Event Title

Kukutali Preserve: co-managing the first tribal-state park in Washington

Presentation Abstract

Kukutali Preserve (Kukutali) is a unit of Deception Pass State Park and located within the Swinomish Indian Reservation near LaConner, Washington, as established by treaty in 1855. The upland area included in Kukutali was sold out of tribal ownership in 1928 and spent most of the next 82 years in private title with minimal development; as a result, Kukutali contains examples of rare, pristine habitat. Parks had long been interested in acquiring the property to preserve, and provide public recreational access to, its diverse ecosystems. SITC also had a long-standing wish to reacquire the property and restore access to its cultural and natural resources for Tribal citizens. In 2010, Parks and SITC entered into a historic co-management agreement to jointly acquire Kiket Island and an adjacent nine acre parcel on Fidalgo Island. SITC and Parks agreed to work in partnership to develop, operate, and maintain the islands and associated tidelands as a unit of Deception Pass State Park with the stipulation that the lands remain available for “limited public access consistent with protection of the resources and ecology of Kiket Island.” Parks and SITC co-own the upland portion of Kukutali, with SITC retaining sole ownership of the adjacent tidelands, and co-manage Kukutali via a board composed of three SITC representatives and three Parks representatives using consensus decision making. Kukutali is managed with two main goals: to protect the unique ecosystems and enhance the biodiversity on and around Kiket Island, and to provide the general public with an opportunity to learn about the natural ecosystems and take a part in the stewardship of these lands. A conservation management and restoration plan, developed by SITC and approved by the management board, provides guidance in this effort. Maintenance and operational costs are shared equally by the co-owners.

Session Title

Panel: Towards Resilience Through a Socio-Ecological Paradigm

Conference Track

SSE8: Policy, Management, and Regulations

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE8-420

Start Date

4-4-2018 3:30 PM

End Date

4-4-2018 3:00 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

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Kukutali Preserve: co-managing the first tribal-state park in Washington

Kukutali Preserve (Kukutali) is a unit of Deception Pass State Park and located within the Swinomish Indian Reservation near LaConner, Washington, as established by treaty in 1855. The upland area included in Kukutali was sold out of tribal ownership in 1928 and spent most of the next 82 years in private title with minimal development; as a result, Kukutali contains examples of rare, pristine habitat. Parks had long been interested in acquiring the property to preserve, and provide public recreational access to, its diverse ecosystems. SITC also had a long-standing wish to reacquire the property and restore access to its cultural and natural resources for Tribal citizens. In 2010, Parks and SITC entered into a historic co-management agreement to jointly acquire Kiket Island and an adjacent nine acre parcel on Fidalgo Island. SITC and Parks agreed to work in partnership to develop, operate, and maintain the islands and associated tidelands as a unit of Deception Pass State Park with the stipulation that the lands remain available for “limited public access consistent with protection of the resources and ecology of Kiket Island.” Parks and SITC co-own the upland portion of Kukutali, with SITC retaining sole ownership of the adjacent tidelands, and co-manage Kukutali via a board composed of three SITC representatives and three Parks representatives using consensus decision making. Kukutali is managed with two main goals: to protect the unique ecosystems and enhance the biodiversity on and around Kiket Island, and to provide the general public with an opportunity to learn about the natural ecosystems and take a part in the stewardship of these lands. A conservation management and restoration plan, developed by SITC and approved by the management board, provides guidance in this effort. Maintenance and operational costs are shared equally by the co-owners.