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:

  • The Future of Kruzof Island

    The Future of Kruzof Island

    The next item on the U.S. Forest Service agenda is the future of Kruzof Island. Decisions are being made regarding future timber operations, upkeep of cabins, shelters & trails, changes to stream & river management. These are decisions that will affect the ecosystems of Kruzof Island, all the myriad animals that depend on those ecosystems, [...]

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  • Sealaska Legislation would create “Corporate Earmarks” that would Privatize some of the most important parcels on the Tongass

    Sealaska Legislation would create “Corporate Earmarks” that would Privatize some of the most important parcels on the Tongass

    Sitkans have been following the threat of the privatization of the very popular Redoubt Lake Falls Sockeye Fishing site over the past years with growing alarm.  There is a pending transfer of the site to the Sealaska Corporation through a vague 14(h)(1)  ANSCA provision that allows selection of “cultural sites.”  The obvious intent of that [...]

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  • Congress vs. the Environment

    Congress vs. the Environment

    As citizens across the country watch the antics of the 112th Congress, we are all left wondering, “where is the leadership we need to take on the challenges we are facing in the world?  When are we going to take care of our environment?  When are we going to move away from fossil fuels to [...]

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  • Ask the Assembly to Protect Redoubt

    Ask the Assembly to Protect Redoubt

    It is getting to be that time of the year when Sitkans begin to digtheir dipnets out of the shed and get them ready for the return of Sockeye at Redoubt Lake.  Luckily, it is still in public hands this year and we can still fish there.  We hope that will be the case forever [...]

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  • Sealaska Land Privatization Bill

    Sealaska Land Privatization Bill

    Background: The Alaska Congressional Delegation has introduced bills in the House and Senate that would take tens of thousands of acres of prime Tongass lands and privatize them by passing them over to the Sealaska Corporation.  The Sitka Conservation Society opposes this legislation and sees it as a threat to the Tongass and to the [...]

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  • Sitka’s Hydroelectricity Maxed Out

    Sitka’s Hydroelectricity Maxed Out

    In 2011, Sitka’s hydroelectric capacity was at the lowest in the last 30 years. The combination of a lower supply due to less rain and a high demand for electric heating forced the City and Borough of Sitka to use hundreds of thousands of gallons for diesel fuel last year alone to supplement the town’s [...]

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  • Take Action: Ask Gov. Parnell to Appoint a Worthy Head of ADF&G

    Take Action: Ask Gov. Parnell to Appoint a Worthy Head of ADF&G

    Earlier this month, the head of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Conservation Division, Corey Rossi, resigned after being charged with 12 violations related to illegal bear hunting.  Rossi was controversial and divisive in his position in the agency, marring ADF&G’s respectability as a science-based organization. Read the 2-part article on the situation [...]

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  • Action Alert: Make Salmon a Priority UPDATED

    Action Alert: Make Salmon a Priority UPDATED

    Make Management and Protection of Wild Alaska Salmon a Priority in the Tongass National Forest! Background: 5 species of Pacific Salmon spawn in the Tongass National Forest. For thousands of years, those salmon have played a key role for the peoples and cultures that make their home on the Tongass. Today, the connections and traditions [...]

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  • Action Alert: Make Wild Alaska Salmon a Priority!

    Action Alert: Make Wild Alaska Salmon a Priority!

    Make Management and Protection of Wild Alaska Salmon a Priority in the Tongass National Forest! Background:  5 species of Pacific Salmon spawn in the Tongass National Forest.  For thousands of years, those salmon have played a key role for the peoples and cultures that make their home on the Tongass.  Today, the connections and traditions [...]

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  • Fishermen at the Capital

    Fishermen at the Capital

    The Sitka Conservation Society is working hard during this Forest Service budget preparing season to advocate for a shift of Tongass funding from a disproportionate logging program to a focus that manages our largest National Forest for Salmon.  It is high time that we made this shift because salmon are the lifeblood of our region [...]

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