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The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Environmental Programs Department is foremost: “a servant for community protection and environmental health.”
The Department manages the Tribe’s far-reaching commitments to environmental and cultural stewardship. From best practices in recycling to cultural preservation and community relations, the department is responsible for maintaining the Tribe’s longstanding values with targeted actions.
In existence since 1997, the Department’s accomplishments include: significant on-reservation environmental quality and infrastructure improvements, critical cultural preservation projects, and thriving Humboldt County-area environmental and cultural initiatives which benefit the entire community.
Following the Department’s recommendations the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe has enacted over eight sets of environmental protection laws. These Ordinances provide the expectations and the legal framework for the Tribe’s adherence to sustainable, environmentally beneficial actions and procedures.
Further, due to the professionalism and integrity of the many programs under the Tribe’s management, this Department has become a premier national resource for environmental and cultural data, which in turn helps shape intelligent policy on a local, regional and national scale. The Department regularly partners with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and many other agencies charged with long-range stewardship of natural and cultural resources.
The Blue Lake Rancheria’s responsibility to protect the land does not stop at the boundaries of the Rancheria. The ancestors of Tribal Membership ranged all across the spectacular landscape of Northern California. Further, they had a relationship with the land that was immediate, personal, and binding – and that relationship continues through their descendants. Respect and stewardship of the environment is a powerful tenet of the Tribe’s philosophy and operations today.
The Blue Lake Rancheria seeks to engage in partnerships with other organizations to achieve long-term systemic change in environmental protection. The following are examples of organizations the Tribe has supported, contributed to and/or partnered with for a clean and healthy environment.
- Blue Lake Parks and Recreation Department
- Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
- CalTrans Adopt A Highway Program and Wildflower Restoration Project
- City of Blue Lake
- City of Eureka Recreation
- Friends of the Mad River Fish Hatchery
- Humboldt County Public Roads
- Humboldt State University
- Northern California Champion Community Partners
- Private Industry Council of Humboldt County
- State of California
- State of California Mad River Fish Hatchery
- Strategic Partnership Coalition of Coastal Governments
- United States Department of Commerce
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- Vector Rehabilitation & Vector Health Programs
The Environmental Programs division of the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is passionate about maintaining the leading edge in environmental stewardship through education and action.
As a result of focused relationship building and training, the Tribe is connected to federal, state, local and other tribal agencies for the latest education/information, meetings, and planning strategy. Together these groups form a network of connected and concerned environmental professionals.
The Tribe also manages a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency GAP Grant stipulated for environmental infrastructure development. The Tribe uses this funding to create mutually-beneficial environmental improvements and programs.