Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options

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

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William Golding


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


Puyallup Tribe of Indians. 2016. Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options. A collaboration of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Cascadia Consulting Group.