Welcome to the Wildlife Program
The Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program (YTWP) was launched in 2008 with the primary purpose of determining whether Yurok Ancestral Territory and surrounding lands were suitable for reintroducing the critically endangered California condor. The progrm has since grown to include several other related and unrelated projects to protect and manage wildlife ranging from frogs to deer and including contaminant assessments, Endangered Species Act compliance, population monitoring, game management, and education and outreach. It continues to expand into new and exciting endeavors in response to increased capacity, new technologies and analytic methods, and additional needs of the Tribe.
The work of the YTWP is part of the Tribe’s holistic ecosystem approach for stewardship of all natural resources within Yurok ancestral territory. The Tribe’s relationship to the land and nature is rooted in its awareness that we are not outside the natural world looking in but rather are a part of that world. The Tribe’s commitment to improving the human relationship with the world is exemplified in the Yurok Constitution, which mandates the Tribe to “restore, enhance and manage . . . natural resources” in Yurok Ancestral Territory.
The work of the Wildlife Program focuses on conservation and restoration of systems, taking into account the effects of past, present, and future human activity. We cannot remove ourselves from the system, but we can, with some patience and effort, find ways to advance while maintaining the balance in the natural world that has allowed life on earth to thrive and persist in the amazing variety and complexity we see today.
We invite all people sharing this planet with us to join us in our deep appreciation and respect for the natural world; acceptance of our role as responsible stewards; and realization of the power that every individual has within to make positive change for all people and wildlife and the world as a whole.