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:

  • Karta River: Classroom in the Wilderness

    Karta River: Classroom in the Wilderness

    Think back to those boring days during school, when you would tune out the teacher’s voice, stare out the window, and daydream about being outside. Well, if you were a student at Craig High School, no dreaming would be necessary. For the past few years, Wilderness Rangers with the Forest Service have been working with [...]

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  • Baranof Elementary has their first Fish to Schools Lunch!

    Baranof Elementary has their first Fish to Schools Lunch!

    Today was the first day that Baranof Elementary participated in the Fish to Schools lunch program by dishing out local fish for interested students. Kids from kindergarten and first grade can choose between bringing a lunch from home or being served the school lunch. Today, a record number of students signed up for local fish! [...]

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  • 13th Annual Parade of the Species – Friday, April 25th

    13th Annual Parade of the Species – Friday, April 25th

     Parade of the Species, Friday, April 25th, Meet at 2:30 The 13th Annual Parade of the Species will be held on Friday, April 25th.  Parade participants are invited to dress as their favorite animal or plant and gallop, slither, swim, or fly with us. We will meet in Totem Square at 2:30 and parade down [...]

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  • JV/AmeriCorps Mid-Year Reflection

    JV/AmeriCorps Mid-Year Reflection

    I am serving as the Living with the Land and Building Community JV/AmeriCorps member at the Sitka Conservation Society. I mostly serve the youth in Sitka, leading the Alaska Way-of-Life project 4-H club, and volunteering with the Fish to Schools program and Stream Team. Every day is different at SCS which keeps life fun and [...]

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  • Fresh- Sitka, Alaska

    Fresh- Sitka, Alaska

    Sitka is alive with activity! The herring have returned to our waters to spawn. Fish, fishermen, whales, birds and sea lions are crowding our oceans and coasts and the streets are starting to smell fishy. Check out this little video SCS helped produce with Ben Hamilton that showcases our deliciously fresh fisheries-from stream to plate! [...]

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  • A Guide to Serving Local Fish in School Cafeterias

    A Guide to Serving Local Fish in School Cafeterias

    It’s here! Hot-off-the-press is the Fish to Schools Resource Guide and Stream to Plate Curriculum! Fish to Schools, a program that gets local seafood into schools, began as a grassroots, community initiative in the fall of 2010. Sitka is one of the first districts in the state to serve local seafood through the National School [...]

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  • Fish to Capital

    Fish to Capital

    When serving local seafood in our schools became a community health priority in the 2010 Sitka Health Summit, the Sitka Conservation Society recognized the opportunity to apply our mission to “support the development of sustainable communities.” Now all grades 2-12 in Sitka serve locally-harvested fish at least twice a month, reaching up to 1,500 students. [...]

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  • Protect West Chichagof

    Protect West Chichagof

    Designating land as Wilderness is the ultimate step to ensuring its protection in the long-term.  Wilderness designation protects critical habitat from mining, logging, and development while still allowing people to use the land for hunting, fishing, subsistence gathering, recreating, and even making a living from guiding and operating tours. Wilderness was integral to SCS’s formation [...]

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  • The Meaning of Wild, March 9th in Sitka

    The Meaning of Wild, March 9th in Sitka

    SCS will present the Sitka premiere of The Meaning of Wild Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 6-8pm at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.  Tickets $7 available at Old Harbor Books (2/14/2014). Free for kids 10 and under. The film will be accompanied by a selection of wilderness-themed short films,  a photography exhibit and silent auction, and [...]

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  • Alaska Way-of-Life 4H

    Alaska Way-of-Life 4H

    Want to get involved with 4H? 4H is a positive youth development program to get youth civically engaged and apply leadership skills at a young age. Our 4H Adventure Series starts February 18!! This series will be Tuesdays through May from 4:15 – 5:45pm for ages 8 to 13. Skills we will explore are: map and compass navigation, using survival kits, GPS [...]

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  • Karta River: Classroom in the Wilderness
  • Baranof Elementary has their first Fish to Schools Lunch!
  • Rural Advisory Committee Funds Available
  • 13th Annual Parade of the Species – Friday, April 25th
  • Voices of the Tongass – Karen Johnson
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