The Kalispel Natural Resources Department (KNRD) is responsible for managing the historic properties, fisheries, wildlife, water and other natural resources of the Kalispel Tribe of Indian's reservation in Usk, WA and other ceded lands in the lower Clark Fork/Pend Oreille.
The state of Washington recognizes KNRD as a co-manager for the Pend Oreille River watershed area. KNRD currently manages the only warm water hatchery in the region.
KNRD has a vast range of responsibilities that are both regulatory and policy-making. The responsibilities of KNRD's two divisions (Fisheries and Water Resources and Wildlife and Terrestrial Resources) are interrelated, but each maintains its own unique focus.
In 1997, the Kalispel Natural Resources Department adopted a Fish and Wildlife Management Plan. Following approval by the Kalispel Tribal Council, this document contains the guiding principles for the department.
In 2005, the Kalispel Tribal Council approved an updated version of this plan which can be viewed on the reports page.
KNRD continues to utilize watershed management principles to make the management of sustainable native populations and habitats a priority. Non-native populations and/or artificial habitat management will be addressed based upon population health, habitat condition and feasibility.