Nisqually Stream Stewards Resource Page

These resources are intended to provide more information about the people, plants, and animals of the Nisqually Watershed. Although it’s not an exhaustive list, we hope that it answers your questions and inspires you to become involved.

Do you have a resource that we’ve missed? Let us know! Contact or 360.438.8715.

Course Information

2017 course calendar – coming soon!

A map of the Nisqually River Watershed is available here!

Recommended Reading List

Nisqually Tribal History and Culture

  • Bohan, Heidi. The People of Cascadia: Pacific Northwest Native American History
  • Carpenter, Cecilia Svinth.
    • They Walked Before
    • The Nisqually My People
    • Fort Nisqually
    • Tears of Internment
    • Where the Waters Begin
    • Leschi, Last Chief of the Nisquallies
    • Stolen Lands
    • Image of America: Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • Lichatowich, Jim
    • Salmon Without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis
  • Wilkinson, Charles
    • Messages from Frank’s Landing
    • Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nation
  • Wonacott, Abbi. The Mashel Massacre of 1856

Treaty Fishing Rights

  • American Friends Service Committee. Uncommon Controversy: Fishing Rights of the Muckelshoot, Puyallup, and Nisqually Indians
  • Heffernan, Trova. Where the Salmon Run: The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank, Jr.

Salmon Issues and Salmon Identification

  • Montgomery, David. King of Fish
  • Lichatowich, James A. Salmon Without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis
  • Steelquist, Robert. Adopt-A-Stream Foundation’s Field Guide to the Pacific Salmon
  • Wydoski and Whitney. Inland Fishes of Washington
  • Groot and Margolis. Pacific Salmon Life Histories
  • Stouder, Bisson, and Naiman. Pacific Salmon and Their Ecosystems: Status and Future Options
  • National Research Council. Upstream: Salmon and Society in the Pacific Northwest

Nisqually River Council and Partners


  • Pojar and McKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest
  • The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation
    • Streamkeeper’s Field Guide
    • Field Guide to the Pacific Salmon
  • Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring


As Long As the River Runs documents the struggles faced by tribal members, including the Nisqually, as they fought to secure their treaty rights. Although it was produced prior to the Boldt Decision in 1974, the video still provides relevant insight into the lives and traditions of Tribes today.

Joe Kane, Executive Director of the Nisqually Land Trust, gave a Ted Talk on the importance of returning forestlands within the Nisqually to local ownership. Joe is currently helping spearhead the development of the Nisqually Community Forest.

From the Mountain to the Sea was produced by the Nisqually River Interpretive Center and highlights the enormous conservation efforts that have been completed in the Nisqually Watershed, thanks to the dedication and trust of numerous partners.


2016 Presenter Information & Powerpoints/Materials

Tuesday, July 26:

Introductory Presentation

Nisqually geology and history- Presented by  and George Walter (Nisqually Indian Tribe, Department of Natural Resources)

History of the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Davy Clark (BFJNNWR, Education Coordinator)

Tuesday, August 2

Nisqually Reach Nature Center

Citizen Science at NRNC – Presented by Daniel Hull

Watershed in Your Hand – Sheila Wilson and Morgan Greene

Saturday, August 6:

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Prairies of South Puget Sound – Presented by Sierra Smith

Eye On Nature Field Studies – Presented by Sheila Wilson

Tuesday, August 16th:
Nisqually Land Trust – Presented by Kim Bredensteiner

Water Quality Monitoring – Presented by Sheila Wilson

Saturday, August 20th:

Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest with John Hayes, Executive Director, Mount Rainier Institute

Tuesday, August 23

Salmon Recovery Overview- Presented by Chris Ellings, Salmon Recovery Program Manager, Nisqually Indian Tribe Department of Natural Resources

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring – Presented by Morgan Greene

Saturday, August 27

Tour of Ohop Creek Restoration Project

Nature Mapping and Citizen Science with Rachael Mueller, Northwest Trek

Tuesday, August 30th

Clear Choices For Clean Water– Presented by Jennifer Johnson, Thurston County Environmental Health

Salmon Recovery and Research – Presented by Sayre Hodgson, Nisqually Indian Tribe Salmon Recovery Program

Tuesday, September 6th

Nisqually Garden Tour

History of the Nisqually Tribe – Presented by Cynthia Iyall, former Chairwoman of NIT

Tuesday, September 13th

Nisqually River Council – Presented by David Troutt, NRC Chair and Director of NIT Natural Resources. Presentation available here.

Nisqually River Foundation – Presented by Justin Hall, NRF Executive Director. Presentation available here.

NRC Citizen’s Advisory Committee – Presenter TBD

Nisqually River Education Project – Presented by Sheila Wilson, NREP Program Director

Saturday, September 17

Fire and Ice, Nisqually Glacier – Mount Rainier National Park

Tuesday, September 20th

Tour of NIT’s Clear Creek Hatchery – Presented by Nano Perez, Lead Habitat Restoration Technician

Saturday, September 24th

Nisqually Watershed Festival and Nisqually Stream Stewards Graduation!