Sitka Conservation Society

Issues: Community Sustainability

SCS originally formed because Sitka residents were outraged at the large scale clearcutting occurring around their home. They were also very concerned about pollution emitted from the Sitka pulp mill. As SCS has grown, our primary focus has remained on Wilderness and public land protection. However, as residents of Sitka we are obviously very concerned about community issues. In fact, our Community Outreach Coordinator and Community Sustainability Organizer positions were added to help us work in our community, SCS sponsors a Backwoods Lecture Series to help Sitkans learn more about the wildlife and resources of the Tongass. See Our Events Calendar at the bottom of the page for a schedule of SCS events.

Climate Change and Energy

Just because Sitka is a small town, the Sitka Conservation Society does not believe that means it can’t be a national leader in taking on climate change. The idea is that if little Sitka can take progressive steps, why can’t any other community?  To help address climate change in Sitka, SCS has advocated for increasing the city’s hydroelectric capacity and organized energy conservation programs to help individuals improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

 

Local FoodsLocal Foods

At the Sitka Conservation Society we are working towards creating a more resilient food system by supporting local efforts to protect the habitat of wild foods, support traditional harvest/subsistence lifestyles, increase local food production, create access to wild seafood, reform the school lunch program to include local foods, and increase awareness of local fishing culture.

 

Environmental Education

The Sitka Conservation Society provides diverse environmental education programs, which reach hundreds of people from preschool age through retirement age every year. Some of these programs are actually done in the classrooms of local schools, while other programs include public lectures and boat trips for the community at large.

 

 

Recent Posts:

  • Banding Songbirds with Gwen Baluss: A closer look at our tiny feathered neighbors

    Banding Songbirds with Gwen Baluss: A closer look at our tiny feathered neighbors

    Visiting Forest Service Wildlife Technician, Gwen Baluss carefully loosens the tie of a little sac and slowly reaches in. Delicately grasping the fragile creature within, she reveals the dark eyed junco to a resounding “AWE” echoing across the classroom as students pile on top of one another to get a closer look. For the third [...]

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  • Applooza 2014

    Applooza 2014

    Two weeks ago, youth volunteers from 4-H harvested apples that were grown as a result of one of the initiatives from the 2010 Sitka Health Summit. Volunteers and their parents came together once again to decorate fabric for mason jars and to cook applesauce. The aptly-named event, Applooza, was hosted by the Sitka Kitch at the First [...]

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  • Living with the Land Radio Episode 7: Lori Adams and the You-Pick Garden

    Living with the Land Radio Episode 7: Lori Adams and the You-Pick Garden

    Having grown up on a farm in Oregon, Lori Adams couldn’t help but get her hands in the soil when she moved to Sitka back in the 1980s. She started “Down to Earth You-Pick garden,” where Sitkans go to pick their own, locally-grown vegetables. In this episode of “Living with the Land,” Lori tells us [...]

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  • Living with the Land Radio Episode 6: Katy and Coral

    Katy and Coral Pendall are sisters and co-captains of their boat the FV Morgan. In this weeks episode of “Living with the Land,” they tell us about their favorite salmon to catch and even reveal some fishing secrets.   Katy and Coral Pendall Living with the Land is a 12 part radio series exploring stories of [...]

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  • Video: Protecting Our Remote Wildernesses With TRAK Kayaks

    Video: Protecting Our Remote Wildernesses With TRAK Kayaks

    When collecting baseline solitude, campsite and invasive plant data in remote Wilderness areas throughout the Tongass National Forest, getting to these areas often presents a challenge, most often alleviated by taking a floatplane. However, to survey the greatest distance to help manage the most Wilderness, sea kayaks are needed for swift and efficient transportation. But [...]

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  • Living with the Land Radio Episode 5: What’s Jud Kirkness Dreaming About?

    Living with the Land Radio Episode 5: What’s Jud Kirkness Dreaming About?

    As a employee of Parks and Rec, Jud Kirkness keeps Sitka’s parks, lawns and flowerbeds beautiful for all of us to enjoy. Yet while he is mowing Sitka’s lawns, he admits to daydreaming about other uses for our public city land. What’s Jud dreaming about? Gardens! Gardens! Gardens! But Jud isn’t just dreaming. He is [...]

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  • Removing Trash to Protect our Treasure

    Removing Trash to Protect our Treasure

      The first 2014 summer Wilderness was a trip to the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness area, where we based camped at Baird Island. Here, we conducted visitor use monitoring, surveyed for invasive plants and completed campsite inventories. Additionally, we picked up a lot of beach trash and cached it on the island. During this trip, we also [...]

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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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  • Living with the Land Episode 4: Ed Gray

    Living with the Land Episode 4: Ed Gray

    The furs of land and sea mammals have been vital to winter survival in Alaska for thousands of years. Today, the tradition of tanning hides for human use is alive and well in Alaska. In this episode of “Living with the Land,” Sitka local Ed Gray gives a tour of his tannery and teaches us [...]

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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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