Sitka Conservation Society

Follow the SCS Wilderness crew into the wilds!

The Wilderness crew spends countless hours traveling through some of the most wild places in the country to collect data for the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project.  Now you can expeience the adventure too!  Follow the links below to follow the crew in real-time, see videos, slideshows and reports from recent trips, and even get live-updates from the field.

Track the crew- each expedition team carries a SPOT GPS tracking device.  Click the link below to see where the crew is right now.

Expeditions- visit our interactive map of the Tongass to see where past expeditions have gone.  Click on white markers for Wilderness Project trips.  Also be sure to check out recent trip posts below.

Recent Expeditions:

  • Saint Lazaria

    Saint Lazaria

        We sat quietly in the colony struggling not to make noise for fear of scaring the birds.  It was about ten o’clock at night and the sun was still setting.  To the west the sun sank over the horizon and the last few flickers of light colored the approaching clouds.  To our east [...]

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  • Hoonah Sound to Lisianski Strait to Goulding Harbor:  A Chichagof Wilderness Expedition through Intact Watersheds

    Hoonah Sound to Lisianski Strait to Goulding Harbor: A Chichagof Wilderness Expedition through Intact Watersheds

    Anyone that tells you there is a trail between Hoonah Sound and Lisianski Strait because “it’s on the map,” has never been there on foot. This is because there is no trail there!   An SCS Wilderness Groundtruthing team recently explored that area on the Tongass and confirmed that the only trails available are the ones [...]

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  • Wilderness: A glimpse at the American experience

    Wilderness: A glimpse at the American experience

    Wilderness: A glimpse at the American experience While studying visitor use in wilderness areas is an everyday part of my job, I’ve found that explaining what makes a wilderness area different from a large grouping of trees has become the largest secondary part of my work experience. So what does make the land outside of [...]

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  • Meet Paul: Wilderness Intern

    Meet Paul: Wilderness Intern

        Hello Friends, This summer I have the great opportunity of interning with the Sitka Conservation Society and the United States Forest Service’s Sitka Ranger District. I am excited for getting on with my duties revolving around visitor use studies in the Tongass National Forest and sharing my experiences. So without further ado let [...]

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  • Exciting Opportunities to Piggy-back with SCS and Reach Remote Locations!

    Exciting Opportunities to Piggy-back with SCS and Reach Remote Locations!

    The Sitka Conservation Society field crews are doing remote field work throughout the Tongass this summer.   Our field work this summer includes salmon-habitat restoration work at Sitkoh River and Sitkoh Lake, ecosystem conservation and connectivity work in Hoonah Sound, invasive plant removal in Wilderness Areas, helping teach a visiting University course on Alaska’s Forests, Fisheries [...]

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  • Kayak Skills/Rescue & Wilderness Monitoring Training

    Kayak Skills/Rescue & Wilderness Monitoring Training

    Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 2012, 10am-5pm ACA instructors Adam Andis and Darrin Kelly will teach all of the skills you need to be a safe and confident paddler, so that you can get out and enjoy our coastal wilderness areas and volunteer with the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project to collect needed [...]

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  • “Calvin” Cave

    “Calvin” Cave

    CALVIN CAVE is named for Jack Calvin one of the original founders of the Sitka Conservation Society who helped to protect West Chichagof as a Wilderness area.  The following report and map were produced by Kevin Allred with the Tongass Cave Project.  Kevin joined the SCS Wilderness crew on a trip to West Chichagof in [...]

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  • Seeking Summer Wilderness Intern

    Seeking Summer Wilderness Intern

    The Sitka Conservation Society is seeking an applicant to support the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project. The Wilderness Intern will assist SCS’s Wilderness Project manager to coordinate and lead monitoring expeditions during the 2012 summer field season. If interested, please review the position description below and submit a resume and cover letter to Adam Andis [...]

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  • Wilderness Expedition Grant 2012

    Wilderness Expedition Grant 2012

    Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project Expedition Grant Program Description: The Community Wilderness Stewardship Project monitors the two Wilderness areas that the Sitka Conservation Society helped to create, the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness and the South Baranof Wilderness. We conduct research expeditions to collect data ranging from botanical surveys to small mammal genetic mapping to glacial change [...]

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  • UPDATE 2/6: Boy Scout Troop 40 Adopts the Stikine

    UPDATE 2/6: Boy Scout Troop 40 Adopts the Stikine

    In June of 2012, members of Wrangell’s Boy Scout Troop 40 joined forces with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC), the Sitka Conservation Society (SCS), the United States Forest Service and local volunteers to help remove invasive plants from the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area.  The objective of the trip was to remove the aggressive reed cannery [...]

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