Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program
The Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program (YTWP) was established in 2008 with the primary objective of determining if Yurok Ancestral Territory and surrounding lands provided suitable habitat for a reintroduced population of the endangered California condor. The program has broadened and now includes many other projects related to wildlife conservation, Endangered Species Act compliance, ecosystem management, hunter education, and community outreach. YTWP continues to evolve and expand, as it incorporates new and exciting conservation endeavors in response to increased capacity, advances in technology and analytics, and additional needs of the Tribe and Tribal lands.
The work of YTWP is part of the Tribe’s holistic approach for stewardship of all natural resources within Yurok Ancestral Territory. The Tribe’s relationship to the land and its many ecological components is rooted in the belief that humans are not outside of the natural world looking in, but rather a part of the ecosystem. The Tribe’s commitment to improving the relationship between humans and the natural world is exemplified in the Yurok Constitution, which mandates the Tribe to “restore, enhance and manage . . . natural resources” in Yurok Ancestral Territory.
YTWP focuses on conservation and restoration of ecological systems, while considering the effects of past, present, and future human activity. By working to improve these systems and restore balance in the natural world, we benefit and honor the amazing variety and complexity of life that currently exists, and contribute to its protection for enjoyment and use by future generations.
We invite everyone to join us in appreciation of the incredible biodiversity and natural wonders that surround us, accept our role as responsible stewards, and realize the power that every individual has to enact positive change for humans, wildlife, and our shared planet.
Wildlife Program Staff
Hunters as Stewards
Contribute to California Condor Recovery
Your generous contribution supports the Yurok Condor Recovery Program in their mission to reestablish this magnificent and culturally important species to northern California.