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.


The Karuk Tribe's Department of Natural Resources (Department) was established in 1989 as a fisheries department with a congressional appropriation of $150,000. Over the past three decades, the Department has grown to staff nearly 70 employees managing 85 project budgets related to 9 integrated program areas. These programs are housed within three primary departmental branches: Eco-Cultural Revitalization, Watersheds and Administrative Operations


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