Sitka Conservation Society

Community Wilderness Stewardship Project

In 2009, SCS launched the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship project to bring together people and wilderness in an original and exciting way. Funded by the National Forest Foundation and the Sitka Conservation Society’s Living Wilderness Fund, this project creates a working partnership between the USFS Sitka Ranger District, the Sitka Conservation Society, and a broad spectrum of community members to conduct scientific research expeditions and community monitoring in the two Wilderness Areas surrounding Sitka. By kayaks, float planes, skiffs and on foot, volunteer Sitka residents and Wilderness Rangers are exploring some of the most wild and remote places in Southeast Alaska this summer. Working together for the common goal of stewardship, they are experiencing wildness first hand and gathering needed baseline data about these significant areas.

If you are planning to get out in the Wilderness and would like to gather data for the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project, please download and fill out our Monitoring Form, or, if there is any other way you believe you could help with a project, please contact Adam Andis at adam@sitkawild.org.

Learn more about the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project:

Project Reports:

 

Check out the most recent project report above, or click on the Wilderness tab on the Briefing Sheets page for a listing of all reports.

Expeditions:

Visit our Wild Places page to access and interactive map of past expeditions and to follow current trips in real-time.

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