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Yuroks acquire 22,000 acres

Del Norte Triplicate, April 15, 2011

By: Triplicate Staff

Purchase from Green Diamond doubles holdings

The Yurok Tribe has acquired 22,000 acres of ancestral territory that will allow it to protect water quality and habitat on the Klamath River, it was announced Thursday.

The tribe, working with the nonprofit Western Rivers Conservancy, completed purchase of 22,237 acres from Green Diamond Resource Company in Humboldt County, according to a joint statement of the parties involved.

“The tribe has long sought the return of ancestral land to create a salmon sanctuary and restore tribal cultural management practices, which benefit fish, wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole,” Yurok Tribal Chairman Thomas O’Rourke said.

“This is an historic accomplishment to ensure clean, cold water for the Klamath River’s salmon runs while re-establishing a portion of the Yurok’s homeland,” said Phillip Wallin, President of Western Rivers Conservancy.

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