Sitka Conservation Society

Issues: Community Sustainability

SCS originally formed because Sitka residents were outraged at the large scale clearcutting occurring around their home. They were also very concerned about pollution emitted from the Sitka pulp mill. As SCS has grown, our primary focus has remained on Wilderness and public land protection. However, as residents of Sitka we are obviously very concerned about community issues. In fact, our Community Outreach Coordinator and Community Sustainability Organizer positions were added to help us work in our community, SCS sponsors a Backwoods Lecture Series to help Sitkans learn more about the wildlife and resources of the Tongass. See Our Events Calendar at the bottom of the page for a schedule of SCS events.

Climate Change and Energy

Just because Sitka is a small town, the Sitka Conservation Society does not believe that means it can’t be a national leader in taking on climate change. The idea is that if little Sitka can take progressive steps, why can’t any other community?  To help address climate change in Sitka, SCS has advocated for increasing the city’s hydroelectric capacity and organized energy conservation programs to help individuals improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

 

Local FoodsLocal Foods

At the Sitka Conservation Society we are working towards creating a more resilient food system by supporting local efforts to protect the habitat of wild foods, support traditional harvest/subsistence lifestyles, increase local food production, create access to wild seafood, reform the school lunch program to include local foods, and increase awareness of local fishing culture.

 

Environmental Education

The Sitka Conservation Society provides diverse environmental education programs, which reach hundreds of people from preschool age through retirement age every year. Some of these programs are actually done in the classrooms of local schools, while other programs include public lectures and boat trips for the community at large.

 

 

Recent Posts:

  • Sealaska Bill: A Threat to Public Lands

    Sealaska Bill: A Threat to Public Lands

    Take action to protect your public lands HERE. The following letter was submitted to the Sitka Sentinel by SCS. Dear Editor: The current version of the Sealaska legislation is scheduled for a hearing on April 25th in the Senate Public Lands Subcommittee.  This Sealaska bill is a threat to the public lands of the Tongass and [...]

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  • SCS Recommends: Black Oystercatchers: Their Ecology and History in Sitka Sound

    SCS Recommends: Black Oystercatchers: Their Ecology and History in Sitka Sound

    Black Oystercatchers: Their Ecology and History in Sitka SoundThursday April 18th, 7:30pm room 229.David Tessler is with the Fish and Game http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifediversity.staff

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  • Take Action: Salmon, Water, Alaskans need your help

    Take Action: Salmon, Water, Alaskans need your help

    Salmon, water, and the Alaskans who depend on them need your help! Right now, the Alaska State Senate is debating whether or not they should make it more difficult for Alaskans to protect the water in their backyards for salmon habitat.  HB77, the In-Stream Water Reservations Bill, would convolute an already convoluted public process, eliminating [...]

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  • Entrepreneurial Capacity Development and Local Business Catalyst

    Entrepreneurial Capacity Development and Local Business Catalyst

    Position Title:  Entrepreneurial Capacity Development and Local Business Catalyst Host Organizations:  Sitka Conservation Society  www.sitkawild.org Start-Date:  TBD Duration:  8 months with the potential for expansion based on performance and outcomes Pay Range: $2,500 – 4,000/ month DOE Background:  Rural economies across the United States, and especially in Southeast Alaska, have tended to trend in a [...]

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  • Mapping Tongass Forest Assets

    Mapping Tongass Forest Assets

    The Tongass National Forest is valuable for more than old growth timber clear-cutting: it’s the source of near limitless value to both residents and visitors, if used sustainably. Energy production, recreation, tourism, hunting, fishing, education and subsistence resources all rely on the continued health of the Tongass in order to continue bringing thousands of dollars [...]

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  • Students at Blatchley Love Local Fish Lunches

    Students at Blatchley Love Local Fish Lunches

    Over the last several weeks, Fish to Schools has been teaching 7th graders at Blatchley Middle School about salmon’s journey from the stream to our plates. The students learned about salmon management, gutting and filleting salmon, how local processors operate, how to smoke salmon, and more. After learning this process, the students had incredible things [...]

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  • SCS Recommends:  This Old Window Workshop ~ March 17th
  • A better, safer bridge for young scientists!

    A better, safer bridge for young scientists!

    Last weekend, SCS organized a work party to replace a broken bridge behind Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School. The bridge is used by students who monitor the stream and its surrounding habitat, but it recently sustained serious damage due to rot and falling trees, and became too unsafe for classroom use. Requests were made to [...]

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  • Often Imitated, Never Duplicated: Tongass Wild Salmon

    Often Imitated, Never Duplicated: Tongass Wild Salmon

    Ask anyone where the best salmon is caught, and they’ll answer: Alaska. Ask an Alaskan where the best salmon is caught, and they’ll answer: Southeast. The Wild Salmon fisheries of Southeast Alaska provides nearly 30% of the global supply of wild salmon.  The 57,000 plus miles of rivers, streams, and creeks throughout the Tongass National [...]

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  • SCS Recommends:  Trails of Sitka Talk & Gear Swap

    SCS Recommends: Trails of Sitka Talk & Gear Swap

    Sunday, March 10th, Kettleson Library Get your hiking boots and sneakers ready and plan your next trip on Sitka’s trails. Carin Farley from the National Park Service and Deborah Lyons from Sitka Trail Works will be sharing the latest work on the Sitka trail system.Learn more about the efforts of various agencies, non-profits, and volunteers [...]

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