The Sitka Community Use Area (SCUA), otherwise known as Sitka’s “home range,” encompasses over one million acres of the Tongass National Forest. Its lands and waters provide abundant benefits to the community through recreation, subsistence, renewable energy, business opportunities, clean air, clean water, salmon, and cultural and traditional resources, making it responsible for the incredible quality of life that residents and visitors value so highly.
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By advocating for better stewardship of SCUA lands, SCS is working to ensure that the unparalleled social, natural and economic benefits provided by the SCUA exist for generations to come. In 2009, SCS engaged the community in formally defining and celebrating the scope of these lands that have been cherished for centuries.
Using the map and information that resulted from this process, SCS has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the City and Borough of Sitka, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and organizations like the Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka School District and Sitka Collaborative Stewardship Group to implement projects that enhance and protect the resources of the SCUA and the wellbeing of our community.