Sitka Conservation Society

Do you want to do your part to help protect the Tongass and its communities?  Check out the most recent Action Alerts  for immediate steps you can take.  Also, learn about how you can volunteer, get up to date email alerts, and donate to help SCS achieve out mission of protecting the natural environment of the Tongass while supporting the development of sustainable communities in Southeast Alaska.

Write a Letter

In these days of online petitions and emails, you’d be surprised how effective a sincere letter can be.  At SCS, we rely on our members to help us influence decision makers to make smart choices when it comes to the environment and sustainability.

Volunteer

For much of its history, the Sitka Conservation Society was entirely a volunteer organization, and volunteers are still essential to the work we do.  SCS relies on volunteers throughout the year for everything from solitude monitoring in the Wilderness to cleaning up after our annual wild foods potluck to writing letters to members of Congress.

Donate

A Sitka Conservation Society membership can be as little as $30 a year. However, donations beyond the basic level provide substantial support to SCS programing every year.  If you are passionate about keeping the Tongass wild, appreciate the work SCS does, and have the resources to make a larger contribution, we hope you will consider a donation beyond the basic membership level.

Sign up for Action Alerts

You can also stay informed through SCS’s email updates, Action Alerts, and our newsletter, Tracks, which is published 3 times a year to keep our members up to date on Tongass issues and new developments at SCS.

Become a Citizen Scientist

Citizen Scientist are everyday people who help collect valuable data for researchers across the globe.  See which projects you can get involved with.

View our most current Action Alerts below:

  • Sealaska Corporation Lands Bill Moving Quickly Through Congress

    Sealaska Corporation Lands Bill Moving Quickly Through Congress

    The Sealaska Lands Legislation has passed out of committee in both the House and Senate, and could go before the full House and Senate for approval as early as sometime in July.  If approved, the Legislation would privatize over 70,000 acres of the Tongass, including parcels near Sitka at Kalinin Bay, Lake Eva, Fick Cove, [...]

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  • Sealaska Bill: A Threat to Public Lands

    Sealaska Bill: A Threat to Public Lands

    Take action to protect your public lands HERE. The following letter was submitted to the Sitka Sentinel by SCS. Dear Editor: The current version of the Sealaska legislation is scheduled for a hearing on April 25th in the Senate Public Lands Subcommittee.  This Sealaska bill is a threat to the public lands of the Tongass and [...]

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  • Take Action: Salmon, Water, Alaskans need your help

    Take Action: Salmon, Water, Alaskans need your help

    Salmon, water, and the Alaskans who depend on them need your help! Right now, the Alaska State Senate is debating whether or not they should make it more difficult for Alaskans to protect the water in their backyards for salmon habitat.  HB77, the In-Stream Water Reservations Bill, would convolute an already convoluted public process, eliminating [...]

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  • Sealaska Continues to Pursue a “Constellation of In-holdings” Across important areas on the Tongass

    Sealaska Continues to Pursue a “Constellation of In-holdings” Across important areas on the Tongass

    Senator Lisa Murkowski has reintroduced the Sealaska Lands Legislation, with the new version of the bill containing five selections in the Sitka area, some of which are in crucial subsistence and recreation areas. The Sitka-area selections are 15.7 acres at Kalinin Bay, 10.6 acres at North Arm, 9 acres at Fick Cove, 10.3 acres at [...]

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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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  • 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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  • Senator Begich Works to Protect Salmon and Fights GMO Salmon

    Senator Begich Works to Protect Salmon and Fights GMO Salmon

    The Sitka Conservation Society applauds the efforts of Senator Mark Begich to stop the Food and Drug Administration from allowing genetically modified salmon to be produced and sold to consumers.  Senator Begich has called out the FDA for its recent finding that genetically modified salmon will have  “no significant impact” on the environment or public [...]

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  • Sitka Gives a Dam

    Sitka Gives a Dam

    Background: In Sitka, we take climate change seriously–so seriously that the community just invested $96 million dollars into a hydroelection project at Blue Lake that will greatly cut our fossil fuel consumption. The project came at an enormous price, but the benefits to the climate and our quality of life are worth the price.  Unfortunately, [...]

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  • Take Action: Tell the Forest Service to follow through

    Take Action: Tell the Forest Service to follow through

    Background: The US Forest Service has adopted the Tongass Transition Framework, a program intended to shift forest management away from the out-dated and ill-fated old growth logging paradigm toward management that support multiple uses of the forest, including recreation, restoration, subsistence, and second-growth management.  This is an encouraging recognition of the region’s important natural resources, [...]

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  • Salmon Capital:  The Tongass National Forest

    Salmon Capital: The Tongass National Forest

    Sitka Conservation Society board member Richard Nelson spoke on salmon during Sitka Whalefest on the theme of “Cold Rivers to the Sea: Terrestrial Connections to our Northern Oceans.”  He spoke on the subject of one of the greatest manifestations of the connection between the terrestrial forests and the oceans:  our Wild Alaska Salmon. His eloquent [...]

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