Sitka Collaborative Stewardship Group


Sitka Collaborative Stewardship Group meeting with USFS and SCS staff on Kruzof Island to discuss future stewardship opportunities.

Project Name: Sitka Collaborative Stewardship Group

Community: Sitka

Support Organization: SCS

Support Organization Staff: Zia Brucaya

Target Outcomes: Community Visions

Strategies: Engagement and Empowerment, Capacity Development, Storytelling

P&P Funding: $12,000

Partners: Sitka Economic Development Association, City and Borough of Sitka, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, U.S. Forest Service, USDA Rural Development

Other Funding: $13,800

Narrative Description: The Sitka Collaborative Stewardship Group (SCSG) project seeks to build community engagement and empowerment around collaborative stewardship of our natural resources. The project will engage diverse community stakeholders in consistent communication with natural resources managers in the U.S. Forest Service, and strengthen working relationships between agencies, community organizations, businesses and others throughout the Sitka Ranger District.

The goal is to create a mechanism for engaging in collaborative stewardship that becomes a natural part of resource planning in the district, and in which a wide range of individuals and entities participate and invest. This project will help to advance the USDA Transition Strategy by focusing on broad and creative natural resource opportunities that meet community needs and objectives (social and economic), while protecting the ecological integrity of the Tongass.