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: Red Bluff

    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

    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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