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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Fly fishing in Sitka, Alaska is a unique experience that gets you out into the heart of the Tongass National Forest. With endless river systems throughout our public lands, it's easy to find a spot all to yourself. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

14 Hours ago
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The Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP) amendment: 🐟 protects key salmon habitats, 🌲 promotes sustainable timber development, and ✨ envisions a resilient future for Southeast Alaska. . But Senator Murkowski wants to roll it back, flying in the face of the hard work of Southeast Alaskans who collaborated to create it. Call her and tell her you support the Tongass Plan.❗️(202)224-6665 . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

1 Days ago
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Then and now. The founders of Sitka Conservation Society worked hard to create the West Chichagof Wilderness for us to enjoy. Our fridayfeeling is gratitude for this amazing landscape. . You can do your part to protect the Tongass National Forest for future generations by signing our public lands petition (link in bio!). ✍️❗️

4 Days ago
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Twenty-two miles south of Sitka, Alaska lies Seven Fathom Cabin—a perfect getaway for a hunting trip on our public lands. Hanging from the beam of the cabin is fresh venison harvested earlier that day. It really doesn’t get much better than that! . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

5 Days ago
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Taking a hike after work is pretty easy to do in Sitka, Alaska because we have a road system that goes all the way to alpine on Harbor Mountain. After the road ends, the trail begins! There is a six mile hike across the alpine that has some pretty nice views, even on the rainy days. . Photo and story by local photographer, @rafe_hanson. We’re excited to welcome Rafe back to our Instagram! Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest. . Take action to protect the Tongass and all it makes possible! Sign our petition. [link in bio]

7 Days ago
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Gunalchéesh (thank you) to everyone in Sitka who joined us for our annual Wild Foods Potluck last night! As we celebrated fifty years of conservation together, we also celebrated the incredible riches of the Tongass National Forest. These lands and waters have fed the people who live here for thousands of years, and we are all responsible for making sure future generations are nourished by the land as we have been. Thank you to everyone who brought a dish and everyone who came and shared a meal together. It’s our favorite night of the year because of all of you. 🥘 . 📸: @bluebirdshoulders

8 Days ago
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We are counting down and setting up for our Annual Wild Foods Potluck here at Centennial Hall. Dane McFadden is one of our board members here at @sitkawild and he's brought gorgeous sockeye salmon, beet and black bean burgers! We can't wait to welcome the community and taste all the delicious abundance our public lands provides. See you all 5-7pm!

9 Days ago
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Our annual Wild Foods Potluck is coming up this weekend! On Sunday November 12th, beginning at 5 pm at the Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka, we’ll gather to celebrate the many ways the Tongass National Forest feeds and sustains us. Bring a dish to share that features ingredients that were fished, foraged, hunted, or cultivated in Southeast Alaska! . Salmonberries, like the one shown in this photograph, ripen in summer and grow on sunny slopes and by streams. They are great eaten raw and can also be made into tasty jams and jellies. . To celebrate fifty years of conservation, we’ll be digging through our archives to find photos and videos from Sitka’s enduring legacy of grassroots activism. We’ll post a historic tbt and fbf each week. Check out SitkaWild50 to see them all! 🎞📺 . You can join the movement by signing our public lands petition [link in bio]. ✍️🌲

11 Days ago
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In 1980, the hard work of the Sitka Conservation Society members paid off. The West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness was created–preserving an ecosystem for wildlife, like these bears, to flourish and for people to enjoy forever. . In this vintage photo, a mama brown bear and her three cubs forage in a meadow. The Tongass National Forest is home to the highest density of brown bears in North America. Bears are an important part of the temperate rainforest ecosystem: they provide plants with essential nutrients by scattering the forest floor with salmon. . To celebrate fifty years of conservation, we’ll be digging through our archives to find photos and videos from Sitka’s enduring legacy of grassroots activism. We’ll post a historic tbt and fbf each week. Check out SitkaWild50 to see them all! 🎞📺 . You can join the movement by signing our public lands petition [link in bio]. ✍️🌲

12 Days ago
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Meet Ryan and his hunting pup Artemis. Hunting in Sitka, Alaska is about as unique as it gets. You can hop in a small skiff and travel 14 miles south of town and wind up in a spot like this. With no one around for miles and miles, it makes it a perfect spot to sit and glass for deer during a crisp autumn day. How do you enjoy your public lands? . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases some of the ways we all enjoy public lands.

