QIN Shoreline Management Plan Update


The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) is in the process of developing a Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) to guide the use and protection of shorelines within the QIN Reservation.  These Shorelines include the Pacific coast, the Quinault, Queets, Salmon, Raft, and Moclips Rivers, Wreck Creek and Lake Quinault. 

What is it?

The goal of the SMP is to manage the use of the Nation’s shoreline natural resources without
impacting the environment. For this plan, “Shorelines” includes major rivers, such as the
Quinault, Queets, Raft, Salmon, and Moclips Rivers and Wreck Creek, as well as Lake Quinault, and the ocean shoreline.

How will it work?

The SMP will contain standards and requirements intended to compliment QIN codes such as the Forest Management Plan to ensure that upland activities do not adversely affect the health of fish and wildlife and shoreline natural features. Different shoreline areas will be established to provide for different uses, depending on the shoreline characteristics. For instance, shorelines important for salmon will be protected from uses that might cause harm. The establishment of standards would also increase the Tribe’s ability to self-govern and exercise its sovereignty.

What’s happening now?

A consultant team is working with staff from the Nation to prepare a comprehensive inventory of existing natural resources and conditions in the Nation’s shoreline environments. This will include things like the location, type and quality of salmon habitat, sensitive areas, such as wetlands, landslide areas, cultural sites, and also areas where residential and commercial uses are located. This inventory will help the Nation determine the appropriate standards and requirements for managing the Nation’s shorelines.


Don’t we already have a shoreline management plan?

Yes, a plan was prepared in 1994. That plan was not adopted by the Nation; however it is a good reference point and will be useful in developing the updated shoreline management plan.

How can I stay informed and involved in the plan update process?

Please provide your name and email address to the QIN Planning Department to receive information about future meetings, and progress on the plan update process. Below is a general calendar of anticipated future key steps*.

Shoreline Management Plan Schedule of Key Steps

1st public meetings to update community and receive public input
Oct 19 & 26, 2016
Consultant prepares Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report
Dec 2016
Staff / consultant prepare draft shoreline zones, policies & standards
Jan-April 2017
Conduct review with Planning Commission/ other Departments
April-May 2017
Revise draft SMP and potentially other codes for consistency
May-June 2017
2nd public meeting to present draft Plan and receive public input
June 2017
Prepare final Plan and regulations
July-August 2017
Present final Plan and regulations for action by Business Committee
Sept 2017

*subject to change. Watch for announcements of future events or contact the QIN Planning Dept.

For more information:

October 2016 Powerpoint Presentation (pdf)

Survey Results from October 2016 Community Meetings (pdf)

1994 QIN Shorelines Management Master Program (pdf)




For more information or to give feedback and suggestions to the Project Team, please contact Carl Smith, Charles Warsinske, or Sue Kalama by email or at (360) 276-8211, extensions 1040, 397 and 228, respectively.