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.

A map of the Nisqually River Watershed is available here!

2017 Course Information

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.


2017 Presenter Information & PowerPoints/Materials

Wednesday, August 9

Welcome & Introductions: Justin Hall and Sheila Wilson, Nisqually River Foundation

Nisqually Tribal History & Perspective: Cynthia Iyall, Nisqually Indian Tribe

Nisqually Watershed History: George Walter, Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources

Wednesday, August 16

Water Quality Monitoring: Belinda Paterno, Pierce Conservation District

Benthic Macroinvertebrates: Sheila Wilson, Nisqually River Foundation

Saturday, August 19

Mount Rainier National Park

Glaciers & Volcanoes: Annie Rundee, Mount Rainier National Park Education Specialist

Wednesday, August 23
Nisqually Land Trust: Kim Bredensteiner, NLT Associate Director

Forest Ecology & Management: Kirk Hanson, Northwest Natural Resource Group

Saturday, August 26

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

History of BFJNNWR, Ethnobotany, eBird, & Citizen Science: Davy Clark, BFJNNWR Education Coordinator

Wednesday, August 30

Nisqually Indian Tribe Community Garden: Caitlin Krenn and Grace Ann Byrd, Nisqually Indian Tribe staff

Clear Choices for Clean Water: Jennifer Johnson, Thurston County Environmental Health

Wednesday, September 6

Nisqually Indian Tribe Salmon Recovery Program: Chris Ellings, Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources

South Puget Sound Prairies: Sierra Smith, Center for Natural Lands Management

Wednesday, September 13

Nisqually Indian Tribe Hatchery Tour & Tribal Harvest Overview: Emiliano Perez, Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources

Nisqually River Council Citizens Advisory Committee: TBD

Saturday, September 16

UW Pack Forest 

Forest Values in Dollars and Carbon: TBD

Hike the Old Growth Grail: John Hayes and Amy Wilson, Mount Rainier Institute

Wednesday, September 20

Nisqually River Council: David Troutt, NRC Chair and Director of NIT Natural Resources

Nisqually River Foundation: Justin Hall, NRF Executive Director

Nisqually River Education Project: Sheila Wilson, NREP Program Director

Saturday, September 23

Naturemapping: Rachael Mueller, Northwest Trek

Wednesday, September 27

Nisqually Reach Nature Center Overview & Beach Seine Activity: Daniel Hull, NRNC Executive Director

Potluck Celebration and Reflection

Saturday, September 30

Nisqually Watershed Festival and Nisqually Stream Stewards Graduation!