The Hoopa Valley Tribal Forestry Department under the direction of the Hoopa Valley
Tribal Council is responsible for the management of over 87,000 acres of timberland.
These lands contain an abundance of commercial and cultural resources that the Hoopa
Tribe has relied on for thousands of years. The Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation is
the largest forested Reservation in the State of California.
The reservation was created through an agreement between the Hoopa Tribe and the
United States Federal Government in 1876. The Reservation, described as an area
6 miles on either side of the Trinity River from the mouth of the Klamath River to
the point where the river enters the Hoopa Valley, 12 miles from the confluence,
creating a 12 mile square. Originally, a portion of the designated Reservation was
left out by the Surveyor at the instruction of the US Army commander stationed in
the Valley at that time. However, that land was returned to the Tribe in 1999.
Hoopa Tribal Forestry's management practices have moved away from the BIA practice
of clearcut logging and have adopted methods that help maintain and better protect
sensitive habitats that our wildlife and natural resources depend on. The forests
of the Hoopa Reservation have been and still are utilized by Hoopa Tribal Members
for hunting and gathering. These cultural activities continue today. The forest
grows an abundance of culturally useful plant species, such as bear grass, hazel
stick, and ferns. The Forests also provide habitat favorable to the animal species
tribal members have hunted for subsistence and for cultural uses, such as in dance
This change in management was facilitated by the development of the Hoopa Valley
Tribes "Forest Management Plan" (FMP) which has been in place for almost two decades.
The Hoopa Tribes FMP introduced a shift from a pure commercial timber production
operation to a more environmentally aware and responsible management strategy that
focused more on sustainability and multiple resource uses. This change in management
ultimately allowed the Hoopa Tribe to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
(FSC) as a "Sustainable Forestry Operation." Under the Hoopa Tribes FMP Tribal Forestry
manages approximately 400 acres of mature timber a year in accordance with FSC standards
and has begun planning on entering second growth stands in future timber sales.
HOOPA TRIBAL FORESTRY
HOOPA VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION
Po Box 368 - Hoopa, California 95546 - (530) 625-4284