OERM/Environmental Programs

Wetlands Protection

The USET Wetlands Program provides technical assistance and trainings for USET member Tribal Nations through regional wetland training seminars, virtual Wetland Program Plan writing webinars, and wetlands pilot research partnerships. All resources and trainings are centered around the goals of restoration and protection of wetland ecosystems; and raising awareness of the critical role that these vital ecosystems play in surface water purification, sediment and flood water retention, climate resiliency, carbon sequestration, biological diversity, and traditional sustenance activities for Tribal citizens.

USET Wetlands Program Events

USET technical assistance, trainings, and resources enhance capacity for USET member Tribal Nations to fulfill wetland programmatic goals, uphold Tribal Sovereignty, and provide frameworks for co-management with federal and state programs. This is accomplished by providing information and resources to draft Wetland Program Plans, undertake wetland delineation and technical trainings, and establish pilot projects for wetland mapping, monitoring and assessment, regulatory activities, restoration and protection, and water quality standards on Tribal Nation homelands.

Coming soon! Links will be provided archived and upcoming events:

  • USET Wetland Program Plan Writing Webinars
  • USET Wetland Training Seminars
  • USET Wetland Pilot Projects
  • Tribal-FERST Wetland Resources

For any questions regarding the USET Wetlands Program, or to be included in the email list for news and upcoming events please contact Colin Martin at cmartin@usetinc.org.

Coming Soon! Tribal-FERST

The Tribal-Focused Environmental Risk and Sustainability Tool (Tribal-FERST) is a web-based information and GIS mapping tool designed to empower Tribal Nations to assess environmental exposures and health risks to their citizens and to develop sustainable and culturally appropriate solutions. Using this web-based assessment and decision support tool, Tribal Nations may employ a holistic approach to address environmental concerns and contribute to sustainable solutions for the future.

Tribal relevant tools which have security protocols are critical to prioritize environmental issues, evaluate exposure pathways, and conduct comprehensive impact assessments – all of which are important in decisions and response actions to improve public health and the environment of Tribal communities.

We have adapted an EPA platform and customized this new web-based tool in collaboration with the EPA and BIA.