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. You can view and save a copy of the IRMP by clicking on the link below:
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.
The Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
The Tribes' forest products industry, livestock grazing, and agriculture have the potential to impact the natural and human environments of the Reservation. The DEIS analyzes the potential impacts associated with these activities.
The DEIS considers five management alternatives developed by the Tribes' IRMP Core Team. The interdisciplinary team developed these management alternatives for consideration and analysis and designated a preferred alternative that is detailed in the IRMP. The public is invited to review and comment on the DEIS. You can view and save a copy of the complete DEIS Executive Summary or the complete DEIS by clicking on the links below:
Printed versions of the DEIS are also available for review during regular business hours at the following locations:
- Omak Public Library, 30 S. Ash St., Omak, WA 98841
- Omak Senior Meal Site, 511 E. Benton St., Omak, WA 98841
- Nespelem Resource Center, 12 Lakes St., Nespelem, WA 99155
- Nespelem Senior Meal Site, 322 10th St., Nespelem, WA 99155
- Keller Resource Center, 11673 s. Hwy 21, Keller, WA 99140
- Keller Senior Meal Site, 7 Jim James Road, Keller, WA, 99140
- Inchelium Resource Center, 12 Community Center Loop, Inchelium, WA 99138
- Inchelium Senior Meal Site, 16 Shortcut Road, Inchelium, WA 99138
Public review by the Reservation community, government agencies and the public at large is required under NEPA. You are invited to submit comments by mail, email, or hand delivery to:
BIA Colville Agency Superintendent Debra Wulff
P.O. Box 111
10 Nez Perce Street, Nespelem, WA 99155-0111
Stanley Speaks, Northwest Regional Director
Bureau of Indian Affairs
911 Northeast 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 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. Responses to public comments will be prepared by the IRMP team and will be included in the final EIS.
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 and and saved by clicking the link below:
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 by clicking the link below:
If you have any questions concerning the development of the IRMP and the DEIS, 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 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org