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The Keex’ Kwaan Community Forest Partnership or KKCFP

The Keex’ Kwaan Community Forest Partnership (KKCFP) is a science-based, landscape scale, community forest approach to watershed planning and project implementation. The overall goal of the KKCFP is similar to the goal of the HNFP: to achieve a measurable and resilient blend of timber, salmon and deer production, local economic diversification and improved watershed health. The KKCFP is our second large scale community forest project in southeast Alaska and is already benefitting the community of Kake by providing several new jobs and new maps for community members to use for hunting, gathering and recreation.

COVID Adaptation for 2020

The COVID 19 pandemic has impacted all our lives and presented challenges to logistics, work, safety and health management. The KKCFP began meeting as a technical team and a steering committee in March to create a variety of plans for keeping our work going as much as possible while maintaining safety for the field crew and the community of Kake. We decided to hire a smaller crew than we had originally planned (only two field positions) and conducted training via the web. The field season started in early June and is scheduled to end at the end of October. The 2020 field season has been a success thus far, though we will have some work to catch up to our original schedule once the pandemic is under control. You can view the accomplishments dashboard below to see what the crew has managed to complete (or by clicking on this text box). 

KKCFP Partners

The KKCFP core partners are Sealaska, Kake Tribal, The Organized Village of Kake, The City of Kake, 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 are developing a Memorandum of Understanding that spells out the commitments, roles and responsibilities for each party.


The 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.


The KKCFP 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; and (4) Stewardship Council – who are Kake community members interested in the flow of benefits from resource management to the community over the long-term.


The KKCFP is building on the lessons learned in the HNFP and improving the utilization of LiDAR data in support of road, stream and vegetation management for social, ecological and economic sustainability. Thanks to the investments made through the HNFP, we are able to streamline data collection and field verification to reduce the costs of compiling the resource inventory and focus more of our efforts on habitat restoration and cultivating resources of cultural and economic values. 

Follow the Action and Share your Enthusiasm!


Click on the icon above and like the KKCFP Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest news from the HNFP Team.


Click the icon above and subscribe to the KKCFP seasonal newsletter to learn about project insights and accomplishments.


Click on the icon above and view the KKCFP calendar of events to see what is on the field work and meeting schedule.


Click on the icon above and visit the KKCFP Flikr site to view photos that have been collected during field work and events.

KKCFP Project Area

The KKCFP project area is approximately 200,000 acres covering all complete watersheds within which Regional Native Corporation (Sealaska) and Village Corporation (Kake Tribal) lands exist on Kupreanof and Kuiu Islands. Use the map below to explore the most current data sets we have for the project area. Click on the << fly-out to gain access to the legend and the ability to turn map layers on and off. You can also click here to open the map in a new tab.

Blogs Posts

Providing for the Community: Kake TRAYLS Week Six

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An Introduction to the Crew: Kake TRAYLS Week Five

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