Sitka Conservation Society

Follow the SCS Wilderness crew into the wilds!

The Wilderness crew spends countless hours traveling through some of the most wild places in the country to collect data for the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project.  Now you can expeience the adventure too!  Follow the links below to follow the crew in real-time, see videos, slideshows and reports from recent trips, and even get live-updates from the field.

Track the crew- each expedition team carries a SPOT GPS tracking device.  Click the link below to see where the crew is right now.

Expeditions- visit our interactive map of the Tongass to see where past expeditions have gone.  Click on white markers for Wilderness Project trips.  Also be sure to check out recent trip posts below.

Recent Expeditions:

  • Video: Protecting Our Remote Wildernesses With TRAK Kayaks

    Video: Protecting Our Remote Wildernesses With TRAK Kayaks

    When collecting baseline solitude, campsite and invasive plant data in remote Wilderness areas throughout the Tongass National Forest, getting to these areas often presents a challenge, most often alleviated by taking a floatplane. However, to survey the greatest distance to help manage the most Wilderness, sea kayaks are needed for swift and efficient transportation. But [...]

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  • Removing Trash to Protect our Treasure

    Removing Trash to Protect our Treasure

      The first 2014 summer Wilderness was a trip to the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness area, where we based camped at Baird Island. Here, we conducted visitor use monitoring, surveyed for invasive plants and completed campsite inventories. Additionally, we picked up a lot of beach trash and cached it on the island. During this trip, we also [...]

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  • A Journey Home: A Canoe Movement in Southeast Alaska, Part 3 of a 4 Part Series

    A Journey Home: A Canoe Movement in Southeast Alaska, Part 3 of a 4 Part Series

    Teaming up with SEARHC for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health After speaking with the board of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (or SEARHC), Doug Chilton was able to secure funding for the One Canoe Society to travel and give paddling workshops throughout Southeast Alaska. He suggested that the canoe society team up with SEARHC’s [...]

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  • Canoe Journeys in Southeast Alaska: Part 2 of a 4 part Series

    Canoe Journeys in Southeast Alaska: Part 2 of a 4 part Series

    Doug Chilton and The One People Canoe Society A decade ago, when his canoe team was invited to race at the Quinault Indian Reservation in Washington state, Doug Chilton was thrilled. The team had trained for weeks and raised enough money to cover travel expenses from their home in Juneau. But when they drove into [...]

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  • Kayaking Kootznoowoo: Report on SCS’s Final Wilderness Trip

    Kayaking Kootznoowoo: Report on SCS’s Final Wilderness Trip

    If wilderness, as its definition attests, is supposed to stand “in contrast with those areas where man and his works dominate the landscape,” then the Kootznoowoo Wilderness of Admiralty Island is serving its purpose well. To camp on the island with the highest density of brown bears on the continent and kayak through waters in [...]

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  • Back to Basics: An Alaskan Wilderness Experience

    Back to Basics: An Alaskan Wilderness Experience

    Almost three months have already gone by since I started my internship with the Sitka Conservation Society, under the supervision of Scott Harris, the Conservation Science Director at SCS. It is now the start of September and I cannot believe how fast time flies by when I am truly enjoying my eye-opening opportunity. It still feels [...]

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  • Speaking for the Trees of the Tongass

    Speaking for the Trees of the Tongass

    If you’ve picked up a book on the Tongass or timber or even just Southeast Alaska, the story of the trees of Prince of Wales Island is probably one with which you’re familiar. But even for an outsider, the story would be hard to miss, as the history of this island has been carved into [...]

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  • Final Summer Boat Cruise

    Final Summer Boat Cruise

    Join the Sitka Conservation Society on their last boat cruise of the season!   On Tuesday, Aug. 19, SCS will set sail with Allen Marine tours to explore the salmon of Sitka Sound.  Lon Garrison, aquaculture director at the Sitka Sound Science Center will be on board as a guide and to answer questions.  Come [...]

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  • The Southeast Sea Otter Story

    The Southeast Sea Otter Story

    The Sitka Conservation Society sponsored a boat cruise through Sitka Sound and Nakwasina Sound on Sunday afternoon, bring visitors from Florida, Columbia, New York, Ireland and even some native Sitkans around the waterways and salmon habitats of the area.  Led by SCS director Andrew Thoms and SCS board member Kitty LaBounty, guests on the Allen [...]

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  • Working the Trail: Report on the Forest Service/SCS Stewardship Trip to White Sulphur

    Working the Trail: Report on the Forest Service/SCS Stewardship Trip to White Sulphur

    The next time I go for a walk in the woods, I’ll be sure to pay attention to the ground beneath my feet. Along with the trees lining it, and the birds flitting above it, and all the animals that may amble across it, a trail itself deserves attention. As easy as it is for [...]

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