Lot’s of good stuff happening in October. I actually got to spend a couple weeks in a row at home for a change!
Kicked things off during the first week of the month by submitting a large collaborative grant to the NRCS for holistic planning and project implementation on 150 thousand acres of mixed ownership lands surrounding Hoonah. This project is called the Hoonah Native Lands Partnership and includes Sealaska, Huna Totem, TNC, ADF&G and the USFS as primary partners. We are looking to combine workforce development and entrepreneurial opportunities with private and public land management goals for an increased triple bottom line for all stakeholders. We hope to find out about this award by November or December. Regardless of the outcome of this grant proposal, we created a shared paradigm for collaboration that I am confident we will build upon in the future.
A fair chunk of time was spent on getting things ready for Alana to take over as the SSP Director. I updated all of the SSP orientation documents to reflect the changes in our staffing and to incorporate some of our latest language for clarifying what it means to be an active member of the partnership. This effort fed directly into developing the next round of grant agreements for all current staff, most of which are completed or nearly so. I have a few more transition tasks to check off my list before Alana officially takes over on November 1st. I am very excited for her leadership.
Alana, Adam, Marjorie, Lia and I spent a week down in Vancouver to kick off our Community Economic Development certificate program. I have lots to report on here but for now let me just say that we learned a ton (indigenomics, locanomics and sustainable community development instructors) and had a great time working with our Canadian colleagues, all of whom are doing inspiring and unique work. I am especially excited about the ideas and concepts that Michael Shuman shared with us about localizing our community economies, particularly for food and energy systems. Lots of opportunity there!
There were a few other items that I worked on this month: participated in the Tongass Collaborative Stewardship group subcommittee on distributing retained receipts from stewardship contracting; worked with Sarah Bronstein of Sheinberg and Associates on the SSP indicators of community sustainability project; and, provided support for our friends who are participating in the Tongass Advisory Committee are some of the highlights.
All in all, a really great month.