Wildlife Projects

Read about current and past projects the Wildlife department is involved with.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe Wildlife Division is dedicated to the restoration, conservation, and protection of our diverse resources and ecosystems. Utilizing a blend of strategic property acquisitions and innovative restoration initiatives, we strive to mitigate terrestrial and aquatic habitat losses, and foster the recovery of native species populations. The Division works collaboratively to develop effective wildlife restoration and management plans. We also actively engage in research and data collection to track the ecological trends that inform our efforts. The breadth of work here underscores a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, a core principle of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe that benefits us all by ensuring the natural world we’ve enjoyed in the past continues for generations to come.

Bonneville Power Administration – Albeni Falls Mitigation Efforts

Albeni Falls Dam is located on the Pend Oreille River between Oldtown, Idaho and Priest River Idaho. Completed in 1955 it produces over 200 million kilowatt hours of electricity. The very nature of how dams are constructed and operated results in massive impacts to aquatic and terrestrial environments. Read about the steps taken in an attempt to partially mitigate these impacts.

Albani Falls Mitigation Efforts (link soon)

Bonneville Power Administration – Hangman Creek Restoration Project

Hangman Creek (Latah Creek) is a large stream flowing out of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation into the Spokane River. Construction of dams within the Columbia River Federal Hydropower System resulted in losses of anadromous fish resources to this watershed. Habitat within this watershed has also been heavily impacted by land management practices. Read about Hangman Creek restoration and efforts to improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Hangman Creek Restoration Project (link soon)

Avista Habitat Restoration

Several Avista Corporation facilities are currently operated along the Spokane River in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho under the Spokane River Project License. Avista and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe collaborate to develop and implement the restoration of wetland and riparian habitat throughout the region. Read about efforts to offset losses of regional wetland habitats.

Avista Habitat Restoration (link soon)

Forest Carnivore Research

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has been conducting monitoring and research of rare forest carnivores throughout their Aboriginal Territory for many years. These secretive species are often poorly understood and distribution and abundance data is lacking. Read about efforts to learn more about these forest dwelling species.

Forest Carnivore Research