Sitka Conservation Society

Do you want to do your part to help protect the Tongass and its communities?  Check out the most recent Action Alerts  for immediate steps you can take.  Also, learn about how you can volunteer, get up to date email alerts, and donate to help SCS achieve out mission of protecting the natural environment of the Tongass while supporting the development of sustainable communities in Southeast Alaska.

Write a Letter

In these days of online petitions and emails, you’d be surprised how effective a sincere letter can be.  At SCS, we rely on our members to help us influence decision makers to make smart choices when it comes to the environment and sustainability.

Volunteer

For much of its history, the Sitka Conservation Society was entirely a volunteer organization, and volunteers are still essential to the work we do.  SCS relies on volunteers throughout the year for everything from solitude monitoring in the Wilderness to cleaning up after our annual wild foods potluck to writing letters to members of Congress.

Donate

A Sitka Conservation Society membership can be as little as $30 a year. However, donations beyond the basic level provide substantial support to SCS programing every year.  If you are passionate about keeping the Tongass wild, appreciate the work SCS does, and have the resources to make a larger contribution, we hope you will consider a donation beyond the basic membership level.

Sign up for Action Alerts

You can also stay informed through SCS’s email updates, Action Alerts, and our newsletter, Tracks, which is published 3 times a year to keep our members up to date on Tongass issues and new developments at SCS.

Become a Citizen Scientist

Citizen Scientist are everyday people who help collect valuable data for researchers across the globe.  See which projects you can get involved with.

View our most current Action Alerts below:

  • 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 [...]

    Read more →

  • Sitka’s Voice Joins in Statewide Opposition to House Bill 77

    Sitka’s Voice Joins in Statewide Opposition to House Bill 77

    Hundreds of people throughout the state have come out in opposition to House Bill 77, known also as the Silencing Alaskans Act. The Sitka community joined in opposition to HB 77 this past Thursday as well. Around fifty people showed up to a meeting scheduled with Department of Natural Resources Representative Wyn Menefee to get [...]

    Read more →

  • 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. [...]

    Read more →

  • 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 [...]

    Read more →

  • Standing up for the Alaskan Voice

    Standing up for the Alaskan Voice

    Fellow Supporter, House Bill 77, or the “Silencing Alaskans’ Act,” is up for vote in the state senate this legislative term. The passage of this bill would cut Alaskans out of permitting decisions for any project on state lands, particularly projects that could destroy salmon habitat. The bill would give only the unelected Department of [...]

    Read more →

  • Stop “Clear-Cutting” Wilderness and Recreation budgets

    Stop “Clear-Cutting” Wilderness and Recreation budgets

    On the day before Halloween, the US Forest Service announced they were going to reduce the already insufficient $1.1 million dollar Wilderness and Recreation budget for the entire Tongass National Forest by over half a million dollars. This is “budgetary clear-cutting” with the Forest Service already proposing the closure of 12 cabins alongside a reduction in the [...]

    Read more →

  • Running Wild

    Running Wild

    Running Wild from Sitka Conservation Society on Vimeo. Fellow runners, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts,   Pretty incredible wilderness to explore, eh? I wish I could share it with everyone. However, the management of these incredible places is changing–and there is something you can do about it.   Right now, the Chief of the Forest Service Tom [...]

    Read more →

  • Stream to Plate

    Stream to Plate

    The “why” of Fish to Schools has had clear goals from the beginning: connecting students to their local food system, learning traditions, and understanding the impact of their food choices on the body, economy, and environment. The “how” has been a creative process. Serving locally is one component of the program, but equally important is [...]

    Read more →

  • A Salmon Connection

    A Salmon Connection

    Can you teach economics to kids? I wasn’t sure. I’ve been scratching my head at how to convey such an advanced topic to third graders. So what if money stays here or goes there? A dollar is a dollar to a kid and they are going to spend it on the next trendy thing, right? [...]

    Read more →

  • Sealaska Corporation Lands Bill Moving Quickly Through Congress

    Sealaska Corporation Lands Bill Moving Quickly Through Congress

    The Sealaska Lands Legislation has passed out of committee in both the House and Senate, and could go before the full House and Senate for approval as early as sometime in July.  If approved, the Legislation would privatize over 70,000 acres of the Tongass, including parcels near Sitka at Kalinin Bay, Lake Eva, Fick Cove, [...]

    Read more →

Follow Us
Get Updates
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Newsletter and updates


Take Action Now
Take Action

Blog
Keep up to date on all of the issues. Check out "The Southeaster" Blog.

  • Adjustments to the Forest Service Budget are a Small Victory for our Forest, Fish and Community!
  • 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
Get Involved
Get Involved