Sitka Conservation Society

Wilderness

SCS was born out of the desire to protect parts of the Tongass forever as designated Wilderness Areas. Since then, we continue to be stewards of our Wilderness and advocate for more Wilderness protection. Our Wilderness crew spends countless hours bushwhacking, paddling, hiking, and climbing to chart on-the-ground conditions. We also seek to connect Sitkans and Tongass residents with their wild places by incorporating volunteers on research trips, educating the public of Wilderness values, and sharing the pristine beauty of Wildernesses locally and nationally.  Learn more about Wilderness designation and the history of Wilderness on Wilderness.net.

Community Wilderness Stewardship Project

The CWSP is an effort to get Sitkans out into our Wilderness Areas to help SCS conduct research and monitoring expeditions. Find out how you can help by volunteering on a research expedition or by collecting data on your next hunting, hiking, kayaking, or fishing trip.

 

 

Wild Places

Check out the Wild places in the Tongass with SCS’s wilderness crew.  Here you can see our interactive map, track the Wilderness Crew in real-time via GPS, see video dispatches from the field, scroll through photos, read our reports.

 

 

Advocacy

Wilderness designation has protected some of the most unique and beautiful places in the Tongass, but there are still threats like climate change, mismanagement, and over-use.  SCS constantly works to protect our Wilderness areas from threats and actively advocate for more Wilderness designation of important ecosystems.

 

 

Climate Change in the Tongass

SCS is keeping a close watch on how climate change affects the Tongass through annual summer field work.  This research, which supplements that being done by the Forest Service and other agencies, includes monitoring changes in ice packs, glaciers, and plant and animal population. While we hate to see the Tongass negatively impacted by global warming, having good data on these changes is crucial for climate change advocacy work that could ultimately prevent future harm.

 

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    Expedition: Rust Lake

    Rust Lake Expedition 2010 One could characterize our hike from Rust Lake in the interior of West Chichagof out to the head of Patterson Bay as many things: ridiculously soggy, heinous bushwhacking, an exercise in patience, pathetically jovial, steep, slippery, but no one could ever characterize it as goldfishing, a term we arrived at after [...]

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  • Expedition: Black Bay 2010

    Expedition: Black Bay 2010

    The expedition to Black Bay on West Chichagof was for the SCS crew to create a baseline for monitoring how well the Wilderness area was functioning. Read Bob Christensen’s report below. black-bay-report

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    Expedition: Red Bluff

    Red Bluff Bay is one of the most iconic places on Baranof Island. The area gets its name from the red, ultramafic (meaning high iron content) of the bedrock outcrop that marks the entrance of the bay. SCS’s Wilderness Crew, accompanied by author Nick Jans, targeted the bluffs as a prime environment to survey for [...]

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  • Expedition: Goulding Lakes

    Expedition: Goulding Lakes

    Goulding Lakes are a series of three large lakes right in the middle of West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness area.  In the summer of 2010, the SCS Wilderness Crew comprised of SCS staff and a number of volunteers, flew into the largest of the lakes with the goal of survey priority areas as they backpacked north to [...]

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    Expedition: Glacier Study

    The 2010 Wilderness Expedition Grant was awarded to the South Baranof Glacier Study.  Check out the final report, watch the video slide show, and read Jonathan and Eli’s stories from the trip.

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  • Expedition: Rezanof Lake

    SCS traveled with Forest Service personnel investigating the decommissioned cabins in Maksoutoff and Rezanof lakes. We conducted invasive and sensitive plant surveys on both Rezanof and Khostof lakes, including the main creek valley at the head of Rezanof Lake and up the northwestern slope of Mt. Hagemeister. We did not locate any invasive plant species [...]

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  • Expedition: Red Bluff 2009

    We spent 5 days at Red Bluff bay conducting Invasive and sensitive plant surveys and solitude monitoring.  Red Bluff was the most heavily used area that we visited in either Wilderness during the 2009 field season.  There were 10 private boats anchored in the bay and 2 parties seen on shore. We did not find [...]

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  • Expedition: Lake Diana

    The Wilderness Ranger and I spent an overnight trip at Lake Diana to monitor a hunting camp and to conduct invasive and sensitive plant surveys. We did extensive clean up of a camp site near the eastern shore of the lake, including trash collection, line removal and consolidating multiple fire rings into one site. We [...]

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  • Expedition: Lake Elfendhal

    Our first attempt to fly to Lake Elfendahl was not successful (due to weather) and we made camp on Lydonia Island.  The second day, a float plane moved us to Lake Elfendahl where we spent 3 days. Lydonia island is small island with a mixture of vegetation types cedar dominated young forest, scrubby mixed conifer, [...]

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