The Natural Resources Department administers natural resource programs for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on the L'Anse, Marquette, and Ontonagon reservations as well as the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan (1842 ceded territory). These programs encompass a variety of activities, including: Lake Superior fishery assessments, Baraga county stream assessments, surface water and ground water monitoring, air and radon studies, brownfield programs, wildlife and wetland management, environmental assessments, monitoring of metallic mining and exploration activity in the Lake Superior basin, participation in the protection and enhancement of Lake Superior, and fish stocking from our hatchery.  The department facilitates projects through grants from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Tribal Council funds hatchery operations.

Fish (Gigoonh) and wildlife (Awesiiyag) staff began working in 1988 and an environmental specialist was hired in 1992. The Department was organized in 1999 and brought environmental, fish and wildlife programs under one department. The departmental staff has grown over the years to the present level of sixteen full-time employees and a varying number of part-time and temporary workers throughout the year. Our staff works closely with the KBIC Natural Resources Committee. Our department is also guided by a 10 year Integrated Resource Management Plan adopted by the Tribal Council and Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2003 and the KBIC Strategic Plan adopted in 2005.

NRD Weather Station



Michigan Technological University - Great Lakes Buoys

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Tribal Water Day 2020 Agenda

Tribal Water Day - March 13, 2020

KBIC Tribal Members!

If you are interested in having your drinking water supply tested,
please contact KBIC NRD Water Resources Specialist
Stephanie Kozich at (906) 524-8700

If you are interested in an in-home air quality assessment,
please contact KBIC NRD Air Quality Specialist
Jane Kahkonen at (906) 524-8700

Invasive Species Control continues on KBIC Tribal Lands
Crews are currently targeting Japanese barberry and you may see NRD and Superior Watershed Partnership trucks around the reservation. Japanese barberry information

For more information about the KBIC Invasive Species Program, contact:

Kathy Smith
(906) 524-5757

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2019 Lampricide Information: Application Schedule

For more information please contact:

Karen Andersen, KBIC Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist


Current KBIC job postings

Volunteer opportunities also available