12 Days ago
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The new Tongass Plan phases out controversial logging of our last ancient, old growth forests, instead focusing on logging of young-growth timber. This pivotal shift can pull Alaska out of the tired patterns of fighting and lawsuits, into a sustainable future and protect the things that make the Tongass so special. . But Senator Murkowski is on the cusp of rolling back the Tongass Plan, reversing the transition away from old growth logging. When our country has so many other issues to face, there’s no reason to put our forests at risk and move us backward. . Swipe for sample messages you can use to call Senator Murkowski and tell her you support the Tongass Plan and the transition to young growth it makes possible. 🐟📞 (202)224-6665 * 📸: @lioneclarephotography

13 Days ago
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The Tongass Land Management Plan gives young Alaskans opportunities to gain forestry-related skills that will help them find jobs in their communities. Stephen, a 19-year-old from Kake, participated in the Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students (TRAYLS) program in 2017. He said, “I would highly recommend it to high school students back in Kake. It’d be a perfect experience for outdoor training.” . But Senator Murkowski is on the cusp of rolling back the Tongass Plan, endangering successful programs like TRAYLS. When our country has so many other issues to face, there’s no reason to put these programs at risk and move us backward. . Swipe for sample messages you can use to call Senator Murkowski and tell her you support the Tongass Plan and the workforce development programs it makes possible. 🐟📞 (202)224-6665 * 📸: @robosienna

14 Days ago
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Our annual Wild Foods Potluck is coming up this weekend! On Sunday November 12th, beginning at 5 pm, we’ll gather to celebrate the many ways the Tongass National Forest feeds and sustains us. Bring a dish to share that features ingredients that were fished, foraged, hunted, or cultivated in Southeast Alaska! 🎣🦌🥔🥕🥗🥘

15 Days ago
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Who doesn’t want a baby seal friend? This adorable clip is one of our favorites from Larry Calvin’s homemade film, “Alaskan Holiday.” . To celebrate fifty years of conservation, we’ll be digging through our archives to find photos and videos from Sitka’s enduring legacy of grassroots activism. We’ll post a historic tbt and fbf each week. Check out SitkaWild50 to see them all! 🎞📺 . You can join the movement by signing our public lands petition [link in bio]. ✍️🌲

18 Days ago
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Perfect camouflage. Sitka black-tailed deer depend on old growth forest for food and habitat, and people who live here in the Tongass National forest depend on the deer for subsistence. Recognizing the interdependence of people and nature is important to us—it’s the foundation of our approach to conservation. . To celebrate fifty years of conservation, we’ll be digging through our archives to find photos and videos from Sitka’s enduring legacy of grassroots activism. We’ll post a historic tbt and fbf each week. Check out SitkaWild50 to see them all! 🎞📺 . You can join the movement by signing our public lands petition [link in bio]. ✍️🌲

19 Days ago
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Fact: The Tongass Land Management Plan protects 77 of the most crucial salmon watersheds and habitats on the Tongass National Forest. . ‼️ But Senator Murkowski is on the cusp of rolling it back. When our country has so many other issues to face, there’s no reason to repeal wild salmon habitat protections and move us backward. . Swipe for sample messages you can use to call Senator Murkowski and tell her you support the Tongass Plan and protecting our wild salmon. 🐟📞 (202)224-6665 . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

20 Days ago
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This Halloween, we haven’t seen anything scarier than threats to our public lands. The Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP) Amendment protects key salmon habitats, promotes sustainable timber development, and envisions a resilient future for Southeast Alaska. 🐟🌲🙌 . ‼️ But Lisa Murkowski is on the cusp of rolling it back, undoing years of collaboration and compromise between stakeholders from across Southeast Alaska who created the TLMP. . Your voice matters: call Senator Murkowski NOW to tell her you support a sustainable future for the Tongass. 📞 (202)224-6665 Swipe for sample messages you can use! . 📸: @rafe_hanson

