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:

  • Eliminating Waste and Export with Good Faith (5 of 6 part series)

    Eliminating Waste and Export with Good Faith (5 of 6 part series)

    <—”We aren’t really city folk”: Keith Landers and H&L Salvage (4 of 6 part series)   Good Faith Lumber, far surpassed our expectations as far as size and workload. Good Faith is owned by three Thorne Bay residents with a combined experience in the wood industry of over 92 years!  We walked around the facility [...]

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  • “We aren’t really city folk”: Keith Landers and H&L Salvage (4 of 6 part series)

    “We aren’t really city folk”: Keith Landers and H&L Salvage (4 of 6 part series)

    We rolled up to our next stop to visit Keith Landers at H&L Salvage. Keith has been making shingles here for twenty years. In the last decade, H&L began manufacturing dimensional lumber as well. Landers was eager to chat and there was no shortage, or filter, to the wisdom he was willing to share about [...]

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  • Harvesting Musicwood from the Rainforest: Meet Larry the Logger (3 of 6 part series)

    Harvesting Musicwood from the Rainforest: Meet Larry the Logger (3 of 6 part series)

    <—- “Just Listen”: Meet A Family of Musicwood Producers (2 of 6 part series) We rambled down a maze of logging roads in search of the bucket Larry left by the road to signify our pulloff. Eventually, we spotted the bucket and a sedan pulled conspicuously off the gravel. We were greeted  by Larry Trumble [...]

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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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  • “Just Listen” :  Brent and Annette, A Family of Musicwood Producers (2 of 6 part series)

    “Just Listen” : Brent and Annette, A Family of Musicwood Producers (2 of 6 part series)

    <—- Investigating a Responsible Timber Industry on the Tongass: A Conservationist’s Perspective (1 of 6 part series) We ambled down the road and through the rain to our first lesson in woodworking. Alaska Specialty Woods (ASW), co-owned by Brent and Annette Cole,  is a major soundboard producer on the island. We pulled into the drive [...]

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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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  • What’s Cooking Sitka?

    What’s Cooking Sitka?

    Sitka Kitch is the recent community food project that arose from the 2013 Sitka Health Summit. SCS is spearheading this effort along with a committee of dedicated volunteers.  The overall goal of Sitka Kitch is to improve health, provide a new community resource and promote community development; all through the lens of food security. SCS has a [...]

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  • Celebrating Fish to Schools in 2013-2014

    Celebrating Fish to Schools in 2013-2014

    In 2010 local fish was absent from the school lunch menu–now, less than four years later local fish is offered at every school in Sitka. It all started at Blatchley Middle School and along the way Keet Gooshi Heen, Pacific High, Mount Edgecumbe High, Sitka High, and SEER Schools joined the ranks. With a hugely [...]

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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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  • Understanding the Tongass Transition

    Understanding the Tongass Transition

    Understanding ‘The Tongass Transition’: What It Means for Our Backyard Maybe you’ve seen or heard some of these terms being thrown around our website, news publications, in conversations or radio pieces: the Tongass Transition, the Tongass Land Management Plan, Second Growth, Young Growth, Old Growth, Tongass Advisory Committee. Maybe not. Either way, lets look at [...]

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