Thanks to the Yurok Tribe, condors will return to the Pacific Northwest

When the tribe first stated their desire to bring the condor back to northern California, “people thought we were crazy,” Gates said. It took years of research, relationship building, and careful planning to get the official go-ahead from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to establish a new population of condors that might fly as far north as Oregon. The USFWS backed the project in March of this year. “I’m really excited to be a tribal member helping to lead this tribal endeavor, because honestly tribes don’t get to do this sort of thing as often as I’d like,” said Tiana Williams-Claussen, who is the director of the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department and has played an integral role in the reintroduction effort. The Yurok’s full ability to care for their land was taken away when they were forced onto a reservation, she said. “This is an example of a way that tribes are taking that authority and that power back.”

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