Sitka Conservation Society

Sitka Conservation Society

@sitkawild

Protecting the natural environment of the Tongass National Forest and supporting the development of sustainable communities in Southeast Alaska
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Happy first day of fall from the Tongass National Forest! 🍂As a temperate rainforest, the Tongass isn't world famous for its fall colors, but maybe it should be—you only have to hike through a muskeg or up to the alpine to see gorgeous flushes of red, orange, and yellow. . Sign our petition to protect the Tongass and keep public lands public: bit.ly/ProtectAKPublicLands (or follow the link in bio) . 📸: @muskeg

2 Days ago
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Sarah, a sophomore at @uafairbanks from Hydaburg, said the chance to get real-world research experience got her interested in studying the effects of sea otter predation on shellfish with UAF-based researcher Sonia Ibarra. "Working with Sonia, she's showing me how to pair traditional knowledge with science." Programs like Sonia's encourage local students to view science as a tool for answering questions that are important to their culture, families, and communities. . Photo and story by @robosienna. Check out Sienna's full story for more about young Alaskans training to be the next generation of land managers and scientists: bit.ly/AKYouth

4 Days ago
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Welcome to Sitka, Caitlin! Caitlin is our new Public Lands Communication Fellow, working with both SCS and the Forest Service to get the word out about the incredible resources our public lands have to offer. Originally from Chicago, Caitlin studied Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale. After graduating in 2017, she spent the summer in Kentucky developing and implementing self-guided tours for a botanical garden. . During her year in Sitka, Caitlin hopes to learn how to live in harmony with her natural surroundings and encourage others to do the same. She's excited to get outside and explore the countless mountains, streams, coves, and forests the Tongass National Forest and Sitka have to offer!

5 Days ago
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The rich purple-brown coloring of chocolate lilies is beautiful to see during a hike through a muskeg, but these flowers are also known for their stinky scent, which attracts pollinating flies. You can spot chocolate lilies dotting the coast along streambanks and estuaries. Though they bloom during the late spring and early summer, chocolate lily bulbs can be harvested during the fall. Called Kóox in Tlingit, the kernels of the bulbs can be eaten—many say they resemble rice. . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

6 Days ago
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Meet the very first Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students (TRAYLS) crew! These young Alaskans spent their summer in Klawock learning to work outdoors in the challenging conditions of the Tongass National Forest. Founded to help Alaskan youth learn forestry-related and outdoor work skills, TRAYLS is preparing Alaska's next generation of workers for careers in the forest stewardship sector. TRAYLS is a shining example of what types of programs are recommended by and made possible under 2016's Tongass Land Management Plan implementation. Programs like this ensure that the Tongass will be able to support future generations who live and work here. . Want to meet the TRAYLS crew and learn more about workforce development programs in Southeast Alaska? Check out this fascinating, reflective story by our Alaska Youth and Futures Intern, Sienna Reid, originally published in Capital City Weekly: bit.ly/AKYouth . 📸: @robosienna

6 Days ago
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Feeling fancy? Huckleberry season is almost over, but whether you've stocked your freezer or are still scrambling to pick these delicious berries, huckleberry frozen yogurt is easy to make! Just follow this recipe by @skaggscooks: Combine 3 cups frozen huckleberries, 1/2 cup yogurt, 4 tbs honey (or to taste), and 2 tbs lemon juice in a food processor. For best results, freeze overnight, but if you're like us and can't wait, enjoy it right away! . So many of the best places to pick berries in Sitka are on the Tongass National Forest. Protect our access to local wild foods by signing our petition to keep our public lands public: bit.ly/ProtectAKPublicLands . @between.mountains

9 Days ago
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Sean—pictured here after a rainy afternoon of fruit tree planting—moved to Sitka last month as a Jesuit Volunteer with @jvcnorthwest. He will be leading the Sitka Spruce Tips club, Sitka's local 4-H Alaska Way of Life program. "4-H is compelling to me because it provides experiential learning for kids of all ages to engage with their home in the Tongass National Forest," he says. "4-H gives Sitka's kids a better sense of community, develops their skills and knowledge of sustainable living, and empowers them to be stewards of the Tongass, protecting this place for future generations." Welcome to 4-H and to Sitka, Sean! . We're looking for 4-H volunteers! If that's you, contact claire @sitkawild.org . 📸: @between.mountains

10 Days ago
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Clinging to rocks on the depths of the ocean floor, kelp provides a home for all kinds of marine creatures. Sea urchins, snails, fish, sea otters, sea lions, and whales all gather to take advantage of the rich food sources and hiding places in kelp forests, like this one in the West Chichagof/Yakobi Wilderness. It's an especially important spot for the herring that lay their eggs in the dense kelp every year. MacroMonday . You can protect Wilderness areas like West Chichagof by telling your elected reps to keep public lands public. Sign our petition: bit.ly/ProtectAKPublicLands . @bethanysgoodrich

13 Days ago
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What a stunning visual of resistance. Seven women from the tiny coastal town of Tenakee Springs use the tides to demonstrate how devastating the predicted rise in sea levels due to climate change will be. . Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the lower 48 due to a phenomenon called Arctic amplification. "The cool thing is people do have the power to slow and at some point stop rising seas, if they work together to get past fossil fuels," said Wendy Stern, the woman at the top of the rock.

