Natural Resources

  • Natural Resources Team
  • Culture
  • GIS
  • Grants
  • Forest Management Program
  • Water and Environmental Resources Program
  • Wildlife
  • Tribal Gardens

Mission and Vision

The Mission

The Natural Resources Department’s mission is to: Protect and enhance Tribal lands, natural resources on these lands, and the Tribe’s aboriginal and cultural heritage, ensuring that all natural and cultural resources are managed in a sustainable, well balanced manner that reflects the ecological, cultural, and economic priorities of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The Vision

  1. The Tribe’s Natural, Historic, Cultural, Environmental and Economic Resources Will Be:
    1. Better and more robust tomorrow than they are today.
    2. Abundant, diverse, clean, well-managed, and protected.
    3. Available for everyone to use and enjoy.
  2. The Tribal Membership Should:
    1. Appreciate the importance of sustaining and enhancing the Tribe’s natural, historic, cultural, environmental and economic resources.
    2. Take an active role in the work of the department.
    3. See the department as responsive and responsible working to protect and conserve the Tribe’s natural, historic and cultural resources and maintain a strong economy.
  3. The Natural Resources Department Will Be Widely Recognized as a Department That:
    1. Listens carefully and responds to the opinions of the Tribal Board to provide a balance of all factors.
    2. Makes wise decisions for the common good of the Tribal membership.
    3. Uses its resources and spends funds wisely.
    4. Enforces Tribal, and when applicable state, and federal laws fairly and vigorously.
    5. Responds to potential impacts on Natural and Cultural Resources from activities on adjacent State, Federal, and Private lands.
    6. Manages the Tribe’s natural resources for the benefit of Tribal members, fish, game and non-game wildlife, and the economic well-being of present and future generations.
    7. Ever strives to improve the environment in which present and future Tribal members live, work and recreate.
    8. Earns the trust and respect of the Tribal membership through its decisions and actions.
    9. Understands the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilizes sound environmental practices.
    10. Holds as one of its core values a respect for sustainable practices and strikes a reasonable balance between social, economic, and environmental impacts.

Department of Natural Resources, Background, and Summary Information

The Tribe’s role as stewards of the land is deeply ingrained within the culture and traditions of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and is not restricted to only those lands under their direct ownership. The Tribe is culturally obligated to engage and assist in the environmental protection of its ancestral lands and the preservation of cultural sites throughout their ancestral territory. For this reason, the Tribal Board of Directors authorized the formation of a Tribal Natural Resource Department in 2004.

The Natural Resources Department is dedicated to the understanding, effective management, and sustainable use of the Tribe’s renewable natural resources. The Department’s disciplinary focus is broad in scope, ranging from individual organisms to landscapes, from natural to managed ecosystems, from wilderness to agricultural and urban systems, from local to national environments, and from resource preservation to utilization.

Understanding and then effectively and efficiently managing the Tribe’s natural and cultural resources requires long-term vision, creative thinking, and proactive and multidisciplinary approaches.  All these involve department personnel working with people from other diverse disciplines across Tribal programs and departments. Additionally, it necessitates working with federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Since 2004, the Natural Resources Department has expanded its capacity, capability, and focus. The Natural Resources Department is divided into five programmatic disciplines (Cultural Program, Water and Environmental Resources Program, Land and Wildlife Resources Program, GIS Program, and the Tribal Garden Program).

For more information, contact Jason Robison, Director of Natural Resources at 541.677.5575.

To see a report of the Natural Resources Department’s success, click here.