Our partners provide the hands-on environmental projects that help our AmeriCorps members gain valuable field skills while restoring habitat for salmon and other wildlife, and increasing trail access for Washington communities.
Take a look at some of the projects WCC has done with Tribes over the years.
Increasing trail accessibility for Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
“Tribal elders haven’t been able to access the rock because the trail was in such poor condition,” said David Brownell, Jamestown S’Kallam Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. “Now you can push a wheelchair up the trail they worked on a week ago. What they did in terms of human impact is really going to be meaningful for the Tribe in the next 10 to 20 years.”
Through the project, members had a chance to gain trail skills and learn about the history of the land. “I’d never heard of Tamanowas Rock. It was really cool getting to go out there and learn about the history, and how culturally important it is to the Tribe,” said AmeriCorps member Torin Blaker. “Every piece of it — cultural, geological — was so interesting.”
Jefferson Land Trust and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe granted AmeriCorps members special access to the site for this trail improvement project.
Testing water qualityWith Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
Yakama Nation installing large woody debris
Oak Creek should be stocked with large woody debris stems. This will ensure that salmon have safe refuge and expand the habitat for a diverse ecosystem. It will also help to prevent erosion.
Marine debris removed from traditional Samish Indian Nation territory
Creosote chemicals, which are often used as a preservative for wood, can be toxic to people and sensitive marine plants and wildlife. Members help to survey the shoreline habitat for creosote treated material. Project locations included the San Juan Islands and Skagit County.