Community Forestry + Fisheries

 For thousands of years the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples cultivated and adapted to nature in southeast Alaska in ways that resulted in a sustainable supply of coastal and terrestrial resources for food, art, trade and tradition. Today, cultural, domestic and commercial use of natural resources continues to serve as the foundation of southeast Alaskan life, but the challenge of sustainable stewardship may be greater than it has ever been, especially for rural communities. The unpredictable fluctuations of global economics, changes in climate and the persistent inequities of our colonial past can make it difficult for a family, let alone a community, to thrive in a rural Alaska. That is why we have come together through the SSP to take on the challenge of sustainable stewardship; because our best hope of success is to pool our resources and work together. Each project brings together a diverse range of partners to tackle the challenge, including tribal governments, ANCSA tribal corporations, conservation NGOs as well as relevant federal and state government agencies such as the USFS and ADF&G.

Scroll down to learn more about current events, training opportunities and tools for stewardship in your community or to take a deeper dive into some of the projects we are currently supporting, including the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership, the Keex’ Kwaan Community Forest, The Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students program and the Indigenous Guardians Network.

RVCC Annual Policy Meeting

Our Regional Catalyst is went down to Portland in January to attend the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition annual policy meeting. There was a tribal authorities session on the third day that we are particularly good. Click here to watch this session on Youtube. 

March Training

We are hosting a training in Juneau during the week of March 9th for our community forestry and fisheries partners to learn about field data collection and analysis associated with LiDAR data, including how to make and share maps useful for collaborative stewardship and project implementation. Stay tuned for more info.

May Trainings

Training for the Kake and Hoonah field crews will begin in May and include life skills as well as technical field skills.

Indigenous Guardians Toolkit

Here you will find links to tools and resources that we have pulled together to support community forestry and fisheries. As an example, check out the indigenous guardians toolkit that was assembled by some of our partners in British Columbia.

Tribal Authorities Handbook

Coming in 2020 – this short handbook will summarize existing policies that support community-based natural resource management, especially in tribal communities, as well as highlight gaps in current policy that we are working together on informing for positive change.

Featured Work

Check out some of our ongoing community forestry and fisheries projects across Southeast Alaska.

The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP)

The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) is a science-based, landscape scale, community forest approach to watershed planning and project implementation whose overall goal is to achieve a measurable and resilient blend of timber, salmon and deer production, local economic diversification and improved watershed health.

Keex’ Kwaan Community Forest Partnership 

The KKCFP is a community-based approach to natural resource management that includes both public and private lands that surround the community of Kake. The goals of this project are to improve the productivity of local watersheds for traditional cultural use and commercial economic development while improving overall ecological resilience. The first field season of work was completed in 2019 and we are currently gearing up for 2020.

Training Rural Alaskan Youth Students and Leaders (TRAYLS)

The Training Rural Alaskan Youth Students and Leaders or TRAYLS program is entering its second year of activity. The goals of this summer-long program are to provide hands on experience with natural resource management technical skills and cultural knowledge while preparing youth to occupy leadership roles in their communities.  

Indigenous Guardians Support Network

We are scoping a new program called the Indigenous Guardians Support Network. This network would provide technical and social support necessary to grow our collective capacity to monitor and manage our lands with a common voice and by sharing resources. This network could potentially provide a boundless suite of services and benefits to participants, and will be designed based on a shared vision reflecting the voice, needs and suggested approaches of the communities.  

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