventh Generation. We want to make sure our decisions today are sustainable for seven generations into the future.

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