Technical Team Field Trip
Collaboration with Angoon Watershed Crew
Drone's Eye View of the HNFP Field Crew
The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership or HNFP
HNFP PartnersThe HNFP core partners are Sealaska, Huna Totem, The Hoonah Indian Association, The City of Hoonah, The Nature Conservancy, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Subsistence Division and the US Forest Service. Each party brings to the table a unique set of assets and resources that we are pulling together for increased collective impact. We have developed a Memorandum of Understanding that spells out the commitments, roles and responsibilities for each party.
FundingThe Partnership was successful in securing four years of start-up funding from the NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Initial support also includes approximately 30% match in cash and in-kind technical support. Additional funding is being sought through USFS appropriated dollars and a variety of grant opportunities but our long-term goal is to fund much of the stewardship work with sustainable business management and a payments for ecosystem services approach.
StructureThe HNFP operational structure is comprised of (1) Steering Committee – which provides overall program oversight and focuses on identifying community priority outcomes and the financial sustainability of the program; (2) Technical Team – which provides direction on natural resource inventory, assessment and planning; and (3) Field Crew – who are the eyes and ears of the work on the ground, the repository for investing in local knowledge and the practitioners of community-based stewardship.
The HNFP is exploring the cost effectiveness of cutting edge scientific tools. For example, we have acquired LiDAR data for the project area. This ‘light-radar’ data not only provides a high resolution topography model, but can also produce detailed information about forests and streams. We hope that integrating LiDAR data products with proven models for timber, salmon and deer will enhance their capacity for facilitating desired future conditions while saving money over the long-term.
Tradition & SubsistenceWe are targeting protection and enhancement of opportunities for traditional cultural practices such as subsistence hunting, fishing and berry-picking.
Economic LocalizationWe are targeting keeping more dollars in the local economy by using natural resources to plug leakages in the food, energy, and construction sectors.
Workforce CapacityWe are targeting increased local workforce capacity for timber, fish, wildlife and infrastructure inventory, assessment, enhancement and monitoring.
Business DevelopmentWe are targeting new local business opportunities in renewable energy, recreation and tourism, timber and non-timber forest products.
HNFP Project Area
The HNFP project area is approximately 150,000 acres covering all complete watersheds within which Regional Native Corporation (Sealaska) and Village Corporation (Huna Totem) lands exist.