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:

  • Toxic shellfish: how can we reclaim our beaches?

    Toxic shellfish: how can we reclaim our beaches?

    SCS is not involved with this project, but we are excited to highlight the exciting science our neighbors at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska are starting. We wish them sunny skies and toxin-free plankton samples! No Southeast Alaskan wild foods potluck would be complete without butter clams, blue mussels, or geoducks harvested from along our [...]

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  • Buffering the Storm: How Salmon Buffers Safeguard Alaskan Fisheries

    Buffering the Storm: How Salmon Buffers Safeguard Alaskan Fisheries

    Do you like wild Alaskan salmon? Then you should also like stream buffers. What exactly is a stream buffer? It’s the area of land on either side of a stream, river or lake that is excluded from logging when the Forest Service designs timber sales. Stream buffers are extremely important because they ensure that old growth [...]

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  • British Columbia Mines Threaten Southeast Salmon Runs

    British Columbia Mines Threaten Southeast Salmon Runs

    What do Canadian mines have to do with Alaskan wild salmon? Almost everything. This link became all too apparent on August 4, when a tailings pond breached at Mount Polley mine in British Columbia. Millions of gallons of metal-contaminated water and sand poured out of the tailings pond and into the arteries of the Frasier [...]

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  • Supporting Fisheries Research in Alaska

    Supporting Fisheries Research in Alaska

    Good news for the Tongass! This week, the Pacific Northwest Research Station announced it will hire a Research Fisheries Biologist to be stationed in Juneau. Why is this good news? Because it means the Forest Service once again has a fisheries biologist stationed in Alaska. Several years ago, the Forest Service moved a fisheries research position [...]

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  • Stand Up to Corporate Influence!

    Stand Up to Corporate Influence!

    This year’s primary election was one for the record books. Financial record books, that is. Over the last few months, Alaskans witnessed the most expensive primary campaign in state history. Where is all this money coming from? Corporations. And not just any corporations – some of the richest corporations on earth. In order to secure [...]

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  • 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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