Living Wilderness Fund


  • Contribute to the Living Wilderness Fund
  • The best way to ensure the future of the Tongass is a legacy gift

    The Living Wilderness Fund is an endowment that honors the legacy of our founders and promotes the continued protection of our treasured wilderness. The wilderness of Southeast Alaska provides clean water, fresh air, bountiful salmon, and unparalleled inspiration to all of us who live here. Our wilderness acts as a refuge, providing space for species that are highly threatened elsewhere like the brown bears, Pacific salmon, wolves, and bald eagles.

    When you contribute to the Living Wilderness Fund, you support healthy forests and coastlines that will sustain future generations. In protecting wilderness, you ensure that the forests of the Tongass and our Southeast Alaska way of life continue. Our founders realized decades ago that they could leave a legacy of wilderness for the future. And now people like Eric and Pam Bealer and Greg Killinger have continued this tradition of living with the land and building community in the Tongass. We honor these individuals and their inspiration sustains our work. You can learn more about these Alaskan wilderness heroes below.

    What is the Living Wilderness Fund?

    The Living Wilderness Fund is an endowment for a wilderness advocate staff position at SCS who will work to ensure that future generations can experience the spectacular wilderness we cherish.

    Your gift will remain untouched, and only the interest from the fund will be used. 

    Legacy gifts are often the best way to contribute to the Living Wilderness Fund and are an important source of long-term support for wilderness.

    If you would like to contribute to the Living Wilderness Fund:

    1. Download our Legacy Giving Guide to learn more about making a gift to the fund

    2. Contact us at info@sitkawild.org or 907-747-7509 if you would like to discuss your options for giving.

    3. If you would prefer to contribute to the Fund online, please click here.

    How will the LWF be used as it grows?

    As the Living Wilderness Fund grows, it will increasingly support the efforts of the Sitka Conservation Society to protect existing Wilderness Areas while advocating for additional Wilderness designations in the Tongass.  The Fund currently encompasses just under $800,000.

    When the Fund reaches $1 million:

    At $1 million the interest will pay for a full-time wilderness advocacy position. This position will ensure that our Wilderness areas are constantly monitored, that threats to Wilderness are tracked and countered, and that emphasis is maintained on stricter protections and advocacy for additional Wilderness designations.

    When the Fund reaches $1.5 million:

    Once the fund reaches $1.5 million or more, the interest will fund an entire Wilderness program budget including full-time salary and project expenses, which would be independent of the general SCS budget. This means that no matter what the political or economic climate, SCS will always be true to our founders’ vision of Wilderness advocacy, and SCS will have more resources free to focus on other issue affecting the Tongass.

    Celebrating the passion for the Tongass and the lives of:

    Margot Adams Susan Neuhauser Atlee Rachel Baldwin Eric and Pam Bealer
    Anita Behnken Ian Blair Jack and Sasha Calvin Richard Carstensen
    Helen Hooper Drury Ruth Dunbar Sally Duncombe Robert J. Ellis
    Ward Eldridge Greg Killinger Marcel and Connie LaPerriere Don Muller
    Jack and Judy Ozment William Stortz Chuck Thoms Richard Nelson

    Letting Go, a wood engraving by Eric Bealer. SCS is honored that the Bealers contributed their estate to the Living Wilderness Fund.

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