Natural Resources Options Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary crew helps the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe fulfill their mission statement by helping out clean up the coastline and doing many different surveys such as seabird surveys and kelp rock surveys. Through these various surveys, the Elwha Tribe is able to be aware of any better manage their usual and accustomed grounds. As an example, the Natural Resources Options Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary crew monitors marine debris. By monitoring the marine debris, our Marine sanctuary crew figures out what the composition of the debris is. With this information, people can better understand how to help reduce and prevent marine debris.
I personally have contributed with the Natural Resources project directly by going out with the Streamkeepers crew and planting Oceanspray along the side of Valley Creek to replace an invasive species of blackberry. Through working with the Streamkeepers crew, I have learned a lot about how much not only the Streamkeepers do, but what all of the natural resources crews do as a whole to help out the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s land. It felt like I was really helping out the ecosystem when I was planting the Oceanspray because i knew that it would help the ecosystem in the long run. I think the work that the Natural Resources crews do is very important to help keep our local ecosystem alive and healthy. Nobody wants to walk outside and see garbage everywhere, Natural Resources helps make sure people don’t have to.