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:

  • Expedition: Russell Fjord

    Expedition: Russell Fjord

    In the summer of 2011, the SCS Wilderness crew traveled north to Russell Fjord Wilderness to assist the Yakutat ranger district in Wilderness monitoring.  Check out the video, report, and photos to learn more about the project and this uniquely rugged Wilderness. From Disenchantment Bay, at the upper end of Yakutat Bay, heavily glaciated Russell [...]

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  • Wilderness Expedition: Cross Baranof

    Wilderness Expedition: Cross Baranof

    Updated: 1/16/2010 The land enclosed in the borders of South Baranof Wilderness Area is steep, remote, and difficult to travel. Other than the intrepid mountain goat hunters, this area of the Wilderness receives almost no foot traffic. In August of 2011, as part of the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project, as expedition was organized to [...]

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  • Backwoods Lecture: The Other Route Across the Island

    Backwoods Lecture: The Other Route Across the Island

    January 15th 5:00pm (note time change) Kettleson Memorial Library, Sitka Adam Andis from the Sitka Conservation Society leads the Sitka Community Wilderness Stewardship Project. The project seeks to involve the community to monitor on-the-ground conditions in local Wilderness Areas. In the summer of 2011, the SCS Wilderness Crew spent countless hours bushwhacking in the field, [...]

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  • Expedition: Stag Bay

    Expedition: Stag Bay

    In the summer of 2010, the SCS Wilderness crew packed up and headed north for an attempt at circumnavigating Yakobi Island by kayak. The weather and health of the crew were not cooperating, so paddling around Yakobi was not an option. Instead, the crew traveled to Stag Bay across Lisianski Strait, which turned out to [...]

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  • Expedition: West Chichagof

    Expedition: West Chichagof

    West Chichagof Wilderness has always been near and dear to our hearts here at SCS, in fact we probably wouldn’t be here today if our founders hadn’t fought for its protection (check out the whole history here).  And we still protect it today, by monitoring on the ground conditions that lead to effective management decisions [...]

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  • Expedition: Goat Research 2011

    Expedition: Goat Research 2011

    Late in the summer of 2011, Forest Service ranger Darrin Kelly and SCS volunteer Stacey Woolsey set out to Avoss Lake in the South Baranof Wilderness Area to collect data on Baranof’ Island’s goat population.Read the goat_research_flyer and the goat_trip_report for more information.

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  • Expedition: Stikine Wilderness

    Expedition: Stikine Wilderness

    Sitka Conservation Society partnered with the Tongass National Forest to control invasive plant populations in the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness located on the mainland of southeast Alaska. The main objective was to control the spread of  Reed Canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea).  

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  • Expedition: Pleasant Island 2011

    Expedition: Pleasant Island 2011

    Pleasant Island is located just one mile from the community of Gustavus and is used by many for recreation and hunting. SCS partnered with Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and the US Forest Service to address the threats and problems to the Pleasant Island Wilderness Area. Click on the report to learn more.  PIReport_Small

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  • Expedition: Rust Lake

    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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