Traditionally, Dry Creek Pomo villages and seasonal settlements were located near rivers and creeks, which provided access to a wide range of plant and animal foods, waterfowl, and especially to a variety of fish which were the main sources of protein. Like native people throughout California, Dry Creek people managed their environment intensively, so much so that plants evolved in response to their activities. Their environmental practices stimulated the growth of the plants they needed and created spaces that attracted the game they hunted. Its more appropriate to say they lived in a garden then in a wilderness. The Tribe’s commitment to continuing that legacy is evident today in numerous ways. The Tribe is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore Rancheria Creek by removing invasive vegetation and planting native species. Returning the creek to a stable, sustainable state benefits the greater community by improving Russian River water quality. Recycling at the Dry Creek Rancheria soared 96% in 2006 compared to 2004. The Tribe is on track toward reaching its goal of recycling 50% of its total waste in 2007. The 9,000 gallons of cooking oil used at the Rancheria’s kitchen each year is converted to biodiesel fuel for wineries, farms, and nurseries throughout Northern California. The Tribe’s waste water facility treats water to the highest standard, and the Rancheria recycles its treated water.