Climate Change Adaptation Planning

The Samish Climate Adaptation Working Group, comprised of Samish tribal members, Council members and staff members, is leading this effort.

Climate Change Working Group

Name  Role
Leslie Eastwood Tribal member, General Manager
Dana Matthews Council Secretary, Health and Human Services Director
Jackie Ferry Cultural Director/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Toby McLeod Tribal Member, Natural Resources Department

Project Staff

Name Role
Todd Woodard Director, Natural Resources Department
TBD Climate Adaptation Specialist

Progress to Date

Phase One of the project has been completed and has generated the following three documents that will help to guide the next steps of the process:

Climate Adaptation
Planning Framework 
Climate Change
State of Scientific Knowledge
Climate Change
Planning Prioritie
Available for download here.
Available for download here.
Summary available for download here.
Full report available for download here.

Phase Two is starting and is anticipated to proceed by the following schedule:



Anticipated Schedule

Vulnerability and risk assessment

Perform Vulnerability and risk assessments of impacted/potentially impacted sectors of importance


Goals and objectives

SMART resilience goals for high priority sectors set


Adaptation Actions

Research, develop, assess and select Resilience actions


Samish Climate Resiliency Plan

Samish Climate Resiliency Plan adopted by Tribal Council and mainstreamed across all Tribal programs



Annual work plan and monitoring efforts


Culture Talk: Blankets of Nobility (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Learn about the role of Coast Salish women in fostering a social economy of generosity.

Dates: 04 – 04 Jun, 2024

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Book Club: Native Seattle (virtual)

Join us for a discussion of “Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place” by Coll Thrush.

Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 2024

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Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering

If you cannot attend the Annual Elders Luncheon, Samish Elders are invited to our Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering.

Dates: 14 – 14 Jun, 2024

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Chat & Craft (online + Anacortes)

Join us online or in-person to catch up while working on independent craft projects.

Dates: 15 – 15 Jun, 2024

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Annual Elders Luncheon

Samish Elders and intertribal Elders are invited!

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2024

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Morning Social (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join online or gather at Fidalgo Bay Resort to chat and catch up.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Canoe Trips (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join the Samish Canoe Family for a short canoe trip in Fidalgo Bay.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Salish Sea Háwe7 (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Explore the Samish homelands by water with Island Adventures.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Smoke Signals (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join virtually or in-person for a group streaming of Smoke Signals.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Book Club: 1491 (virtual)

Join us for a discussion of “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann.

Dates: 15 – 15 Oct, 2024

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