Land, Resources, and Environmental Services Department (LRES).
LRES' mission is to oversee Coquille lands, the resources on these lands and the Tribe's aboriginal and cultural heritage. LRES strives to ensure these resources are the best managed, and best protected, in the nation and done so in a sustainable, balanced manner that reflects the cultural and economic priorities of the Coquille Indian Tribe.
Mission: Oversee Coquille lands, the resources on these lands, and the Tribe's aboriginal and cultural heritage, ensuring they are the best managed, and best protected, in the nation, in a sustainable, balanced manner that reflects the cultural and economic priorities of the Coquille people.
The Coquille Indian Tribe's LRES department was formed in 2006 under the direction of the Tribe's governing body. Under this direction, LRES is charged with meeting the following goals:
Two programs operate under the LRES department:
The Forestry program manages a variety of activities related to management of Coquille forest lands including the Coquille Forest, the Tribe's 1100 acre Empire Reservation, and other lands owned by the Tribe. The Coquille Forest Act was enacted by Congress on September 30, 1996, allowing the Coquille Indian Tribe the opportunity for stewardship of a small portion of ancestral homelands. The Forest was taken into trust for the Tribe by the U.S. government on September 30, 1998. The Coquille Forest represents a reclaimed heritage. For future generations, the Forest begins a legacy of dedication to renewal of cultural traditions and self-determination. The Coquille Forest is comprised of 14 separate parcels of former BLM timberlands in eastern Coos County, totaling 5,410 acres.
The Forestry program prepares timber units for sale. This work includes working with other LRES programs to complete necessary field work and biological surveys and assuring harvest levels in these units comply the sustainable cutting level established in the Tribe's Coquille Forest Resource Management Plan.
The program also manages a variety of silvicultural projects including re-forestation of harvested timber units, pre-commercial and commercial thinning and site preparation.
Minor Forest Product permits are also managed by the Forestry program. Personal use fire-wood permits are available to Coquille Tribal Members free of charge. Fee Permits are also issued for the sale of fire-wood and are available any individual.
Biological and Environmental Services Program
The Biological and Environmental Services Program was established in September of 2007. The program combines two former LRES programs: The Fish and Wildlife Program and the Environmental Program. This reorganization assists LRES by providing more oversight for EPA funded projects and programs, and decreasing redundancy between environmental projects and fish and wildlife related projects.
Under LRES, the Biological and Environmental Services Program assists other CIT programs in the areas of fisheries and wildlife management, water quality management and environmental management. The Program works to preserve, protect and enhance Coquille Indian Tribe's natural resources including their fisheries, wildlife, water, and forest lands. Program activities and functions include watershed/habitat restoration, fish and wildlife population enhancement, environmental resource management support, cultural resource management support, government to government development, and other general biological and environmental services. The Program provides water quality management services for streams on the Tribe's Empire Reservation, streams having the potential to be affected by forest management activities and uses data to evaluate existing conditions, determine impaired waters, and evaluate the effectiveness of restoration activities.