Yakama Nation to Receive "National Rise to the Future Award"

US Forest Service Tribal Accomplishment Award

Yakama Nation To Receive Award in Washington, DC June 11, 2019

The Yakama Nation is a 2018 recipient of the tribal accomplishment award entitled "National Rise to the Future Award" scheduled to be awarded on June 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. This award is for excellence and leadership in the fisheries, hydrology, soil science and air programs. Brandon Rogers and Hans Smith from Yakama Nation Fisheries Program working in the Methow Valley, Entiat, and Wenatchee Ranger Districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will be recognized June 11 with the Tribal Accomplishment Award. Since 1983, the Yakama Nation Fisheries has been working "to honor, protect and restore NcH'i-Wa' na (the Columbia River), its tributaries, and its resources for the benefit of current and future generations of the Yakama people. Baseline data collection, large wood habitat, stream, riparian and floodplain restoration, side channel construction and aquatic organism passage projects have been completed by the Yakama Nation Upper Columbia Habitat Restoration Project (UCHRP) in close collaboration with Forest Service staff on the Methow Valley, Entiat, and Wenatchee Ranger Districts. This group, currently led by Brandon Rogers and Hans Smith, have used both traditional ecological knowledge and scientific research to complete stream habitat restoration projects with the focus on restoration of steelhead and spring Chinook salmon. On USFS land in the last five years alone, the Yakama Nation UCHRP has helped the agency restore over 10 miles of stream habitat and over 25 acres of riparian habitat.