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:

  • Wilderness Project 2011 Final Report

    Wilderness Project 2011 Final Report

    The Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project seeks to connect communities with their local Wilderness areas by facilitating volunteer stewardship and monitoring.  Over the past three years, the project has been an overwhelming success and will be continuing in to 2012 and 2013. This is the Final Report for the 2011 Community Wilderness Stewardship Project.  Components [...]

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  • Parade of Species 2012!

    Parade of Species 2012!

    The 11th Annual Parade of Species, hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society will be held on Earth Day, April 22nd. Parade participants are invited to dress as their favorite animal or plant and join us at Totem Square at 2pm.  The parade will begin at 2:15pm when we will gallop, slither, swim, or fly down [...]

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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 2012 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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  • Alaska Ocean Film Festival

    Alaska Ocean Film Festival

    Alaska Ocean Film Festival   Sheet’ ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House Thursday, March 15th 6:30pm   Admission:$5 Tickets available March 2nd at Old harbor Bookstore or at the door   Brought to the good people of Sitka by the The Alaska Center for the Environment in conjunction with the Sitka Conservation Society     [...]

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  • Wilderness Expedition Grant 2012

    Wilderness Expedition Grant 2012

    Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project Expedition Grant Program Description: The Community Wilderness Stewardship Project monitors the two Wilderness areas that the Sitka Conservation Society helped to create, the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness and the South Baranof Wilderness. We conduct research expeditions to collect data ranging from botanical surveys to small mammal genetic mapping to glacial change [...]

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  • UPDATE 2/6: Boy Scout Troop 40 Adopts the Stikine

    UPDATE 2/6: Boy Scout Troop 40 Adopts the Stikine

    In June of 2012, members of Wrangell’s Boy Scout Troop 40 joined forces with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC), the Sitka Conservation Society (SCS), the United States Forest Service and local volunteers to help remove invasive plants from the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area.  The objective of the trip was to remove the aggressive reed cannery [...]

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  • Take Action: Ask Gov. Parnell to Appoint a Worthy Head of ADF&G

    Take Action: Ask Gov. Parnell to Appoint a Worthy Head of ADF&G

    Earlier this month, the head of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Conservation Division, Corey Rossi, resigned after being charged with 12 violations related to illegal bear hunting.  Rossi was controversial and divisive in his position in the agency, marring ADF&G’s respectability as a science-based organization. Read the 2-part article on the situation [...]

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  • Expedition: Russell Fjord

    Expedition: Russell Fjord

    In the summer of 2011, the SCS Wilderness crew traveled north to Russell Fjord Wilderness to assist the Yakutat ranger district in Wilderness monitoring.  Check out the video, report, and photos to learn more about the project and this uniquely rugged Wilderness. From Disenchantment Bay, at the upper end of Yakutat Bay, heavily glaciated Russell [...]

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  • Wilderness Expedition: Cross Baranof

    Wilderness Expedition: Cross Baranof

    Updated: 1/16/2010 The land enclosed in the borders of South Baranof Wilderness Area is steep, remote, and difficult to travel. Other than the intrepid mountain goat hunters, this area of the Wilderness receives almost no foot traffic. In August of 2011, as part of the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project, as expedition was organized to [...]

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  • Backwoods Lecture: The Other Route Across the Island

    Backwoods Lecture: The Other Route Across the Island

    January 15th 5:00pm (note time change) Kettleson Memorial Library, Sitka Adam Andis from the Sitka Conservation Society leads the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project. The project seeks to involve the community to monitor on-the-ground conditions in local Wilderness Areas. In the summer of 2011, the SCS Wilderness Crew spent countless hours bushwhacking in the field, [...]

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