21 Days ago
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If you’re an SCS member, you know our annual report and calendar features amazing photography from the Tongass. Here’s a sneak peak of February 2018: this beautiful shot of the rugged outer coast by the talented @rafe_hanson. . Already a member? Come pick up your calendar this Friday through Sunday at the @sitkawhalefest market! If you haven’t joined SCS yet, what are you waiting for? 😜 Sign up online or at our Whalefest table, where we’ll also be selling brand new t-shirts and other merchandise. See you in just a a little whale! 🐋

22 Days ago
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Throughout the fifty year history of Sitka Conservation Society, living with the land has been a core value, whether through hunting, fishing, hiking, or foraging. . This year, the Alaska state legislature passed a memoriam honoring Chuck Johnstone, one of our founders. The memoriam says, “With a twinkle in his eye, he warmly and wholeheartedly shared his knowledge of the area. He felt part of the natural world, not just a visitor to it.” Today, our work continues in that spirit: we recognize that we are intricately connected with the landscape of the Tongass National Forest around us. . To celebrate fifty years of conservation, we’ll be digging through our archives to find photos and videos from Sitka’s enduring legacy of grassroots activism. We’ll post a historic tbt and fbf each week. Check out SitkaWild50 to see them all! 🎞📺 . You can protect our access to crucial hunting areas by signing our public lands petition [link in bio]. ✍️🌲

25 Days ago
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Fifty years ago, in 1967, a group of Sitkans came together around a shared goal: creating at least one place on the Tongass National Forest free from the impacts of logging or development. In 1980, after thirteen years of work, their vision became real: Congress created the West Chichagof Yakobi Wilderness. . During the 1970s, Jack Calvin (right) and Chuck Johnstone (left) led wilderness trips to West Chichagof. They knew that once people saw this beauty with their own eyes, they would support the effort to designate it as a Wilderness area. Jack and Chuck believed in the power of experiencing wilderness firsthand, a conviction that still guides our work today—fifty years later. . To celebrate fifty years of conservation, we’ll be digging through our archives to find photos and videos from Sitka’s enduring legacy of grassroots activism. We’ll post a historic tbt and fbf each week. Check out SitkaWild50 to see them all! 🎞📺 . You can join the movement by signing our public lands petition [link in bio]. ✍️🌲

26 Days ago
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Happy Commercial Fishing Day! “The Tongass is a very special place for salmon, and as long as the environment is taken care of, it’s going to keep on going forever. And it’s important to keep it that way,” says Mo Johnson, commercial fisherman. It’s always a good day to celebrate how our fisheries are an integral part of our economy and how fishing has always been an invaluable part of Alaskan ways of life. Here in Southeast, the Tongass National Forest produces 79% of our annual commercial salmon catch, supporting thousands of jobs in fishing and processing. . You can help make sure the Tongass produces salmon forever. ✍️🐟 Sign our petition to keep it public. [link in bio] . To hear more from Mo, check out our documentary “The Salmon Forest” at salmonforest.com 📸: @pioneerstudios

27 Days ago
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“When I was a little girl, I would make Mom crazy trying to run into the river to swim with the salmon,” says Elora (Sei S’oox’), as she learns how to properly fillet sockeye salmon during Culture Camp in Yakutat this past July. . In addition to salmon filleting, Culture Camp activities include seal processing, Tlingit language classes, canoe paddling, formline painting, and cedar bark weaving. Culture Camp encourages campers to learn about and respect themselves, the natural environment, and the traditional tribal values and clan systems of the Yakutat Tlingit. . Photo and story by @bethanysgoodrich for @aksalmonproject

28 Days ago
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There’s no age requirement for taking action on climate change. Our 4-H Alaska Way of Life participants just began Winterberry, a citizen science project that investigates how the shifting of seasons and climate change affect berries, an important subsistence food for Alaskans. . “We hope that by personally adopting and collecting data on berry plants, these young Sitkans will think about how climate change could affect natural resources they care about,” says Jasmine Shaw, who helps run 4-H (pictured here). . 📸: @between.mountains

