The following data
is extracted from Handbook of North American Indians - Volume 7 - Northwest Coast - Smithsonian Institution - 1990
...(In the Southern Coast Salish territory) most
of the land was heavily timbered, but there were also a good many prairies,
ranging in size from a few acres in the more northern river valleys to more
extensive ones on Whidbey Island and from the Puyallup Valley southward.
These were probably maintained by native burning practices. Red cedar,
spruce, and hemlock were common, but the dominant tree was Douglas fir.
Deciduous trees included big-leaf maple, alder, vine maple, and others that
grew nearly everywhere at lower elevations, cottonwood and Oregon ash in river
valleys in the southern part of the region. In areas of greater
precipitation, the vegetation approached rain forest density, and these
conditions resulted in huge log jams that blocked some rivers and covered large
Learn more about Southern Coast Salish territory and the Squaxin Island Tribe HERE
Squaxin Island tribe's ancestors were water-oriented people who
flourished along the sound's shores for unrecorded millennia. They
subsisted on a cornucopia of fish, berries, roots such as camas,
and the woods. Their traditions were organically tied to the generous
environment. Salmon and other foods from the rivers and other waters
were central to their diet and spiritual rituals.
Learn more about growing camas (camassia quamash) HERE