Community Forestry + Fisheries
For thousands of years the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples have adapted to nature in southeast Alaska and relied upon its coastal and terrestrial resources for food, art, trade and tradition. Today, traditional subsistence and commercial use of natural resources continue to serve as the foundation of southeast Alaskan life.
Our community partners are developing projects with private, state an federal land managers to ensure that local priorities and local employment are central to the management of their surrounding natural landscapes. We work to integrate local knowledge and the best available science into an adaptive approach to resource stewardship. We are confident that natural resource stewardship work can be done in a way that results in increased local capacity, economic opportunity, and improved watershed health across the region.
Our approach is two-fold. We focus on community-based forestry and community-based fisheries. We believe the natural setting and subsistence lifestyle of rural community residents in southeast Alaska is inherently well-suited to steward the lands and waters that surround them. Rural residents rely upon natural resources for both subsistence food and commercial economies, their communities are distributed throughout the region, and they have been practicing natural resource stewardship in one of the most dynamic landscapes on earth for millennia. Local knowledge is an investment we believe will pay dividends for generations to come!
Check out some of our ongoing community forestry and fisheries projects across Southeast Alaska.
The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP)
The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) is a science-based, landscape scale, community forest approach to watershed planning and project implementation whose overall goal is to achieve a measurable and resilient blend of timber, salmon and deer production, local economic diversification and improved watershed health.
Keex’ Kwaan Community Forest Partnership
The Keex’ Kwaan Community Forest Partnership or KKCFP is being launched in January of 2018. The KKCFP is a community-based approach to natural resource management that includes both public and private lands that surround the community of Kake. The goals of this project are to improve the productivity of local watersheds for subsistence and commercial economic development while improving overall ecological resilience. This project is just getting started! Please stay tuned for more information or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Training Rural Alaskan Youth Students and Leaders (TRAYLS)
The Training Rural Alaskan Youth Students and Leaders or TRAYLS program is entering its second year of activity. The goals of this summer-long program are to provide hands on experience with natural resource management technical skills and cultural knowledge while preparing youth to occupy leadership roles in their communities.
Indigenous Guardians Support Network
We are scoping a new program called the Indigenous Guardians Support Network. This network would provide technical and social support necessary to grow our collective capacity to monitor and manage our lands with a common voice and by sharing resources. This network could potentially provide a boundless suite of services and benefits to participants, and will be designed based on a shared vision reflecting the voice, needs and suggested approaches of the communities.
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