The Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP)
The IRMP is the Tribes’ plan for the management of natural resources on the Reservation. It provides goals and objectives that guide multiple uses of the Reservation forest, rangeland and water resources. These include tribal enterprises that generate revenue for the Tribes, habitat for fish and wildlife, and traditional cultural activities.
The new IRMP is now available for public review. Click on the image below to open the IRMP. You can save it to your computer for your convenience.
The IRMP integrates numerous underlying resource-specific plans prepared by the natural resource departments and programs. These plans provide additional details and technical information used by resource managers in the course of managing the Reservation's natural and cultural resources. These plans can be viewed and saved to your computer by clicking on the following links.
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Draft Programmatic EIS
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Tribes have prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that assesses the potential environmental impacts of the 2015 IRMP. The DEIS also considers four alternative management strategies in comparison to the preferred alternative developed in the 2015 IRMP.
The DEIS is made available here for public review and comment. Click on the image below of the DEIS to open the full document (reduced in size for online viewing). You can save a copy to your computer for your convenience. Links are also provided below for print-quality versions of the DEIS and a standalone Executive Summary.
DEIS online version (30 MB)
Executive Summary Only (5 MB)
Complete DEIS (120 MB)
Public Review and Comment of the DEIS
A Notice of Availability (NOA) will be published announcing the NEPA-required 45-day review period for the DEIS. During that time, the Tribes will notify the community and will hold public meetings to receive comments. The meeting dates and locations will also be posted on this webpage.
Written comments concerning the DEIS can be submitted locally to: Debra Wulff, Superintendent, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Colville Agency, P.O. Box 111, Nespelem, WA 99155-0111 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments can also be submitted to Stanley Speaks, Northwest Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 911 Northeast 11th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97232-4169.
Please include your name, return address, and the caption: "DEIS Comments, Colville Reservation IRMP," on the first page of your written comments. If emailing comments, please use "DEIS Comments, Colville Reservation IRMP," as the subject of your email. Please be aware that your comments and your personal identifying information may be made available during the course of public review.
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Public Scoping Meetings
Under the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Tribes held scoping meetings to determine the scope of issues to be addressed in a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the IRMP. This is a public process intended to obtain the views of the public, relevant agencies and the Tribes’ resource managers.
Public scoping meetings were held in October 2015 at community centers in Inchelium, Keller, Nespelem and Omak. The IRMP team provided a slide presentation summarizing the contents of the IRMP and solicited comments and suggestions for the Programmatic EIS from the participants.
The results of the meetings are summarized in the Scoping Meetings Report that includes the slide presentation. The document can be viewed by clicking on the image below. You can also save it to your computer for your convenience.
The 2014 Colville Reservation Community Survey
As part of the IRMP planning process, the Tribes conducted a Community Survey of tribal members, non-member residents of the Reservation and employees of the Tribes and the BIA Agency.
The survey results played an important role in developing goals and objectives for the management of the natural resources of the Reservation. The results reveal the ways that community members use natural resources such as firewood and plant gathering, hunting and fishing and recreational activities along the lakes, streams and rivers of the Reservation. The results also reveal community perceptions of the Tribes’ management of forest and range resources and the benefits that accrue to the Tribes as a whole and to the larger community, as well as the flora and fauna of the Reservation.
You can view and save a copy of the report, Results of the 2014 Colville Reservation Community Survey by clicking on the image below.
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The Resource Assessment
As part of the IRMP update, the Tribes' natural resource managers compiled a Resource Assessment of the natural resources of the Colville Reservation. This document describes the current conditions of the Reservation resources and identifies management issues and concerns. It can be viewed and saved to your computer by clicking on the image below:
If you have any questions contact:
Chasity Watt, IRMP Coordinator
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
P.O. Box 150
10 Nez Perce Street
Nespelem, WA 99155
Phone: (509) 634-2323