Community & Ecosystems

Community and Ecosystems Division


The C & E Division works on issues that connect environmental and human health across a range of media and special research topics. Our Wetlands Program monitors the ecosystem conditions of wetland resources on the reservation of critical importance to fisheries habitat. Division staff have been working on Climate Change research into impacts and adaptation planning for the future. Community health research includes special studies in toxicology, pesticides, harmful algal blooms (HABs) including toxic blue green algae, shellfish monitoring and special investigations into environmental concerns and issues with potential to impact Yurok health or subsistence resources.


C & E Programs


Yurok Hydrology iconWetlandsWetlands Program
Protection and restoration of Klamath River wetlands is critical to the many fish, waterfowl, and terrestrial species that inhabitant these complex ecosystems. Understanding and documenting the current location and condition is paramount in beginning to manage wetlands for beneficial uses. YTEP Wetlands Program reports can be found here.Learn more. Photo Gallery


Yurok Water Quality icon             Air Program
Educate Tribal members on the hazards of air pollution. Represent Tribal cultural burning interests in regional policy forums. Provide information exchange on local air quality conditions and hazards. Develop Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP) for air quality. Burn Permit Applications are available through this link. Contact Joe Hostler, Environmental Specialist or Kathleen Sloan, Director.

Yurok Water Permit icon             Environmental Health
Coordinate with local stakeholders on and adjacent to the Reservation on pesticide uses affecting Tribal and other local residents. Monitor for environmental contaminants, including pesticide presence and effects in water, plant, and animal tissues. Conduct public outreach, education, and notification on isssues and conditions that may impact environmental and community health. Contact Suzanne Fluharty, Environmental Health Specialist or Kathleen Sloan, Director.


Yurok Hydrology icon              Climate Change

YTEP staff are engaged in Climate Change research, Adaptation Planning and coordination with tribal, agency and regional stakeholders to identify potential Climate Change impacts and needs to assist the Tribe in planning and preparing for Climate Change and potential impacts to Yurok lands, waters and resources. YTEP recieved an Environmental Justice grant from USEPA in 2010 to conduct community scoping, build staff technical capacit on Climate Change research and science and prepare an Initial Yurok Tribe Climate Change Prioritization Plan to identify needs and priorities for future Climate Change efforts and planning. Contact Environmental Director, Kathleen Sloan or Joe Hostler, Environmental Specialist for more information.


Brownfields ProgramBrownfields
A "brownfield" can be defined as an currently unused piece of property, where based on its past land use history, the community perceives that it contains some form of contamination rendering it unusable. Contact Kathleen Sloan, Director or Suzanne Fluharty, Environmental Health Specialist... Learn more.

Yurok Hydrology icon Environmental Education
YTEP staff engage in a variety of programs and community activities on Environmental Education. Community outreach and education materials are developed to provide information and resources on the environmental issues re: the Klamath River and the environment of the Yurok Indian Reservation. Contact Kathleen Sloan, Director.

Yurok Hydrology iconEnvironmental Research
YTEP staff are invovled in a wide range of grant funded research projects to assess and monitor environmental conditions of the Klamath River and the Yurok Indian Reservation. Past and current research include Environmental Inventory of potentially contaminants within Yurok Reservation lands through an Environmental Regulatory grant from the Adminstration for Native Americans (ANA) 2007-2010 and our current EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) research grant studying the cumulative risks and potential contamination of key subsistence aquatic resources (coast and river) including: salmon, sturgeon, lamprey, shellfish, crab, seaweed. All YTEP environmental research is based on the Community-Based Participatory Research model which includes and relies on the Tribal membership, Tribal Committtees (Natural Resources and Cultural Committees) and Tribal Council to identify research priorities, methods and integration of Traditional Knowledge. Contact Kathleen Sloan, Director

Reports & Documents

Permits & Ordinances