DelBene Statement on U.S. Forest Service and Tulalip Tribes Watershed Agreement
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington signed an agreement expanding wildlife and watershed restoration projects in northwest Washington:
“I congratulate the Tulalip Tribes and U.S. Forest Service for reaching a first of its kind agreement that will preserve and revitalize our local ecosystems. We all have an interest in being good stewards of the environment and protecting the animals that inhabit it. This agreement serves the best interest of the Tulalip Tribes, protects our local beaver population, and will help support endangered salmon.
“I hope others will use this model as an example of intergovernmental partnerships to protect our beautiful state and the wildlife that inhabits it.”
The 2018 Farm Bill allows the U.S. Forest Service to utilize the 638 authority under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 for partnering with tribes on Tribal Forest Protection Act work.