Sitka Conservation Society

Scott Harris and his family are happily “rooted” in Sitka. Scott is the Conservation Science Director for SCS and is responsible for developing and implementing habitat restoration and watershed monitoring projects. As a true Leopold-follower, his conservation ethic is rooted in a personal connection with the outdoors. Therefore, all of his projects inspire land stewardship by involving student and community volunteers. Scott has a wide diversity of work and academic experience. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research in Chilean Patagonia focused on economic activities for rural communities to conserve temperate rainforests. He also worked for several years as a Wildlife Research Technician, as a Senior Staff Instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska and Chile, and taught at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka. In his spare time, Scott runs a kayak outfitting company – Latitude Adventures – and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 2 children.

Recent posts by Scott:

  • Rural Advisory Committee Funds Available

    Rural Advisory Committee Funds Available

    The Secure Rural Schools Act (previously referred to as “timber receipts”) has provided approximately $100,000 for a group of volunteer Sitkans (the Sitka Rural Advisory Committee or RAC) to decide how the funds will be spent on the Sitka Ranger District. Projects proposal may be submitted by federal, state, local, or tribal governments; non-profit organizations, [...]

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  • Working with communities to study river restoration

    Working with communities to study river restoration

    Scaling local projects to achieve regional impact! The Sitka Conservation Society has entered a strategic partnership with the Tongass National Forest to engage local communities in the assessment of the habitat restoration projects on Twelvemile Creek, Prince of Wales Island. In Sitka over the past several years, we have developed the capacity and partnerships to [...]

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  • Field Science Opportunities!

    Field Science Opportunities!

    Join us in the field to collect ecological monitoring data and learn about our projects! SCS is part of the Southeast Alaska Long-term Monitoring Network, which integrates citizen science with long-term monitoring of the environment. There are multiple opportunities to join SCS on our field projects this summer. Check this link to learn more.…

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  • Science Sharing Night a huge success

    Science Sharing Night a huge success

    The Student Science Sharing night last Monday, April 29 was a huge success. This was our second year of celebrating student learning in the ecological sciences. We had over 100 students and community members participate, and we had student projects from Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe High Schools, Blatchley Middle School, and Keet Gooshi Heen.   [...]

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  • Science Mentor Program accepting applications for next school year

    Science Mentor Program accepting applications for next school year

    The Science Mentor Program is accepting applications for the 2013/2014 school year. This is the third year of this highly popular and successful program. Last year, students studied wintering songbirds in Sitka and conducted genetic research on the decline of Alaska yellow cedar. Students from any of Sitka’s 3 high schools are encouraged to apply. [...]

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  • Restoration Priorities in the Sitka Community Use Area

    Restoration Priorities in the Sitka Community Use Area

    The survey results are in. And the winner is….. Katlian River! We conducted a survey of Sitkans to identify community priorities for stream and forest restoration. Other places within the top 5 include Shelikof Creek (seen in the photo here), and Nakwasina River. Our survey also identified the values and activities that are most important [...]

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  • The Next Restoration Opportunity – Kruzof Island

    The Next Restoration Opportunity – Kruzof Island

    On January 16, 2013 at 6:30pm at Centennial Hall, Sitkans can share their ideas and priorities with the Forest Service regarding the future management of Kruzof Island. Over the next few years, multiple habitat restoration, timber management, and recreational developments and maintenance can occur on Kruzof Island. The community survey we conducted also identified the [...]

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  • Have You Seen This Bird?

    Have You Seen This Bird?

              Attention all bird enthusiasts and nature-lovers! 97 birds with various sorts of colored leg bands have been spotted in Sitka. We need your help in recording sightings of these birds! The weekend before Thanksgiving, certified bird bander Gwen Baluss, Sitka High student Naquoia Bautista, and many volunteers banded Juncos, Chickadees, [...]

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  • Starrigavan Stream Team 2012

    Starrigavan Stream Team 2012

    It’s November and the salmon eggs are all nestled in their gravel beds, but we can still dream of next year’s Blatchley Stream Team by watching this very cool video! Each May, over 100 Blatchley 7th Graders participate in Stream Team, where they help restore fish habitat and monitor stream health. This annual event is [...]

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  • 2012 Science Mentor Program students selected

    2012 Science Mentor Program students selected

    Three Sitka High School students were recently chosen to participate in the Science Mentor Program for the 2012-2013 school year. Program Coordinator Scott Harris and UAS Professor Kitty LaBounty stand with students Kaya Duguay, Naquoia Bautista, and Melea Roman. Kaya and Melea will be working on a cedar genetics study and Naquoia will be working [...]

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