Linda Palmer | Parks & Recreation (P&R) | (509) 634-3145 | Email

Recreation professionals have a dual responsibility: protecting the environment and creating an enjoyable experience for users. Resource coordination is a necessity in successful multiple-use management. Wildlife watering holes and wood openings that create the edge effect beneficial to wildlife can, if well placed, enhance the aesthetics of roads and trails traveled by recreation visitors. Cover plantings of shrubs and coniferous trees for deer and upland game birds can provide screening helpful in separating conflicting recreation zones. Natural salt licks can aid wildlife as well as serve as observation points for people interested in viewing animals. Another important aspect to Tribal Parks & Recreational activities is the cultural and traditional sensitive areas that need to be preserved as well as protected. These examples and other wildlife-management techniques can be useful from a recreation perspective if they are coordinated with the appropriate staff. In fairness, recreation developments created in a vacuum can be harmful to wildlife management. Positive results will only occur if all natural resource management works together in their plans.