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:

  • 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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  • Painting the Wilderness: Report on the Forest Service’s Annual Artist Trip

    Painting the Wilderness: Report on the Forest Service’s Annual Artist Trip

    This past week, I, along with SCS co-workers Paul Killian and Tracy Gagnon, had the privilege of introducing Ray Geier, a talented artist from Boulder, Colorado, and a recipient of one of the Forest Service’s annual artist residencies, to Southeast Alaska. Our destination was South Baranof, designated wilderness in 1980 under ANILCA, where we spent [...]

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  • Hanging out with Captain Hook

    Hanging out with Captain Hook

    Denise and Maureen have been friends for 15 years.  They both participate in the same women’s group in Fort Collins, Colorado and love to travel.  In the past, their adventures have taken them to India and Thailand.  But, this summer, they set their sights on Alaska and they are already planning their return. On their [...]

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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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  • Subsistence in Wilderness

    Subsistence in Wilderness

    The day we headed out from Hoonah was like most days in Southeast Alaska. Grey clouds diffused the light and an almost imperceptible rain left everything damp.  We were headed to the Inian Islands, a cluster of knobby isles on the western end of Icy Strait, just inside the entrance to Cross Sound.  Our trip [...]

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  • SCS Summer Cruises Take Off With a Look at Wilderness

    SCS Summer Cruises Take Off With a Look at Wilderness

    On Tuesday night, June 10, just over 40 people gathered at Crescent Harbor to embark on a three hour boat cruise that travelled out of Sitka Sound, all the way to West Crawfish Inlet and back. Fresh off the plane from Boston, MA, I was lucky enough to be one of those participants, and had [...]

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  • Wilderness Volunteers Needed: Summer 2014

    Wilderness Volunteers Needed: Summer 2014

    Interested in volunteering with the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project?  This year we’ll have a number of opportunities for you to get into the field with SCS staff and USFS Wilderness Rangers to help collect monitoring data, remove invasive weeds, and enjoy our amazing Wilderness areas. Below are the trips and dates with spots available for [...]

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  • Sail West Chichagof and support SCS

    Sail West Chichagof and support SCS

    Chichagof Island – the name alone can quicken the pulse of anybody from Sitka. Home to the 265,000 acre West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness, it has a coastline only 8 miles shorter than all of the Hawaiian Islands together! Shee Kaax (Chichagof Island) is the fifth largest island in the United States and the 109th largest island in [...]

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  • Karta River: Classroom in the Wilderness

    Karta River: Classroom in the Wilderness

    Think back to those boring days during school, when you would tune out the teacher’s voice, stare out the window, and daydream about being outside. Well, if you were a student at Craig High School, no dreaming would be necessary. For the past few years, Wilderness Rangers with the Forest Service have been working with [...]

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  • The Meaning of Wild, March 9th in Sitka

    The Meaning of Wild, March 9th in Sitka

    SCS will present the Sitka premiere of The Meaning of Wild Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 6-8pm at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.  Tickets $7 available at Old Harbor Books (2/14/2014). Free for kids 10 and under. The film will be accompanied by a selection of wilderness-themed short films,  a photography exhibit and silent auction, and [...]

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