Office of Natural Resources


anh Office of Natural Resources

In 2001, NVE became a part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Subsistence Management (OSM)’s Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program (FRMP). This was DENR’s first major expansion into natural resource management and was a big step towards officially re- establishing our traditional role as stewards of our home lands. Since 2001, DENR has expanded greatly and is now pioneering a modern era of research and collaborative management combining western science and traditional knowledge. As active stewards of the land and water, NVE has built strong ties with governmental agencies, becoming an integral part of the region’s environmental and resource management policy making.



In 2001, NVE began conducting estimates of the in-river abundance of Copper River Chinook salmon and has generated an abundance estimate every year since using fishwheels and mark-recapture methods. Our programs have expanded to include exploring stock-specific run timing and spawning distribution of Copper River salmon, ocean survival as well as hosting other researchers at our well-established remote field camps. 

Copper River Salmon Monitoring
Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program


We conduct wildlife assessments and research in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our wildlife resources to support our members’ subsistence lifestyles.

Wildlife Programs

Energy and Economic Resilience

We have conducted biomass and wind feasibility studies and are now exploring opportunities to add to Cordova’s renewable energy profile.

Our mariculture research program aims to develop best practice methods for growing kelp in our region of the Prince William Sound and to support Alaska’s growing Blue Economy. 

Energy and Economic Resilience Programs