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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Salmon are our way of life here in Southeast Alaska. This traditional food source sustains our economy and feeds our families (and it’s delicious!). Our film, “The Salmon Forest”, showcases the connection between wild salmon from the Tongass and our Alaskan communities. . Catch the film this weekend at @coloradoenvironmentalfilmfest, in late March at @dceff_org, or rent it online at salmonforest.com . 📸: @pioneerstudios

1 Days ago
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This Friday, the talented photographer siblings @bethanysgoodrich and her brother will lead a photography workshop for our 4-H Alaska Way of Life program! The kids have been learning the basics of photography indoors, and now they’ll meet at Indian River trailhead and head outdoors to photograph the spectacular details of the Tongass National Forest. Photography is such a great, leave-no-trace way to appreciate and pay close attention to the environment we live in! . Contact claire @sitkawild.org for more information about this workshop and 4-H in Sitka. 😊 . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

2 Days ago
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Southeast Alaska’s economy relies on healthy fisheries, and healthy fisheries rely on an intact Tongass National Forest. So why is @senlisamurkowski using the budget process to attempt to sneakily pass unpopular bills that would allow logging of the last remaining old growth trees and reverse salmon habitat protections on the Tongass? . Call Senator Murkowski and tell her to stop her attack on Alaskans and our public lands. ☎️ (202)224-6665. Then sign our petition to protect the public lands we depend on. (link in bio) 🌲🐟

3 Days ago
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​Thanks so much to our friends on the F/V Northwind for the transport of lumber from the Icy Straits Mill in Hoonah to Sitka. The Northwind picked up the locally milled lumber during a trip tendering for the crab fisheries around Hoonah and unloaded today at the Longliner Lodge. This transport will support SCS’s tiny home project and is one of the ways that we are trying to understand how to facilitate intra-region commerce and ensure that our local timber resources are not just liquidated and exported out of the region. We want to see more local wood actually used in local projects and construction and find the highest value and best use for our invaluable timber resources. Thanks for the support and elbow grease Northwind!

6 Days ago
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On this slushy Thursday in Sitka, here’s a little tbt to summer sunsets and incredible views of the Tongass National Forest from the alpine. . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

8 Days ago
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Join us for our annual meeting on Saturday February 24 from 6-8 pm at the Mean Queen in Sitka! We’ll give brief updates on the most pressing issues we’re facing, but the highlight of the night will undoubtedly be hearing the stories of local Sitkans who are taking action to protect the abundant environment that surrounds us and which we depend on. We really hope to see you there! . An easy way to take action in the meantime is to sign our petition to protect public lands! (link in bio) ✍️ . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

8 Days ago
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People call the Tongass “The Salmon Forest,” and it’s no mystery why—did you know that Tongass rivers, lakes, and streams produce 79% of the annual commercial salmon harvest in Southeast Alaska? That’s about 49 million salmon each year! . It’s our responsibility to conserve the amazingly productive fish habitats of the Tongass and manage our fisheries sustainably so that wild salmon can continue to play a huge, sustaining role in our lives for generations to come. Take action by signing our petition to protect the Tongass (link in bio). ✍️🌲🐟

9 Days ago
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Fallen logs like this one not only help humans cross streams, but also play a vital role in diversifying stream habitat. For example, fallen trees often create pools where juvenile fish can rest outside of the current. A lot of restoration projects here on the Tongass involve placing wood back into streams, since many fallen trees were removed during the logging era. . Want to know more about local projects? Check out our video at bit.ly/Shelikof

10 Days ago
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“Senator Murkowski’s draft bill would, among other things, nix an Obama-era plan to phase out old-growth logging and would exempt Alaska from the so-called roadless rule, which could open 9.3 million acres of the largest temperate rainforest in the world to the lumber industry,” writes Jake Bullinger for @outsidemagazine. . Check out the rest of his article on how Senator Murkowski’s outdated plans will sacrifice our public lands and Alaska’s future. bit.ly/MurkowskiVSPublicLands @lioneclarephotography

13 Days ago
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“Timber now accounts for just 0.8 percent of wages in Southeast Alaska. But the area’s seafood industry now accounts for 12 percent of wages, tourism is 9 percent, and both are growing fast. Take that into account, plus the fact that timber jobs in Southeast Alaska are subsidized by taxpayers to the fine of $21.7 million each year, and a lot of Alaskans believe it’s time their state moved beyond logging.” . Check out this excellent article in @outsidemagazine on why @senlisamurkowski is the 1 Anti-Public Land Lawmaker: bit.ly/MurkowskiVSPublicLands to protect the Tongass National Forest from Senator Murkowski’s efforts to log the last remaining old growth? Sign our petition. (link in profile) ✍️🌲 . 📸: @lioneclarephotography

