The Environmental Capacity Building Program purpose is to expand and exercise Tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and governmental capacity by exercising the right of, and assuming the responsibility for, the Confederated Tribes to research, monitor, assess, manage, use, conserve, protect, and restore the natural resources of the Confederated Tribes’ Ancestral Territory.

    The Environmental Capacity Building Program plans, develops, and establishes environmental programs to protect, conserve, manage, and improve the environmental, human health and cultural values of resources within the Tribes’ Ancestral Territory.

    Past projects have included tribal environmental agreements; development of a water quality monitoring plan and quality assurance project plan; a watershed assessment; nonpoint source pollution assessments and management plans; research of environmental standards and ordinances; integrated resource management planning; GIS development; outdoor air, surface water, drinking water, waste water, ground water, contaminated soil and sediment, and invasive species management strategy development; climate change adaptation strategy development; etc.

    The Confederated Tribes gratefully acknowledge the support of the US EPA for the Tribes' Environmental Capacity Building Program.

    Contacts List

    Director Department of Natural Resources
    Margaret Corvi
    Director Department of Natural Resources
    541-888-7151 (Main)

    1245 Fulton Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420

    Water Protection Specialist and Biologist
    John Schaefer
    Water Protection Specialist and Biologist
    541-888-1303 (Main)

    1245 Fulton Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420

    Water Protection Specialist
    Ashley Russell
    Water Protection Specialist
    541-888-7511 (Main)

    1245 Fulton Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420

    Tribal Resource Response Specialist
    Janet Niessner
    Tribal Resource Response Specialist
    541-888-1304 (Main)

    1245 Fulton Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420

    Air and Water Protection Specialist
    Carter Thomas
    Air and Water Protection Specialist
    541-888-7561 (Main)

    1245 Fulton Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420