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Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

On June 16, 2023, the Fish and Wildlife Commission approved an agreement with the Confedered Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians during a meeting in Newport. The agreement will advance the government-to-government relationships between the State of Oregon and the Tribe, enhance tribal sovereignty and give the Tribe a stronger voice in protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, and their habitats. The history and culture of the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon closely aligns with ODFW's mission to protect fish, wildlife and their habitats.



Highlights from the 2023 ODFW and Tribal Partnership Annual Report

  • In June 2023, ODFW and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a cooperative partnership to collaborate, share resources, and work as partners to develop and implement plans to protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitat. The MOA also established a framework for CTCLUSI members to participate in subsistence and ceremonial harvest of fish and wildlife resources, to be licensed and managed by tribal government in partnership with ODFW. 
  • ODFW and the CTCLUSI are currently coordinating to develop a subsistence and ceremonial hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering plan consistent with the previously mentioned MOA.
  • ODFW worked with the CTCLUSI and other partners to monitor the migration behavior and habitat use of radio-tagged adult Pacific lamprey in the Eel Creek Basin.
  • ODFW provided approximately 73 adult (1,095 pounds) of spring Chinook to the CTCLUSI from Cole Rivers Hatchery.
  • ODFW participated in planning and development meetings with CTCLUSI and the Siuslaw Watershed Council to develop an OWEB FIP grant application to implement a Strategic Action Plan for restoration of high- priority habitat improvement projects for Coho Salmon in the Siuslaw watershed.
  • ODFW and CTCLUSI are two of 15+ partners of the Coos Basin Coho Partnership which was awarded an OWEB FIP grant for implementation of the Coho Strategic Action Plan high-priority habitat restoration projects for coho salmon in the Coos watershed over the next three biennia.
  • ODFW continues to coordinate with the CTCLUSI to distribute a variety of harvested wildlife species to many of the Tribal members.
  • Roosevelt elk antlers from Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area were provided to the Tribe for craft and ceremonial use.

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