14 Days ago
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It’s been a whale since we posted a photo of these beloved marine mammals. 😉 Whales depend on healthy ocean ecosystems, which in turn depend on healthy forest streams and rivers. Everything, including us humans, is interconnected and interdependent, and it’s our responsibility to protect our oceans and forests for future generations. . Sign our petition to protect public lands (link in profile). ✍️🐋 . 📸: @crossroadsphotoworkshop

16 Days ago
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The Tongass National Forest is in the midst of a transition from the extractive practice of industrial-scale old growth clearcutting to a sustainable future of young growth timber management. Local young growth lumber, a more sustainable regional wood option, comes from the trees that grow back in the wake of past clearcuts. . But Senator Murkowski is rolling back the 2016 Tongass Plan that phases out old growth logging, even though the plan results from years of collaboration amongst Alaskans. . Call @senlisamurkowski and tell her Alaskans want to keep the 2016 Tongass Plan and the path it charts to a sustainable future. ☎️ (202)224-6665 . 📸: @mdolkas

18 Days ago
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Happy World Wetlands Day! The Tongass National Forest contains many acres of muskeg, which are similar to bogs. In addition to being fascinating landscapes to walk through, muskegs and other wetlands play a huge role in mitigating climate change by trapping carbon. . Protect the Tongass National Forest by signing our petition. (link in profile) ✍️ . 📸: @bluebirdshoulders

21 Days ago
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I recently got invited to go hike up to Medvejie Lake in the Tongass National Forest. Along the way, we came across this giant rock and it was too good not to take a photo. I love hiking in our public lands and finding these unique gems only makes me think about how many more unique formations are out there, just waiting to be photographed! . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

21 Days ago
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On sunny days like this, it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and look closely at all the stunning details of the Tongass National Forest. This is Pilophorus acicularis, a lichen known as devil’s matchstick. . Sign our petition to protect the Tongass and all the wonders it contains, from tiny lichen to tall old growth trees. (link in profile) ✍️ . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

22 Days ago
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Out looking for some last minute venison before the season closes for Sitka Blacktail deer. Access to public lands like the Tongass National Forest is such an important part of subsistence for all us and is something we all need. Regardless if you hunt or not, if you enjoy the outdoors and love being able to hike and camp anywhere you please, you can thank your public lands. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

24 Days ago
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In the Tongass National Forest, we don’t have to talk about how our forests used to be: all we have to do is go our outside to experience old growth forests, complete with rivers full of wild salmon and majestic wildlife like brown bears. But Senator Murkowski keeps trying to privatize thousands of acres of the Tongass, opening it up to clearcutting and taking away our access to these amazing places. . Your voice matters! 🎙 Sign our public lands petition to protect the Tongass National Forest and stay up to date on how you can fight the latest threats to our public lands. ✍️ (link in profile) . @alexcrookphoto

24 Days ago
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Kyler is a senior in Sitka High School’s advanced construction class, part of their vocational education program. Last semester, he and his classmates helped construct the Tongass Tiny Home from sustainable local young growth lumber. This was Kyler’s first semester in construction, but his seventh in woodworking. Kyler wants to work as a carpenter after graduating, and his favorite part of projects like the Tongass Tiny Home is getting to design something and see the end result. . Contact us for more information on the Tongass Tiny Home, local young growth timber, regional youth workforce development programs, and sustainable housing! . 📷: @_saraholeary

27 Days ago
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At one point or another we all get busy with life and our jobs, but it's important to leave that behind, turn your phone off, and go enjoy your public lands that are there for you to use. Each of us use them differently, but we all use them and need to keep them around for future generations. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

28 Days ago
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Joei is a student in Sitka High School's advanced construction class, part of their vocational education program. Last semester, she and her classmates helped construct the Tongass Tiny Home from sustainable local young growth lumber. This is Joei's first experience doing construction, and her favorite tool is the miter saw, which she uses for cutting against the grain. . Contact us for more information on the Tongass Tiny Home, local young growth timber, regional youth workforce development, and sustainable housing! . 📸: @_saraholeary

29 Days ago
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I love the fact that we can go hike anywhere at any time with no restrictions or fees on the Tongass National Forest, which is a rare opportunity these days. Protecting our public lands is something that is important and worth doing. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

30 Days ago
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The 2016 Tongass Plan phases out controversial logging of our last ancient, old growth forests, and focuses forest management on sustainable 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 trying to use the Congressional budget process to roll 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. . Your voice matters. Call Senator Murkowski and tell her you support the Tongass Plan and the transition to young growth it makes possible. 🐟📞(202)224-6665 . 📸: @crossroadsphotoworkshop

