Sitka Conservation Society

Wilderness 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.

If you value Wilderness and would like to help protect it. Please read about the current issues below and consider taking action by writing a letter in support of Wilderness.

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  • Sail West Chichagof and support SCS

    Sail West Chichagof and support SCS

    Chichagof Island – the name alone can quicken the pulse of anybody from Sitka. Home to the 265,000 acre West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness, it has a coastline only 8 miles shorter than all of the Hawaiian Islands together! Shee Kaax (Chichagof Island) is the fifth largest island in the United States and the 109th largest island in [...]

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  • DC Environmental Film Festival

    DC Environmental Film Festival

    We are very excited to announce that The Meaning of Wild has been accepted to the DC Environmental Film Festival! Please join us for the event March 20th at 6:30pm at the Yates Auditorium (address below). Washington, D.C. Premiere The Meaning of Wild is a documentary film that takes viewers on a journey through one of our [...]

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  • Protect West Chichagof

    Protect West Chichagof

    Designating land as Wilderness is the ultimate step to ensuring its protection in the long-term.  Wilderness designation protects critical habitat from mining, logging, and development while still allowing people to use the land for hunting, fishing, subsistence gathering, recreating, and even making a living from guiding and operating tours. Wilderness was integral to SCS’s formation [...]

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  • The Meaning of Wild, March 9th in Sitka

    The Meaning of Wild, March 9th in Sitka

    SCS will present the Sitka premiere of The Meaning of Wild Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 6-8pm at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.  Tickets $7 available at Old Harbor Books (2/14/2014). Free for kids 10 and under. The film will be accompanied by a selection of wilderness-themed short films,  a photography exhibit and silent auction, and [...]

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  • Stop “Clear-Cutting” Wilderness and Recreation budgets

    Stop “Clear-Cutting” Wilderness and Recreation budgets

    On the day before Halloween, the US Forest Service announced they were going to reduce the already insufficient $1.1 million dollar Wilderness and Recreation budget for the entire Tongass National Forest by over half a million dollars. This is “budgetary clear-cutting” with the Forest Service already proposing the closure of 12 cabins alongside a reduction in the [...]

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  • Running Wild

    Running Wild

    Running Wild from Sitka Conservation Society on Vimeo. Fellow runners, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts,   Pretty incredible wilderness to explore, eh? I wish I could share it with everyone. However, the management of these incredible places is changing–and there is something you can do about it.   Right now, the Chief of the Forest Service Tom [...]

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  • VIDEO: Sitka, Gateway to the Tongass

    VIDEO: Sitka, Gateway to the Tongass

    Film maker Ben Hamilton has captured the essence of the Sitka Community Use Area in this video. In just two minutes find out what makes the Tongass so remarkable: The Tongass National Forest is the largest forest in the National Forest System. Weighing in at 17 million acres, it encompasses almost the entire Southeast Alaska [...]

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  • Announcing: Benefit Sailing Trip to West Chichagof

    Announcing: Benefit Sailing Trip to West Chichagof

    Explore West Chichagof Wilderness with Sitka Conservation Society and Sound Sailing Join us to explore the spectacular and wild coast of West Chichagof-Yakobi Island Wilderness aboard a comfortable 50’ sailing yacht!  And help raise funds for Sitka Conservation Society! We will be travelling from Juneau to Sitka aboard the modern, fast, and roomy S/V BOB [...]

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  • Backwoods Lecture: 300 Years of Wilderness

    Backwoods Lecture: 300 Years of Wilderness

    Ever wonder where the idea of wilderness came from? Follow the first explorers of Alaska, like Georg Steller, the German naturalist aboard the S/V Gabriel with Vitus Bering upon the first “discovery” of Alaska’s coast or the Episcopal priest Hudson Struck who made the first ascent of Denali, as they struggle to frame their experiences [...]

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  • Expedition: Outer Island Survey

    Expedition: Outer Island Survey

    This expedition is part of Sitka Conservation Society’s Community Wilderness Stewardship Project.  The Project, begun in 2009, is a partnership between SCS and the Tongass National Forest Service to collect base-line data on the ecological conditions and human impacts to designated Wilderness areas.  The Tongass NF in Southeast Alaska is the nation’s largest National Forest [...]

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