Links to Kootenai River Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Links to Kootenai River Fish-and-Wildlife-Related Agencies

Links to Kootenai River Fish-and-Wildlife-Related Agencies

This is a link to the main Kootenai Tribe of Idaho website, which includes governmental and cultural information.

Today, BPA and its partners operating the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) are working diligently to protect and enhance our environmental, fish, and wildlife values, and ensure these qualities for future generations. BPA funds many of the fish and wildlife projects on the Kootenai River.

The Council works to protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife of the Columbia River and guides Bonneville Power Administration's funding of projects to implement the fish and wildlife program.

The Corps goal is to operate Libby Dam to minimize negative impacts on the environment through pollution prevention and mitigation, and we are committed to continual improvement.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, is conducting several studies that will provide the recovery team with information to develop hydraulic flow models of the Kootenai River from Libby Dam, Montana, to Queens Bay on Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada.

The Northern Idaho Field Office (NIFO) of the USFWS is responsible for Endangered Species Act coordination, species conservation, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, environmental contaminants, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR), Section 7 consultation and federal project planning assistance, Clean Water Act 404 permits, Migratory Birds and other federal laws. Service staff works with its partners to conserve Northern Idaho species, including Canada lynx, Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear, Selkirk Mountains woodland caribou, bald eagles and migratory birds, bull trout, Kootenai River white sturgeon, Kootenai River burbot, Spalding’s catchfly and other Palouse prairie plants.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) works with the citizens of Idaho to provide abundant, diverse fish and wildlife, and to ensure a rich outdoor heritage for all generations. Its goals are to sustain fish and wildlife and their habitats, to meet the demand for fish and wildlife recreation, to improve public understanding of and involvement in fish and wildlife management, and to enhance the capability of the department to manage fish and wildlife and serve the public.
The IDFG works closely with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho on fish and wildlife research, management, and the design and implementation of restoration actions.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks provides for the stewardship of the fish, wildlife, parks, and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations. The agency works closely with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho on fish and wildlife research, management, and the design and implementation of restoration actions.

The Fish and Wildlife Branch of the BC Ministry of Forests Land Natural Resource Operations (formerly BC Ministry of Environment) establishes legislation, policies and procedures for managing fishing and hunting activities, and for the allocation of fish and wildlife resources for recreational and commercial use. The goal of the provincial Fisheries program is to conserve the natural diversity of fish and fish habitat and to sustainably manage the freshwater sport fishing in B.C., and the agency has worked closely with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho on restoration of the Kootenai River.

Ktunaxa (pronounced ‘k-too-nah-ha’) people have occupied the lands adjacent to the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers and the Arrow Lakes of British Columbia, Canada for more than 10,000 years. The Traditional Territory of the Ktunaxa Nation covers approximately 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles) within the Kootenay region of south-eastern British Columbia and historically included parts of Alberta, Montana, Washington and Idaho. This website of the Ktunaxa Nation encompasses the five Bands located in British Columbia, Canada.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are comprised of the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai tribes. The Flathead Reservation of 1.317 million acres in northwest Montana is their home now but our ancestors lived in the territory now known as western Montana, parts of Idaho, British Columbia and Wyoming. This aboriginal territory exceeded 20 million acres at the time of the 1855 Hellgate Treaty.


The Integrated Program is grounded in a core set of guiding principles:

  • Science-based–  Science-based decision making and management;
  • default_title–  Respect for and integration of Tribal cultural values and local social and economic values;
  • default_title–  Collaborative implementation in cooperation with co-managers and stakeholders including transboundary coordination;
  • default_title–  Incorporation of multi-disciplinary input and review;
  • default_title–  Understanding that when dealing with dynamic ecosystems, uncertainty is inevitable, therefore learning through structured adaptive management processes is critical.
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