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:

  • 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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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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? [...]

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  • 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, [...]

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