The community of Hoonah is largely tribal and is comprised of approximately 750 residents. Community economics and demographics have stabilized following the timber industry collapse and begun to grow in the tourism sector. The community still retains a small mill that is dependent on public old-growth but the scale of operations is general sustainable and the employment is appreciated by the majority of the community.
Village and Regional native corporation lands surrounding the community have been largely clear-cut logged so there is considerable ecological restoration opportunity on both public and private lands. High energy costs and challenges to various market developments hinder sustainable community development.
Community engagement and capacity development strategies are currently the primary focus of the work in Hoonah. Sustainable community design (energy) strategy will be implemented soon. We have partnered with the Hoonah Indian Association in hiring a part-time Stewardship Coordinator to work with project leads on existing and newly developing projects.