16 Days ago
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Nothing like planting trees in the rain! Alaska Way of Life 4-H participants, leaders, and volunteers gathered at Pacific High School in Sitka to plant an orchard yesterday, funded by the USDA Forest Service and AK Division of Forestry. Shout out to our past 4-H leader @jtawni for successfully writing the grant to bring these fruit trees to Sitka, adding to our bounty of local foods and teaching 4-H participants about the environmental and community benefits of planting trees. 🌳🍎🍐 . We're looking for 4-H volunteers! To get involved, contact claire @sitkawild.org. . 📸: @between.mountains

17 Days ago
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Grab a beer, get a campaign update, and talk fish! @salmonbeyondborders is coming to Sitka one week from now on Wednesday, September 13th! Come to the Mean Queen at 7 pm to learn more about our most productive transboundary salmon rivers and how we can defend and sustain the rivers, our jobs, and our ways of life. . 📸: @bluebirdshoulders

18 Days ago
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Beautiful view of Beaver Lake in the Tongass National Forest from a hike during Labor Day weekend. We appreciate the work of Forest Service employees who are out on the ground getting things done, including building trails like these for us to enjoy and restoring salmon stream habitats. We're also grateful that our public lands contribute so hugely to employment and income in our local economy, through fishing, tourism, and more. TongassAtWork . 📸: @bluebirdshoulders

19 Days ago
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WOW 1,000 followers! We are so grateful for all of you who have chosen to follow our stories and adventures here. Thank you for sharing our love of the Tongass National Forest, and for doing your part to keep public lands public and ensure that future generations can enjoy these amazing places, too. Our public lands are the basis for our heritage, cultures, ecosystems, economy, and ways of life—what could be more worth celebrating? 🤗🎈 . Message us to get involved with our efforts to protect the Tongass and all that it makes possible! 🌲⛰🐟 . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

23 Days ago
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Citrus herb-crusted Alaskan salmon. Pan-seared Alaskan halibut. Salmon Caesar salad. These dishes sound like items on the delicious menu of a five star restaurant, and they're being served right here in Sitka: in the cafeteria and to patients at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. . Since Lexie Smith began as Executive Chef just over a year ago, she has been working to integrate local, wild seafood into the both the patient and cafeteria menus at SEARHC. "Patients are seeing doctors, but we cater to the idea that it's a holistic healing process and food plays a part in that," Smith says, recognizing both the health and cultural benefits of local food. . Photo and story by @lioneclarephotography. For more on Smith and local seafood at SEARHC, head over to our blog (link in bio).

24 Days ago
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"We donate to Fish to Schools because it's an amazing program. We want kids growing up in Sitka to know that they're in a fishing community and that they're part of it. We want them to benefit from the abundance that nurtures this community." . Join Tele and Joel to make sure that all kids in Sitka schools eat nutritious, locally-caught fish throughout the year. Our annual Fish to Schools Coho Donation Drive ends tomorrow, August 31, so now's your chance! To donate, just sign up and indicate the number of coho you would like to donate as you offload at either SPC or Sitka Sound Seafoods. . 📸: @between.mountains

25 Days ago
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I remember turning around and seeing this incredibly moody lighting. My inner photographer was screaming, "Get out your camera!" So I did, and probably took about 100 photos of these beautiful lands doing their thing. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases some of the ways we enjoy our public lands.

31 Days ago
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Why are fishermen important? Because they donate the salmon that Sitka kids eat in school lunches all year long! . If you're a commercial fisherman, you can donate to the Fish to Schools Annual Coho Donation Drive, which runs now through August 31 at both SPC and Sitka Sound Seafoods. . To donate, just sign up and indicate the number of coho you'd like to donate as you offload. For more information, contact SCS at sophie @sitkawild.org or call 747-7509.

32 Days ago
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Salmon-derived nitrogen has been found in trees more than 500 yards away from salmon streams in the Tongass National Forest. The fish feed the forest when they come upstream to spawn, completing their vital lifecycle. . Did you miss our screening of "The Salmon Forest"? It's available for rent or purchase online: salmonforest.com . 📸: @pioneerstudios

33 Days ago
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🗣 Calling all commercial fishermen: YOU can make sure all kids in Sitka schools are eating nutritious, locally-caught fish for lunch throughout the year! We're running our annual Fish to Schools Coho Donation Drive from now through August 31 at both SPC and Sitka Sound Seafoods. . Donating is easy! Just sign up and indicate the number of coho you would like to donate as you offload. Call SCS or email sophie @sitkawild.org with any questions. . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

37 Days ago
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Being in the right place at the right time with a camera in hand can yield some of the most beautiful shots of our public lands. After reaching the bottom of Cross Mountain, I was greeted with this amazing sunset on our ride home. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases some of the ways we all enjoy our public lands.

