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:

  • Protecting America’s Last Frontier

    Protecting America’s Last Frontier

    Early last month, when the tailings dam at the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia breached releasing 10 million cubic meters of contaminated water into Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake, southeast Alaskans woke up to the possibility that other BC mines could pose the same threats to southeast Alaskan fisheries. Tailings dams are built to [...]

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  • First Fish Wednesday!

    First Fish Wednesday!

    Sitka School District schools have been serving locally-caught fish in their school lunches for three years.  But starting today, kids will be eating coho caught right in their own backyard every Wednesday! Fish to Schools was a brainchild of the fall 2010 Sitka Health Summit and a pilot program began in the spring of 2011 [...]

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  • Director Andrew Thoms contributes to Tongass Managment Plan

    Director Andrew Thoms contributes to Tongass Managment Plan

    Sitka Conservation Society Executive Director Andrew Thoms is a member of the Tongass Advisory Council, a group of 15 stakeholders from all over the Pacific Northwest, including fishermen, timber salesmen, Alaska Native groups and conservationists. Thoms traveled to Ketchikan last week for the first of many The Tongass Advisory Committee meetings that will discuss strategies [...]

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  • Salmon Stewardship on the Tongass: Twelvemile Creek

    Salmon Stewardship on the Tongass: Twelvemile Creek

    The Sitka Conservation Society is not only dedicated to protecting the natural environment of the Tongass National Forest, but also to supporting the health and sustainability of the communities that depend on the forest’s resources. As part of this mission, we partnered with local communities, the Tongass National Forest, and the National Forest Foundation to [...]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • First Wilderness Stewardship Trip of the Season a Success

    First Wilderness Stewardship Trip of the Season a Success

    Ten years ago, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act occurring this year, in 2014, the United States Forest Service launched what it termed the Ten Year Wilderness Challenge – an endeavor aimed at bringing to the over 400 wilderness areas under the Forest Service’s management a level of care needed to protect [...]

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  • Fish Need Trees, Too

    Fish Need Trees, Too

    SCS Board Member, Brendan Jones recently published an article in the New Your Times: “Fish Need Trees, too.” detailing the Forest Service’s poor management of resources in Southeast Alaska,  putting giant, ecologically destructive clear-cuts over protecting habitat for salmon–the backbone of the Southeat Alaskan economy. Brendan writes: This year, though, the fishing fleet in southeast [...]

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