The Tule River Reservation is approximately 85 square miles of oak woodlands, conifer forest and nearly the entire watershed of the South Fork Tule River. Most of the land on the reservation is undeveloped and the Tribal community has always enjoyed the serene quality of natural rivers, enormous mountain ranges, and variety of wildlife and vegetation types that are abundant.
The Environmental Department encompasses the following programs and initiatives:
Water Quality management program
Water quality sampling and analysis along the South Fork Tule River watershed is conducted annually, with a focus on the community area to monitor for swimming safety. Watershed restoration and enhancement activities are conducted to enhance and preserve the water quality and river health. These projects include riparian restoration, spring development (for livestock diversion from streams), road and drainage stabilization to reduce sedimentation and bacteria runoff, and hazardous and solid waste removal from riparian areas.
Solid Waste Disposal and Waste Reduction program
At the community solid waste transfer station we promote waste reduction with the recycling of glass, plastic, cardboard, office paper and newspaper. We promote proper waste disposal of various hazardous waste items that should not be deposited into landfills. The Tribal community plays an active role in recycling as we provide amenities for waste reduction at community events, gatherings and various government offices.
Archaeological Resource Protection program
We work consistently with Tribal management and outside agencies in a combined effort to protect and preserve Traditional Yokuts archaeological resources on and off of the Reservation.
Geographic Information Systems
GIS digital mapping and data analysis has been a useful tool for Resource management, including forest management, archaeological protection, fire and fuels management and watershed management. It is also used for community planning, development and emergency response activities.
Outreach and education
Getting involved with our community is an important aspect of the Environmental Department. We communicate through our program newsletters and have hosted events such as River Clean up, Roadside Clean up, Youth Environmental Campout and support the Tribal Youth Council’s recycling initiative.
The Environmental Department is supported largely by funds through Federal and State agencies such as, the Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy