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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 KBIC Tribal Council funds hatchery operations.

Our department is guided by a 10-year Integrated Resource Management Plan adopted by the Tribal Council and Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2003, and by the KBIC Strategic Plan adopted in 2005. Read more here.


KBIC's draft Hazard Mitigation Plan is now open for public comment until July 31st. Please find the draft document on the link below.

If you have any questions regarding how to comment, please contact Dione Price, Environmental Specialist at (906) 524-5757 or


In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has closed non-essential government offices until further notice. Please refer to the Natural Resources staff directory for direct contact email addresses during this time. effective 4/13/2020

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Coronavirus Guidelines  |  KBIC Pandemic Response  |  Copper Country Strong

Try Out Our Fishing App and provide feedback HERE - Created by MTU students in partnership with KBIC NRD

Native American Agricultural Fund Grant Announcement and Information-

KBIC Natural Resources Department Begins Beach Monitoring - Facebook Article

Saving Buffalo Reef - Video

Whitefish Interest Webinar hosted by GLIFWC & KBIC, May 11, 2020

      To Register for the Whitefish Interest Webinar, Click HERE

EPA Approves KBIC's TAS Application for Water Quality, April 28, 2020

Special Walleye Spring Spearing - Open April 23rd

Spear Harvest Considerations  April 13, 2020

KBIC Open Burn Notice April 22, 2020

Michigan Fish Producers Coffee Hour - Wednesday April 29, 10:00 am

U.P. Environmental Coalition: Celebrate the U.P. Live April 25!

Second High Water Summit Webinar - April 28

Free to good homes: Microgreens! April 8, 2020

Spring is here! Read on for current harvest opportunities and inspiration. April 8, 2020

Conservation Science Webinar Series.
~ from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service every Wed at 2:00 pm ET through July, 2020.

Request for comment: Lake Superior Manoomin Cultural and Ecosystem Characterization Study April 6, 2020

MTU student research partnerships growing for KBIC NRD April 6, 2020

#1 KBIC-NRD volunteer is MTU’s “Serving Others” award recipient February 21, 2020

EPA approves KBIC application for TAS in air quality February 10, 2020

Community calendars, activities & celebrations

KBIC Eat Safe Fish Guide

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Eat Safe Fish Guide 

Some fish contain chemicals that can harm your health. MDHHS tests fish taken from Michigan’s lakes and rivers to learn which fish are safer to eat. The Eat Safe Fish guides list the fish that have been tested and how much is safe to eat.

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) Mercury Maps are available to help tribal members make informed choices that allow continued ogaa consumption while reducing their exposure to mercury. The maps provide the facts about mercury levels in ogaa in ceded territory waters where member tribes commonly harvest these fish.


Whitefish Webinar

Please Join us on Tuesday May 19, 6-7 p.m.

GLIFWC staff are partnering with KBIC Natural Resources Department to host a

live webinar for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

Learn more about the project, fishing regulations, food safety

and contaminant concerns, and the Model Food Code's

whitefish chapter.

Click on this link to register:

Register by calling (715) 685-2147 or email for more information.

Tuesday, May 19th

NRD Weather Station

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from buoys and monitoring stations in the Great Lakes Region

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