Sitka Conservation Society

Our Work:

        Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) has been working to protect the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska and Sitka’s quality of life since 1967. We are based in the small coastal town of Sitka, Alaska, located on the west coast of Baranof Island in the heart of the Tongass, the nation’s largest National Forest.  View map of the Tongass.

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  • Buffering the Storm: How Salmon Buffers Safeguard Alaskan Fisheries

    Buffering the Storm: How Salmon Buffers Safeguard Alaskan Fisheries

    Do you like wild Alaskan salmon? Then you should also like stream buffers. What exactly is a stream buffer? It’s the area of land on either side of a stream, river or lake that is excluded from logging when the Forest Service designs timber sales. Stream buffers are extremely important because they ensure that old growth [...]

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  • British Columbia Mines Threaten Southeast Salmon Runs

    British Columbia Mines Threaten Southeast Salmon Runs

    What do Canadian mines have to do with Alaskan wild salmon? Almost everything. This link became all too apparent on August 4, when a tailings pond breached at Mount Polley mine in British Columbia. Millions of gallons of metal-contaminated water and sand poured out of the tailings pond and into the arteries of the Frasier [...]

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  • Revisiting the Genius of the Haida Canoe: Part 4 of a 4 Part Series

    Revisiting the Genius of the Haida Canoe: Part 4 of a 4 Part Series

    Southeast Alaska’s waterways are its highways. Boats and barges are its trains and semi-trucks. For thousands of years, people in this area have lived off the abundant plants, animals and salmon stocks which the coastal temperate rainforest rainforest, today part of the Tongass National Forest, provides. Before the Russians occupied this chain of islands off [...]

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  • Buffering the Storm: How Salmon Buffers Safeguard Alaskan Fisheries
  • Living with the Land Episode 4: Ed Gray
  • British Columbia Mines Threaten Southeast Salmon Runs
  • Living with the Land Radio Episode 3: Two Andrews Prepare a Deer
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