Sitka Conservation Society


Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) has been working to protect the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska and Sitka’s quality of life since 1967. We are based in the small coastal town of Sitka, Alaska, located on the west coast of Baranof Island in the heart of the Tongass National Forest.

The Tongass National Forest, at 17 million acres, is the largest national forest in the U.S.and the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. The Tongass, which comprises almost all of Southeast Alaska, is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, but it is owned by all U.S.citizens.

We have the dual goals of protecting the Coastal Temperate Rainforests of Southeast Alaska and developing economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable communities living within the Tongass National Forest. Our tools include traditional grassroots advocacy, innovative collaborative partnerships, educating the next generation of conservation leaders, and well-honed defensive techniques.
Please check out our program areas below to learn more about our work and the places we love.

Our Tongass programs include the work we do on-the-ground to protect and restore this great place.

Threats to the Tongass






In Sitka, we have the opportunity to develop our communities in harmony with our environment.  Our Community programs are directed toward achieving that goal.

Climate Change and Energy Conservation

Local Foods

Environmental Education

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