Sitka Conservation Society

The Tongass Transition refers to a shift in management on this 17 million acre national forest.  In 2011, the framework was first announced by leaders in the Department of Agriculture. The goal of this management shift is to transition focus from old growth clear cutting to young growth management and a more holistic approach to governing these lands that also integrates a variety of non-timber values on the Tongass.

The Sitka Conservation Society is dedicated to the Tongass National Forest and its rural communities. For this reason, our participation with the Tongass Transition is significant. SCS is working in the field, on the forest and in communities across the region to flesh out our vision, inform our objectives and prepare recommendations for the Tongass Advisory Committee on which, our executive director Andrew Thoms will sit.  We will continue to share our findings, our vision and seek input from our community so that we can best represent our collective vision.

Follow along and learn more about the significance of this transition, why it is necessary and how it will impact our 17 million acre backyard by reading our Understanding the Tongass Transition essay.

Let us know your thoughts and input and reach out to us by email [info@sitkawild.org] or shout out to our twitter account and show us how you enjoy the Tongass or tell us how you want to see America’s largest national forest managed: @sitka_wild . .

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Recent Posts

  • 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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  • Fish Need Trees, Too

    Fish Need Trees, Too

    SCS Board Member, Brendan Jones recently published an article in the New Your Times: “Fish Need Trees, too.” detailing the Forest Service’s poor management of resources in Southeast Alaska,  putting giant, ecologically destructive clear-cuts over protecting habitat for salmon–the backbone of the Southeat Alaskan economy. Brendan writes: This year, though, the fishing fleet in southeast [...]

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  • Adjustments to the Forest Service Budget are a Small Victory for our Forest, Fish and Community!

    Adjustments to the Forest Service Budget are a Small Victory for our Forest, Fish and Community!

    The Sitka Conservation Society and US Forest Service are working with community support and partner organizations to encourage a regional management transition across the Tongass National Forest. Our ultimate goal is that the management of our public lands reflects the collective interests and values of the region’s many stakeholders. We work tirelessly to ensure that [...]

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  • Young-Growth Bike Shelter Installed!

    Young-Growth Bike Shelter Installed!

    Last week, after much anticipation, SCS was able to get the Young Growth bike shelter installed at the Sitka Sound Science Center. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, we encourage you to do so. It’s the product of multiple community partnerships and hard work. This summer SCS produced a video about [...]

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  • Working with communities to study river restoration

    Working with communities to study river restoration

    Scaling local projects to achieve regional impact! The Sitka Conservation Society has entered a strategic partnership with the Tongass National Forest to engage local communities in the assessment of the habitat restoration projects on Twelvemile Creek, Prince of Wales Island. In Sitka over the past several years, we have developed the capacity and partnerships to [...]

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  • Stop “Clear-Cutting” Wilderness and Recreation budgets

    Stop “Clear-Cutting” Wilderness and Recreation budgets

    On the day before Halloween, the US Forest Service announced they were going to reduce the already insufficient $1.1 million dollar Wilderness and Recreation budget for the entire Tongass National Forest by over half a million dollars. This is “budgetary clear-cutting” with the Forest Service already proposing the closure of 12 cabins alongside a reduction in the [...]

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  • “You slice ‘um, we ice ‘um”: a mix of tendering and Tongass Transition advocacy in Southeast

    “You slice ‘um, we ice ‘um”: a mix of tendering and Tongass Transition advocacy in Southeast

    Over the course of the summer, I had a chance to talk to a huge number of fishermen, but our conversations did not happen just at the harbors, docks, or in Sitka’s Pbar. Instead, they occurred on tenders. Tenders are a very important component of Southeast Alaska’s fishing industry and serve fishing boats that are [...]

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  • The Salmon Forest

    The Salmon Forest

    THE TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST AND THE COHO SALMON:  Alaska’s coho fisheries and the Tongass National Forest are closely related. Shot in Sitka over the fishing season of 2013 by Berett Wilber, this photo essay illustrates how conservation and restoration matter  to local fisherman, and why it should matter to you.

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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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