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Kashia Band of Pomo Indians

Kashia People (nohpho) are the first people of the Sonoma Coast and remain within their territory that lies along the Pacific Ocean from the Gualala River Watershed to Salmon Creek watershed, south of the Russian River and inland along the Russian River watershed to Guerneville.

Tribal Initiatives

The Kashia Band works to protect the Rancheria’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its residence through a cleaner environment. Monthly surveys monitor wildlife, human-use activity, and erosion. This data is used as an indicator of wildlife and ecosystem health, changes in climate, and wildlife distribution.

Marine Biotoxin & Phytoplankton Monitoring

Environmental Stewardship

This work provides localized health data to Tribal members who gather shellfish and other marine species. Samples are collected during low tides, frozen, and sent for testing of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) and domoic acid. Samples provide an early detection method for the presence of toxin-producing species.

Rocky Intertidal Monitoring & 3D Modeling

Environmental Stewardship

Collected data is used to inform marine management decisions and track changes in ecosystem health and species abundance. Tribal Intertidal Digital Ecological Surveys (TIDES) are used to image resources and create 3D habitat models that provide a visual representation of seasonal and annual community changes.

Kelp Monitoring

Environmental Stewardship

Collaborating with the Greater Farallones Association and their Kelp Restoration Program, Kashia conducts yearly kelp canopy surveys on the Kashia Coastal Reserve. GIS technology and software are used to map the area and assess species distribution and health. These efforts provide data to inform restoration and management of kelp forests along the Kashia Coastal Reserve.

Beach Watch Program

Environmental Stewardship

Obtaining long-term data on birds and marine mammals, human uses, and erosion can be used as an indicator of wildlife and ecosystem health, changes in climate, and wildlife distribution. Data is collected on bird species, marine mammals, and human-use activity on the land and the ocean. Beach profile photos are taken at various points along the survey to track landscape changes.

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The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians works to protect the natural and cultural landscape of the Tribe and its ancestral lands through the integration of Tribal knowledge and science to build respect, reciprocity and resilience. The Kashia Coastal Reserve is located along the Sonoma County coast of California.

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