31 Days ago
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Thanks to the more than 100 Sitkans who came out to our Tongass Tiny Home Open House, and thanks to our partners who made the Tongass Tiny Home Project happen! It was awesome to share the hard work of the students in Sitka High School’s advanced construction class and to learn together about the sustainable young growth lumber they used to build the tiny home. . Contact us for more information on the Tongass Tiny Home, local young growth timber, regional youth workforce development programs, and sustainable housing! . 📷: @bethanysgoodrich & @caitlinsniltiac

34 Days ago
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A famous landmark and tourist destination, Sitka's Russian Orthodox Church shines in the bright morning sun. From downtown, you can see Indian River Valley's beautiful forests, trails, and the Sisters mountains. All are accessible and free of charge thanks to our public lands. If you come visit Sitka, be sure to spend some time exploring the Tongass National Forest that surrounds us. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

36 Days ago
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This Thursday, January 18th, join us for our Tongass Tiny Home Open House at Sitka High School from 4-7 pm! . Here are some photos from various phases in the tiny home’s construction, featuring program partners and alumni of Sitka’s vocational education program who helped construct the tiny home. And look at all that beautiful local young growth lumber from the Tongass National Forest!

36 Days ago
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My friend Trevor and I were hiking around the forests of our public lands last weekend and came across this dead standing tree. It was rotted in the middle for a good 20 feet up in the trunk. It amazed me that this stays standing and some heathy trees blow down in wind storms, and that it's all a healthy part of a fully functional old growth forest. Being out in Nature is one cool place to be. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

37 Days ago
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These students are members of Sitka High School’s advanced construction class—and they’re skillfully building this tiny home! This Thursday, tour the Tongass Tiny Home, see the sustainable local young growth lumber the students used to build it, and learn more about the Tongass Tiny Home project! . You’re invited to our Tongass Tiny Home Open House at Sitka High School, January 18th, 4-7 pm. Drop by when you can—we can’t wait to see you there! . 📸: @_saraholeary

38 Days ago
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We’ve been out enjoying the snowy muskegs and beautiful winter landscapes of the Tongass National Forest this week. There’s a lot to be grateful for about our public lands, and it’s important to get outside and reconnect with the beauty and abundance we are fighting to protect. . You can help protect the Tongass by signing our public lands petition. (link in profile) ✍️🌲❄️ . 📸: @muskeg

41 Days ago
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After you've climbed all day in 70 degree weather on a summer hike, you start to wonder if what you are going to see when you finally reach the top is worth it. In this case it was definitely worth the hike. Beneath us was Indigo Lake and beyond that was the tallest point on Baranof Island: Peak 5390. Thanks to our public lands, anyone can go see all of this, free of charge. . Photo and tbt story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

42 Days ago
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“Our people, the Tlingit and Haida, have lived in what is now known as the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska since time immemorial.” . “As indigenous women whose ancestors are from this forest, we vigorously oppose these attacks on our public lands. In the coming days, we urge lawmakers to reject these riders, and instead maintain the existing protections for our ancient forest and its peoples.” . Read why six indigenous women oppose Senator Murkowski’s two Tongass budget riders, which would open up thousands of acres of the forest to clear cutting. Find their article in @huffpost here: bit.ly/EndTheAssault . Support them by contacting Senator Murkowski to oppose these riders and to keep moving forward with the 2016 Tongass Plan and the Roadless Rule. ☎️ (202)224-6665 . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

43 Days ago
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I remember getting together with two of my close friends this past summer and driving up Harbor Mountain to search for a spot to view the sunset. After reaching the end of the road, we set off on foot across our public lands and found this little spot along the way. We all stopped and admired the greens and the stillness of the water. I love the fact you can find neat spots like this, not more than a mile away from the road. . Photo and story by @rafe_hanson. Follow along as Rafe showcases his adventures on the public lands of the Tongass National Forest.

45 Days ago
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The Tongass is our home: where we harvest so much of our food, and the base of our local economy. Like most people who have lived here for decades, I love this land as much as anything else. I’m also a logger. I make wood bowls and furniture from salvaged old growth trees. . I thought long-term thinking and common sense had finally prevailed. But now Senator Murkowski says we need to rip up this plan to move back to the dinosaur days of industrial scale clear-cutting. . Read more from Zach LaPerriere’s op-ed in the Juneau Empire. Then join Zach and call Senator Murkowski to tell her Alaskans want to move forward into the future with the 2016 Tongass Plan. ☎️ (202)224-6665 . 📸: @bethanysgoodrich

45 Days ago
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The Tongass National Forest is spectacular at every scale.

46 Days ago