38 Days ago
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We're still dreaming about last week's sunny Alaska Wild Salmon Day lunch with @akgovbillwalker! Thanks to Chef Colette at Ludvig's Bistro in Sitka for this gorgeous plate. . Do you run or do you know a local Sitka business that uses Alaska wild salmon? Let us know and we might feature you on our social media! . 📸: @bluebirdshoulders

39 Days ago
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I love hiking throughout our public lands and summiting the high peaks within them. It's a really humbling feeling, being on top of a mountain. You realize you are a mere speck compared to the vast wilderness around you. There are 1,607 square miles of wild landscapes on Baranof Island alone. You could spend a lifetime hiking it and never see it all, and I love that. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases some of the ways we all enjoy our public lands.

40 Days ago
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The rivers are filling up with salmon as they return to the Tongass National Forest to spawn. Who do they meet along their journey? Fishermen, sport fishing guides, Tlingit and Haida communities, Forest Service scientists, tourists, artists, and more... We are all connected through salmon. . Tonight, we're screening the brand new documentary, "The Salmon Forest," at the Mean Queen (lower level) at 7 pm in Sitka. Join us for this epic story of salmon! . 🎥: @pioneerstudios

41 Days ago
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Chasing the sunset on Harbor Mountain, which is accessible by trail right from Sitka. I love finding a good reflection when I'm out in the wild public lands surrounding us, and I could not pass this one up. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases some of the ways we all enjoy our public lands.

44 Days ago
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"I'm a real wild salmon believer. " - Governor Bill Walker, celebrating Alaska Wild Salmon Day in Sitka. We welcomed him Sitka-style with a big wild salmon lunch prepared by Ludvig's Bistro. So many different Sitkans, all with their own ties to salmon, showed up to celebrate. . Andrew, our executive director, and Perry Edwards, Tongass National Forest Sitka District Ranger, talked with the Governor about our partnership work to protect salmon habitat in the Tongass National Forest. "The forest made this fish," said Perry. . 📸: @bluebirdshoulders

45 Days ago
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We're jumping for joy because Alaska Wild Salmon Day is finally here! Tell us in the comments why you love Alaskan wild salmon. 👇🐟 . Video from "The Salmon Forest" by @pioneerstudios. Come see the film on Monday at the Mean Queen (lower level) in Sitka, 7-8 pm!

45 Days ago
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TOMORROW is Alaska Wild Salmon Day! . What better way to celebrate than to join us for a screening of "The Salmon Forest"! It's a new documentary film that follows salmon as they travel from the rivers of the Tongass National Forest out to sea and back to spawn. Meet the people that interact with salmon along their epic journey, like Sheila Jacobson, Fisheries Program Manager for the Tongass National Forest, pictured here. . Join us Monday, August 14 at the Mean Queen (lower level) in Sitka, 7-8 pm. . 📸: @pioneerstudios

46 Days ago
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Only TWO days until Alaska Wild Salmon Day! Did you know the Tongass National Forest produces 79% of the commercial salmon annually harvested from Southeast Alaska? That's about 49 million salmon a year! . Wondering how to get some on your plate? @sitkasalmonshares brings responsible and sustainable wild Alaskan seafood from fishermen to American doorsteps. . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

47 Days ago
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Upon reaching the top of Cross Mountain, my jaw dropped in awe at the view beneath us. Thankful for the public lands that make these breathtaking moments possible. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases some of the ways we all enjoy public lands.

47 Days ago
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Four days until Alaska Wild Salmon Day! Today we're highlighting the importance of Wilderness areas for salmon. North of Sitka, in the heart of West Chichagof Wilderness, is Klag Bay, an important place for subsistence. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Sitka Tribe operates a salmon weir to monitor sockeye salmon returning to Klag Lake. Projects like the weir at Klag show how wilderness and subsistence actually go hand in hand. . To protect wild Alaskan salmon, tell the AK House Fisheries Committee to support the Stand For Salmon bill. [link in bio] . 📸: @between.mountains

48 Days ago
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Six days until Alaska Wild Salmon Day! Today's WildFoodsFriday is a celebration of all the ways salmon feed us. Did you know that almost 90% of rural households in the Tongass National Forest use salmon? Smoking it, drying it, canning it, or eating it fresh... No matter what you do, it's delicious and nutritious! . To protect wild Alaskan salmon, tell the AK House Fisheries Committee to support the Stand For Salmon bill. [link in bio] . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

51 Days ago
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ONE WEEK. We're counting down to Alaska Wild Salmon Day, when we dedicate an entire day to celebrating these amazing fish that feed, nourish, and inspire us. We'll be posting salmon tales each day until then. 🐟 . To protect wild Alaskan salmon, tell the AK House Fisheries Committee to support the Stand for Salmon bill. [link in bio] . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

52 Days ago
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When I started this hike, it was 100% socked in by clouds. I thought long and hard about whether or not to continue up to the peak. But as you can see, I am sure glad I did! At about ten o'clock that night, the clouds finally began breaking and I could see once again. The morning brought a beautiful sunrise full of color and perfect lighting... our public lands sure provide great settings for photography! . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases some of the ways we all enjoy public lands.

52 Days ago