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:

  • Hunting for Meaning

    Hunting for Meaning

    If you had asked me a few years ago what I thought about hunting I probably would have said I didn’t like it. I appreciated the whole wild food thing but hunting = killing. And that was bad. Or wrong. Or something. But today I was called a huntress…let me explain. Saturday was the day [...]

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  • VIDEO: Sitka, Gateway to the Tongass

    VIDEO: Sitka, Gateway to the Tongass

    Film maker Ben Hamilton has captured the essence of the Sitka Community Use Area in this video. In just two minutes find out what makes the Tongass so remarkable: The Tongass National Forest is the largest forest in the National Forest System. Weighing in at 17 million acres, it encompasses almost the entire Southeast Alaska [...]

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  • Voices of the Tongass – Squid Fishing

    Voices of the Tongass – Squid Fishing

    This week’s episode of  Voices of the Tongass features, Squid Fishing, a poem written and recited by Berett Wilber, who was born and raised in Sitka. Her collection of poems, entitled Lesser Known Marine Mammals Lesser Known Love Songs, won the departmental prize for poetry this year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she has [...]

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  • Voices of the Tongass – Bailey

    Voices of the Tongass – Bailey

    Today’s episode of Voices of the Tongass features a story from Bailey Brady about growing up on a float house. To listen to the show, scroll to the bottom of this post. For more of Bailey’s stories, read on… At 20, Bailey Brady has had fewer chances than most to get her feet planted firmly [...]

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  • August Green Drinks – Wednesday, August 14th

    August Green Drinks – Wednesday, August 14th

    Join us for the next Green Drinks on Wednesday, August 14th beginning at 5:30 pm at the Baranof Brewing Company.  SCS Community Organizer Ray Friedlander will host.  See you there.

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  • Voices of the Tongass – Carina

    Voices of the Tongass – Carina

    Today’s episode of Voices of the Tongass features a story from Carina Nichols about growing up fishing. To listen to the show, scroll to the bottom of this post. For more of Carina’s stories, read on… Carina Nichols is 26 years old, and is currently working to become an optometrist. Behind the desk of the [...]

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  • Summer Boat Tour Series: Sitka’s Salmon

    Summer Boat Tour Series: Sitka’s Salmon

    The Summer Boat Tour Series continues on Tuesday August 13th, from 5:30 to 8pm, exploring Sitka’s Salmon.  Come learn about their life cycle, how hatcheries influence salmon populations, and how there are salmon in the trees!  TIckets can be purchased with cash or checks from Old Harbor Books 201 Lincoln Street for $35 or (if [...]

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  • Rivers and trees

    Rivers and trees

    This is a story of a small place – a sandbar -, in a big place – the Red Bluff River -, in an even bigger place – the South Baranof Wilderness -, and, well, we won’t even get into the Tongass and beyond. Over a week of work in Red Bluff Bay this week, [...]

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  • Fishing Lines and Family Ties

    Fishing Lines and Family Ties

    I wake up groggy, almost hit my head on the fo’c’s’le ceiling when I climb up the ladder into the pilot house. When Dad sees me, he says “Hey! Get your rain gear on! We need your help!” And then ten minutes later, I’m out in the pit, my gloves wrist deep in the belly [...]

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  • Restoring our Forest

    Restoring our Forest

    Is it possible to restore clear-cut areas of the Tongass National Forest back to their original composition? While this question will remain unanswered for generations, we do know some things about restoration in the Tongass. Trees regrow in logged areas, with the assistance of people or not. However, the natural succession of second-growth forest in [...]

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