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Wilderness Stewardship

Join Us in the Field

We’d like you to volunteer with us in our Wilderness Stewardship program!

Our volunteer trips allow SEACC members and staff to get to know one another, restore and monitor our Wilderness areas, and unplug and reconnect with the lands, waters, and biodiversity that shape our unique way of life. In the coming weeks, we'll be adding new events to our calendar — stay tuned!

2014 Calendar

June 11 – 14: Windham Bay. We’ll reclaim habitat from invasive weeds, inventory campsites, monitor solitude in the area, and clean up beach debris in a spectacular wilderness area.

July 15 – 20: Seymour Canal. Sign up early for this one! We’ll boat to Admiralty Island, then hop on the Oliver Inlet tram and ride it overland to the Seymour Canal. There we’ll pick up double kayaks and paddle down to Swan Island and Swan Cove, where we’ll focus on invasive weed pulls and other stewardship duties. After paddling on to Windfall Island, we’ll fly home to Juneau and celebrate a job well done.

July 15 – 22: Admiralty Island. From a camp at Mole Harbor, we’ll be doing trailwork on the Cross Admiralty Canoe Route. Plan on spectacular bear viewing at nearby Mole River.

August 2 – 8: Prince of Wales Island. Campsite inventory and solitude monitoring are the priorities for this trip, still in development. We’ll be working closely with the Forest Service and the community of Hydaburg— stay tuned!

Email Will Elliot at will@seacc.org and we'll keep you updated.

Cheers!

 

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Wilderness Stewardship Video from SEACC on Vimeo.

SEACC's Wilderness Stewardship Program

SEACC’s Wilderness Stewardship program, initiated in 2011 as part of a nation-wide Wilderness Stewardship Challenge, continues to grow in strength and numbers.  Through a partnership with the US Forest Service, we organize volunteers and trip logistics to get our hands dirty restoring native vegetation, cleaning up beach debris, and collecting data for Forest Service research on the Tongass wilderness areas SEACC helped to establish.

Whitewater Group PhotoOur cultures evolved over time with our relationship to the land, and the health of our communities has always reflected the health of the lands that surround us.  Our Wilderness Stewardship program provides opportunities for Southeast Alaskans to work in a collaborative way to explore and improve the health of our communities and environment.

What is Wilderness?

In some cultures, Wilderness has a specific meaning: land designated by Congress under the Wilderness Act to remain forever protected in a natural state. In other cultures, wilderness simply means the land, air, and sea in which humans live in balance with all other members of the biotic community. But the basic truth is this: Wilderness---the land, air, sea and its biodiversity---supports human life and needs our support to continue to do so.

We live in a time of change. Dramatic changes in biodiversity, technology, global population, and climate are straining our social and ecological systems.  In addition, in our world of increasing urbanization and commercialization more and more people are forgetting their connection to the land.  Wilderness areas are the places we rely on to hunt and fish, attract tourists from around the world, stabilize regional wildlife populations and ecosystems, and for personal solace and cultural identity.

Past Trips

 

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Whitewater Bay, Admiralty Island

Trip Report, Photos

Stikine River

Trip Report, Photos

Stikine River

Trip Report, Photos

Pleasant Island, Icy Strait

Trip Report; Photos

Gambier Bay, Admiralty Island

Trip Report, Photos

Seymour Canal, Admiralty Island

Trip Report, Photos

Endicott Gap, Lynn Canal/Glacier Bay

Trip Report; Photos

Whitewater Bay, Admiralty Island

Trip Report, Photos

Whitewater Bay, Admiralty Island

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Southern Admiralty Island

Trip Report, Photos

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