Sitka Conservation Society

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.  Take a look at our action alerts below, and please take just a few minutes to write a letter about an issue that is important to you.

Not sure how to write a letter?  There are key points and example letters in each alert, and here are some general tips:

  • Think of your purpose for writing the letter and mention that in your first sentence. The most attention your letter will receive is in the first few lines so be passionate but concise with your intentions, relevant facts, and examples.
  • Include a short snippet about yourself, and how what you’re advocating for affects you, those around you, and the Tongass.
  • Thank whomever you are writing to and make sure to include your address underneath your name so that they can respond to your letter.
  • Check out this article for more help.

Most recent Action Alerts:

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 [...]

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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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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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