Salmon Monitoring & Habitat Restoration
Seasonal surveys are conducted to monitor for salmon following the removal of a 100-year old defunct dam in the redwood forests in the Santa Cruz mountains. Working with partners at Sempervirens Fund and UCLA, Tribal members use environmental DNA techniques to look for salmon in the water, with the hope that these endangered salmon will once again return home.
Wetland Monitoring & Restoration
Tribal members assist monitoring and restoration efforts to improve habitat for animals that call Elkhorn Slough home. In partnership with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, projects include native Olympia oyster transplants, oyster monitoring, fish surveys, and weekend learning opportunities for the greater Tribal community.
Environmental Stewardship and Cultural Vitality
Amah Mutsun Tribal Band conducts numerous archaeological surveys at culturally-important sites along the coast, including one site that is over 7,500 years old. This research, conducted in partnership with California State Parks and UC Berkeley, is helping us restore knowledge regarding traditional coastal stewardship.
Our Tribe is restoring sacredness to the land and restoring our traditional ceremonies related to the coast.
Native Youth Stewardship Camp
Tribal Capacity Building
Summer camp reconnects Native youth (ages 10-17) to the coastal territories of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, giving kids a glimpse into the world of traditional and contemporary stewardship while building their sense of Tribal identity through activities focused on our true history, cultural re-learning, conservation, education, and fun.