29 Days ago
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Thanks to everyone who marched with us and cheered for us on Wednesday! We showed off our best local climate solutions to send the message to our elected officials that Sitka cares about climate change. In the face of national inaction, we’re taking local action. 🌍🌏🌎 . 📸: @wheretheebuffaloroam

32 Days ago
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Snow is beginning to reappear on the peaks of the countless mountains of the Tongass National Forest. The stunning views remind us how lucky we are to live here, and that it’s our responsibility to protect these beautiful landscapes for future generations. . Take action to protect public lands by signing our petition [link in bio]. ✍️🏔 . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

33 Days ago
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The EPA is moving backwards on climate change, but that doesn’t mean we need to follow their bad example. In the face of this administration’s failure to address climate change, it’s even more important that we take action on the local level. Tomorrow, the Sitka chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is marching in the Alaska Day parade. We’ll be showing off Sitka’s best climate solutions—from electric vehicles to gardening, biking to renewable energy. . If you’re in Sitka tomorrow, march with us to show our elected officials that this community cares about climate action. If you’re not local, stay tuned! We’ll stream the parade in our Story tomorrow. 🌍🌏🌎 . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

35 Days ago
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The Tongass National Forest is famous for evergreen Sitka spruce and western hemlocks, but take a closer look: it has its fair share of fall colors, too! These are the giant leaves of the Devil’s club plant, known for its spiky stems and medicinal properties. When the late afternoon sun filters through the canopy, the yellow leaves seem to glow. ForestFallColors2017 landscape . 📸: @bluebirdshoulders

36 Days ago
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Have you seen the publiclandspup hashtag from @thetrcp? So many great dogs out exploring public lands with their favorite humans! The spectacular trails of the Tongass National Forest are great places for adventuring and exercising with your canine best friend. . Want to protect public lands? Sign our petition [link in bio] and check out @thetrcp. ✍️🐕🌲 . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

39 Days ago
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Alaska is a salmon state. Thousands of miles of rivers and streams course through Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, bringing wild salmon out to sea and then luring them back. The delicious salmon provided by our public lands keep our bellies full and spirits high. Best of all, we all have access to countless places to fish—but if public lands are privatized, that could all change. . Take action to protect our access to the wild salmon we love by signing our petition to keep public lands public. [link in bio] ✍️🎣

41 Days ago
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The public lands of the Tongass National Forest stretch on and on, as far as the eye can see. These healthy, sprawling lands are full of wildlife that provide subsistence hunters with a wealth of opportunities to feed our families and nourish our communities. . Take action to protect our access to these crucial hunting areas by signing our petition to keep public lands public. [link in bio] . 📸: @berettalexa

42 Days ago
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On Indigenous Peoples Day and all days, we honor the Tlingit people who are and have been stewards of this land for millennia. Gunalchéesh. . Photo by @between.mountains of members of Sitka Tribe of Alaska harvesting sockeye salmon in Sitkoh Bay for their Traditional Foods Program, which distributes food to elders and tribal citizens. STA also runs an ocean acidification monitoring and shellfish testing lab, which helps us all know where we can safely harvest shellfish and how to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change on our coastal communities.

43 Days ago
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It’s duck hunting season! 🦆 Alaska has some of the best wild shooting amidst beautiful scenery on our public lands. Whether roasting duck for dinner right away, saving duck fat to use for cooking future meals, or processing the meat to freeze and save, subsistence hunters often use all parts of the duck to feed their families well into the winter. Our amazing public lands provide for us in so many ways! . Take action to protect our access to hunting areas on public lands by signing our petition [link in bio]. ✍️ . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

46 Days ago
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We’re thankful to live in such a wild land that provides us with so much—jobs, food, water, and views like this! We’re proud to live in the Tongass National Forest, and proud to do our part to protect it. . Take action to protect the Tongass National Forest by signing our petition to protect public lands [link in bio]. ✍️🌲 . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

47 Days ago