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A detailed and interactive geographic information system database, analysis and online map application of Puget Sound south of the Tacoma Narrows doesn’t just tell the story of the ecological health of our region. The map developed by the Squaxin Island Tribe also provides guidance as to how and where South Puget Sound can be restored and protected.

The Squaxin Island Tribe recently completed a coastal catchment analysis of the entire marine nearshore of South Puget Sound. The analysis brought in multiple data sources including from the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project, NOAA’s most recent land cover atlas and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. These data sources define various ecological functions such as nearshore marine habitats, shoreline modification salmonid presences, total forest cover and development.