Sitka Conservation Society

Adam Andis, Communications Director and Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator, first came to Alaska on a multiple week sea kayak trip from Seward to Whittier. Afterwards, he began guiding wilderness sea kayak expeditions for Spirit Walker Expeditions in Gustavus, where he fell in love with the Tongass. In 2010, Andis came to SCS’s where he puts his guiding skills and B.S. in Environmental Studies to work on the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project. In addition to continued preservation and advocacy work with the Wilderness Stewardship Project, he also leads SCS’s efforts to connect to membership through outreach programs, and raise funds for both SCS and the Living Wilderness Fund. Andis is a founder and board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, an organization committed to developing a growing network of volunteer wilderness stewards. He also runs a media and design business, Nunatak Design, and is an American Canoe Association kayaking instructor and Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Recent Posts by Andis:

  • 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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  • Fish Need Trees, Too

    Fish Need Trees, Too

    SCS Board Member, Brendan Jones recently published an article in the New Your Times: “Fish Need Trees, too.” detailing the Forest Service’s poor management of resources in Southeast Alaska,  putting giant, ecologically destructive clear-cuts over protecting habitat for salmon–the backbone of the Southeat Alaskan economy. Brendan writes: This year, though, the fishing fleet in southeast [...]

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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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  • DC Environmental Film Festival

    DC Environmental Film Festival

    We are very excited to announce that The Meaning of Wild has been accepted to the DC Environmental Film Festival! Please join us for the event March 20th at 6:30pm at the Yates Auditorium (address below). Washington, D.C. Premiere The Meaning of Wild is a documentary film that takes viewers on a journey through one of our [...]

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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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  • 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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  • Seeking Summer Wilderness Intern

    Seeking Summer Wilderness Intern

    The Sitka Conservation Society is seeking an applicant to support the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project. The Wilderness Intern will assist SCS’s Wilderness Project manager to coordinate and lead monitoring expeditions during the 2014 summer field season. If interested, please review the position description below and submit a resume and cover letter to Adam Andis [...]

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  • Announcing: Benefit Sailing Trip to West Chichagof

    Announcing: Benefit Sailing Trip to West Chichagof

    Explore West Chichagof Wilderness with Sitka Conservation Society and Sound Sailing Join us to explore the spectacular and wild coast of West Chichagof-Yakobi Island Wilderness aboard a comfortable 50’ sailing yacht!  And help raise funds for Sitka Conservation Society! We will be travelling from Juneau to Sitka aboard the modern, fast, and roomy S/V BOB [...]

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