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:

  • Group Working to Save Yellow Cedar

    Group Working to Save Yellow Cedar

    As published in the Daily Sitka Sentinel on July 16, 2014 Four environmental groups have filed a petition to make the Alaskan yellow-cedar, an important tree to Tlingit carvers, an endangered species. However, some petitioners believe that the protection might not be enough to save the species. “It’s almost like we’re too late with the [...]

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  • The Southeast Sea Otter Story

    The Southeast Sea Otter Story

    The Sitka Conservation Society sponsored a boat cruise through Sitka Sound and Nakwasina Sound on Sunday afternoon, bring visitors from Florida, Columbia, New York, Ireland and even some native Sitkans around the waterways and salmon habitats of the area.  Led by SCS director Andrew Thoms and SCS board member Kitty LaBounty, guests on the Allen [...]

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  • Got a favorite fish recipe? Enter the Fish to Schools Recipe Contest!

    Got a favorite fish recipe? Enter the Fish to Schools Recipe Contest!

    Do you have a favorite fish recipe? Does your kid? Come share them with us! The Sitka Conservation Society is teaming up with the Sitka Seafood Festival to offer the first annual Fish to Schools Recipe Contest. The contest will take place on Saturday, August 2 at 4:30 p.m at the Main Tent on the [...]

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  • Tourism in the Tongass: The Mendenhall Glacier

    Tourism in the Tongass: The Mendenhall Glacier

    Alaska hosted close to 2 million visitors between May 2013 and April 2014, shattering its previous annual visitor record by more than 5,000 people.  Not surprisingly, about 1.7 million of those visitors came in the summer months, but last winter did see a 4 percent increase in out-of-state visitation, according to statistics published by the [...]

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  • When you wish upon a star!

    When you wish upon a star!

    There were XTRATUFS everywhere!  Though, a few souls did venture into the tide pools without them.  On a foggy and misty Sunday morning, some brave adventurers, sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society, ventured to Kruzof to learn about intertidal species.  The shore was spotted with sea stars and there was quite a bit to learn [...]

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  • Why do salmon jump? Exploring the Medvejie Hatchery in Southeast Alaska

    Why do salmon jump? Exploring the Medvejie Hatchery in Southeast Alaska

    Fishing season is in full swing here in Southeast Alaska.  The docks of Sitka are buzzing with fishermen anxiously awaiting every available opener to go out and get the next big catch! Here in Southeast Alaska, fish are a part of every day life.  One in 10 jobs in Sitka is directly related to the [...]

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  • Building a local food movement from the front yard

    Building a local food movement from the front yard

    When Southeast Alaskans think of local food, we usually think of foraging, fishing and hunting. In the realm of produce, however, we have become accustomed to eating fruits and vegetables shipped in from the lower 48 and around the globe.  But a gardening movement is on the rise around the islands. In Sitka, a city with [...]

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  • Conserving Alaskan Waters: Monitoring for Invasive European Green Crabs

    Conserving Alaskan Waters: Monitoring for Invasive European Green Crabs

    It was a fine cloudy morning with a touch of fresh breeze on June 11th; just another typical morning here in Sitka. My supervisor, Conservation Science Director for the Sitka Conservation Society (SCS), Scott Harris arrived at the Forest Service Bunk house (where I live) at 6:45 a.m. to pick me up. All I was [...]

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  • Falling in love in Sitka

    Falling in love in Sitka

    by Sarah Stockdale I am in a land of light. Alaska is alive in the summer, and in southeast, the rainforest is abundant with green foliage. As part of the Alaska Conservation Foundation Summer internship program, I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend three months here in Sitka as a media and storytelling [...]

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  • Tommy Joseph says Tlingit carving is personal and a true art

    Tommy Joseph says Tlingit carving is personal and a true art

    Tommy Joseph is a Tlingit master carver in Sitka.  He teaches and carves what he is commissioned to do and what he feels inspired to create. His apprentice, Kristina Cranston, says of him: “I think (Tommy) could recall probably where each tree came for probably if not most, all of his jobs. This tree came [...]

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  • Group Working to Save Yellow Cedar
  • The Southeast Sea Otter Story
  • Working the Trail: Report on the Forest Service/SCS Stewardship Trip to White Sulphur
  • Got a favorite fish recipe? Enter the Fish to Schools Recipe Contest!
  • Tourism in the Tongass: The Mendenhall Glacier
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