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Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options

Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Created: 5/07/2019 - Updated: 5/15/2019

Abstract

Letter of Introduction Puyallup Tribe of Indians For thousands of years, the Puyallup River and coasts of the Puget Sound have sustained our way of life by giving to us the salmon, shellfish, wild game, roots, berries, and cedar trees that are the foundation of our culture, traditions, and heritage. In spite of the many challenges we have faced, our spirits remain tied to this land, and our stewardship has ensured that the Puyallup Tribe will continue to enjoy the natural gifts we receive in exchange. But we are faced with a new challenge. Climate change is threatening the natural resources we have relied upon for centuries, as well as our health, economy, and infrastructure. For our people, climate change is no longer a “tomorrow” issue–we must address this challenge now. We must choose to act responsibly and swiftly to guarantee we are as prepared as possible to face the uncertainties of the future. This Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options report is among those actions we are taking together to help us continue our culture of resilience, perseverance, and prosperity. It is the culmination of more than a year of research, analysis, and engagement with our Tribal members and staff, as well as external partners. We have confronted hardships in the past, and it was our strong connections to the land and each other that got us through. Our best chances of success in preparing for what climate change will bring is through our collective commitment to remain steadfast. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Bill Sterud, Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman

Keywords

Scale: 
Community / Local
Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed: 
Biodiversity
Conservation / Restoration
Culture/communities
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Fisheries
Land Use Planning
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Wildlife
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Marine
Terrestrial

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