Sitka Conservation Society

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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 National Forest.

The Tongass National Forest, at 17 million acres, is the largest national forest in the U.S.and the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. The Tongass, which comprises almost all of Southeast Alaska, is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, but it is owned by all U.S.citizens.

We have the dual goals of protecting the Coastal Temperate Rainforests of Southeast Alaska and developing economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable communities living within the Tongass National Forest. Our tools include traditional grassroots advocacy, innovative collaborative partnerships, educating the next generation of conservation leaders, and well-honed defensive techniques.
Please check out our program areas below to learn more about our work and the places we love.

Our Tongass programs include the work we do on-the-ground to protect and restore this great place.

Threats to the Tongass

Salmon

Restoration

Stewardship

Wilderness

 

In Sitka, we have the opportunity to develop our communities in harmony with our environment.  Our Community programs are directed toward achieving that goal.

Climate Change and Energy Conservation

Local Foods

Environmental Education

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  • Sealaska Bill Privatizes 70,000 Acres of the Tongass

    Sealaska Bill Privatizes 70,000 Acres of the Tongass

    Terrible news for the Tongass this week: Around 70,000 acres of the Tongass are being turned over to Sealaska for development. As Davey Lubin told the Sitka Sentinel this week, “I’m highly disappointed that our treasured, priceless public lands have been privatized. It’s a huge loss for the whole nation … What Theodore Roosevelt established [...]

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  • Living with the Land Radio Episode 12: What’s your Wilderness?

    Living with the Land Radio Episode 12: What’s your Wilderness?

    In this episode of “Living with the Land,” SCS’s Tracy Gagnon takes her recording equipment into the Wilderness! When she isn’t paddling 18 miles straight or desperately trying to keep the mic dry, she speaks with visiting artist Ray Geier, and SCS Staff members Paul Killian and Edie Leghorn about their own relationship with wilderness. [...]

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  • Meaning of Wild Film Screening
  • Toxic shellfish: how can we reclaim our beaches?

    Toxic shellfish: how can we reclaim our beaches?

    SCS is not involved with this project, but we are excited to highlight the exciting science our neighbors at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska are starting. We wish them sunny skies and toxin-free plankton samples! No Southeast Alaskan wild foods potluck would be complete without butter clams, blue mussels, or geoducks harvested from along our [...]

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  • Changing the Face of Affordable Housing

    Changing the Face of Affordable Housing

    The term ‘affordable housing’ sometimes has a stigma associated with it. Depending on who you ask, It also means multiple things to various people. When we say affordable housing, we mean a rental or permanent home that may be rented or purchased by an individual or family with a living wage. There are multiple, creative [...]

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  • Sealaska Bill Privatizes 70,000 Acres of the Tongass
  • Living with the Land Radio Episode 12: What’s your Wilderness?
  • Meaning of Wild Film Screening
  • Living with the Land Radio Episode 11: Ward and the Whale
  • Living with the Land Radio Episode 10: What’s a body without a soul?
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