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:

  • Trans-Boundary Mines: How will they effect Sitka’s fishing industry?

    Trans-Boundary Mines: How will they effect Sitka’s fishing industry?

    Wednesday, February 27th, 7:00 pm, UAS In Northwest British Columbia there are currently 21 projects either active or in the later stages of exploration. Some of these projects are open pit mines that rival the size of the proposed Pebble Mine.  The fisheries on the Stikine, Unuk, and Taku Rivers are threatened.  Guy Archibald from [...]

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  • First Annual FOOD Film Festival

    First Annual FOOD Film Festival

    Learn what is happening in the Food Movement locally, nationally, and globally. Check out the films, join the roundtable discussion, and tune into Rob Kinneen’s keynote presentation on the use of local and traditional foods. Sink into your chair, munch on some popcorn, and get your taste buds in on the movie-theater experience! Films are [...]

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  • America’s Salmon Forest at the AK Forum Film Fest

    America’s Salmon Forest at the AK Forum Film Fest

    SCS’s short documentary Restoring America’s Salmon Forest was selected to show at the Alaska Forum on the Environment Film Festival on Friday, February 8, 2013 in Anchorage.  The film focuses on a multi-agency effort to increase salmon returns on the Sitkoh River in Southeast Alaska’s Chichagof Island, by improving the spawning and rearing habitat and [...]

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  • The Renewable Energy: People Power used in the Protection of our Wild Salmon

    The Renewable Energy: People Power used in the Protection of our Wild Salmon

    “Aint no power like the power of the people ‘cause the power of the people don’t stop!” We as a community have great potential to create the change we want to see in the world because this change is initiated by something we all have—our voice. We have the ability to envision things differently, contemplate [...]

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  • Expedition: Outer Island Survey

    Expedition: Outer Island Survey

    This expedition is part of Sitka Conservation Society’s Community Wilderness Stewardship Project.  The Project, begun in 2009, is a partnership between SCS and the Tongass National Forest Service to collect base-line data on the ecological conditions and human impacts to designated Wilderness areas.  The Tongass NF in Southeast Alaska is the nation’s largest National Forest [...]

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  • FOOD Film Festival February 22-24

    FOOD Film Festival February 22-24

    A FOOD Film Festival! Learn what is happening in the Food Movement locally, nationally, and globally. Check out the films, join the roundtable discussion, and tune into Rob Kineen’s keynote presentation on the use of local and traditional foods. Sink into your chair, munch on some popcorn, and get your taste buds in on the [...]

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  • Trappers Needed: ISLES Study

    Trappers Needed: ISLES Study

        This past week, I checked an usual piece of luggage with me on the plane down to Albuquerque: a box of frozen Marten, Ermine, and River Otter skulls, femurs, and intestinal parasites. I was delivering my parcel to Steve O. MacDonald and Dr. Joe Cook (who literally wrote the book on Alaskan mammals) [...]

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  • SCS Recommends:  Sitka STOP GMO SALMON Rally

    SCS Recommends: Sitka STOP GMO SALMON Rally

    The event will take place on  Saturday, February 9th, from 1:00 to 1:30 pm, at the Crescent Harbor Shelter. This a quick get together to show public opposition to the pending FDA approval. It’s not too late to comment to the FDA, come learn why and how! I’m inviting the press, so we really want [...]

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  • “Changing Shorelines and the Search for Early Habitation Sites: a Talk by Jim Baichtal, Tongass Forest Geologist”

    “Changing Shorelines and the Search for Early Habitation Sites: a Talk by Jim Baichtal, Tongass Forest Geologist”

    Friday, February 8th, 7:00 pm, UAS, Sitka, Room 220 Learn about research into the interactions of ice, land and sea across Southeast Alaska at the end of the last ice age. Recent discoveries, some in the Sitka area have been used in an attempt to model changing shorelines from the end of the last ice [...]

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  • Local Wood, Local Building: Bike Shelter Coming to Sitka Sound Science Center

    Local Wood, Local Building: Bike Shelter Coming to Sitka Sound Science Center

      Notorious for having bikes chained along its railway, the Sitka Sound Science center is upgrading its parking for those traveling on wheels. The Construction Tech class at Sitka High, under the instruction of Randy Hughey, is building a bike shelter for the Science center made of young growth Sitka spruce and old growth red [...]

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