This is Katimin, the center of our world

Where Masuhsava (Salmon River) meets Ishkeesh (the Klamath River)
The cone shaped mountain near the bottom is Auwitch (Sugar Loaf)

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance and restore the cultural/natural resources and ecological processes upon which Karuk people depend.  Natural Resources staff ensure that the integrity of natural ecosystem processes and traditional values are incorporated into resource management strategies.


          I am pleased to announce this Climate Adaptation Plan co-authored by Dr. Kari Norgaard, and William Tripp.  This effort is the culmination of multiple years of working with federal, tribal, state, NGO, and local partners in recognizing the impacts fire exclusion has had on the Karuk people, and the natural environment.  Development of a Strategic Plan chapter building on the efforts of the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership to enable large landscape collaborative management throughout Karuk Aboriginal Territory and beyond, is the next step in making this plan actionable on the ground.


Bill Tripp

Deputy Director of Eco-cultural Revitalization

Karuk Tribe, Department of Natural Resources


To view the Climate Adaptation Plan, please click the following link - Climate Adaptation Plan




The Department of Natural Resources is working with national, regional, and local partners to connect the hearts, hands, and minds of tribal and non-tribal communities to the health and abundance of resilient functional ecosystems. Partners from many communities and backgrounds that have taken part in our local collaborative efforts, have identified the need to create diversified revenue streams.  Indigenous people's such as the Karuk, have struggled for generations to hold on to who we are.  Non-tribal communities are finally recognizing the need to turn this trend around and honor the revitalization our cultural management practices.

Eco-cultural revitalization is intended to include changes in land management practices, restoring historic fire regimes, integration of adaptive management principles, intergenerational learning, development of fire adapted communities, and reincorporation of traditional knowledge, practice, and belief pathways into contemporary societal systems.

We are raising funds to start an endowment at the Humboldt Area Foundation to support our Eco-Cultural Revitalization efforts, which requires a minimum of $10,000 to initiate.  This foundation manages investments to generate revenue that will then be available to support a wide range of activities. 

We have great hopes that this endowment, with further investments, will grow to leverage other revenue sources and sustain operational and support capacities to continue these efforts for generations to come.  Though (depending on how fast it grows) this endowment may do little to support our grass roots community based efforts in the short term, it is the longevity it has the potential to provide at an intergenerational scale that is the real benefit. 

I cannot express in words or numbers how much your support could mean to the plants, animals, fish, water, and peoples of place if an endowment such as this is enabled to truly prevail.  The more that is contributed the faster it will grow and become a meaningful contribution to progressing our eco-cultural revitalization efforts.

Thank you for your time and support.



Eco-Cultural Resources Management Plan


The Department of Natural Resources Eco-Cultural Resources Management Plan (ECRMP) is intended to guide future management of natural resources within the Karuk Aboriginal Territory and beyond.  The ECRMP is an integrated resource management plan (IRMP) developed under the authority of the National Indian Forest Resources Management Act.  Though this Act limits the implementation of IRMP’s to Tribal Trust lands, the authority provided in 43 USC Chapter 35 Federal Land Policy and Management provides for the “Coordination of plans for National Forest System lands with Indian land use planning and management programs for the purposes of development and revision”. 


This should allow for coordination of the ECRMP with the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan revisions that will be occurring soon.  With this coordination we should be able to once again manage the Aboriginal Territory in a manner consistent with our cultural and natural heritage.  The Department of Natural Resources welcomes comments from the Tribal Membership and Descendants to help ensure that the final plan will provide lasting benefits for generations to come.  We will be developing the draft provided below in consideration of the comments received to provide a final draft for council review, NEPA compliance, and approvals.


Click here for a copy of the ECRMP document

     Studies and Reports

WKRP Somes Bar Integrated Fire Management Project - Cultural Resources Specialist Report

Discussion of Landscape Considerations and Traditional Storeies underlying the Archaeological - Clutural Resources Survey work for the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership.

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Evolutionary Basis of Pre-mature Migration in Salmonids New Information Leads to Petition to List Upper Klamath-Trinity spring Chinook as Endangered - Click here to download report
Effects of Dwinnell Dam Effects of Dwinnell Dam on Shasta River Salmon and Considerations for Prioritizing Recovery Actions - Click here to download
Effects Klamath Basin Good Systems Assessment - Karuk Tribe Data A survey report about access to food for Tribal people in the Klamath Basin - Click here to download
McBain Associates Lake Shastina Bybass Feasibility Report Click here to download the Feasibility Report
Effects of Dwinnel Dam on Shasta River Salmon and
Considerations for Prioritizing Recovery Actions

This document provides the Karuk Tribal Council an assessment of the effects of Dwinnell Dam on the salmon resources of the Shasta River and gives my perspectives for prioritizing possible recovery actions in the subbasin, including dam removal.

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Groundwater Conditions in Scott Valley, California

This report describes groundwater conditions in the Scott Valley ... and the development of a groundwater model
representing the alluvial aquifer that can be used to investigate groundwater/surface-water interactions. The goal of this work is to improve understanding of the relationship between land and water use on flow conditions in the Scott River.

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Summary of Report on Groundwater Conditions in Scott Valley

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Click here to download Scott Valley Pumping AnalysisTech Memo

Removal of Dwinnell Dam and
Alternatives Draft Concepts Report

Passage of salmon and steelhead to the upper Shasta River was blocked by the construction of Dwinnell Dam in 1928. Approximately 22 percent of the salmon and steelhead spawning and rearing habitat of the Shasta River was lost with the construction of the dam and reservoir ... Passage to the upper river could be restored by installing a fish ladder on the dam, trapping and hauling fish around the reservoir, dam removal, or providing a bypass route around the reservoir. These four alternatives are evaluated in this report.

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