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The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is a homegrown conservation group of Southeast Alaskans fiercely fighting to protect our home: the ancient and mighty Tongass National Forest and the crisp, vibrant waters of the Inside Passage. This is our backyard. We’ve been protecting it since 1970 and continue today.

Southeast Alaska Is Under Threat, and We’re Doing Something About It

We are facing daily, hostile threats to our environment and way of life in Southeast Alaska.

Out-of-touch Alaska politicians want to repeal decades-old safeguards on the Tongass to open it up to clearcut logging and road building. National, state, and local agencies constantly propose new timber sales to clearcut the forest. The mining industry here in Alaska and across the border in Canada willfully ignores environmental regulations and tries to extract more and more minerals from the earth’s near-critical salmon-producing watersheds.

On top of it all, Alaska is on the front lines of climate change, warming twice as fast as the rest of the country.

All of this threatens the 35 communities that make up Southeast Alaska.

We are commercial fishermen. We are hikers and kayakers. We are small business owners. We are Alaska Natives. We are hunters. We are parents, grandparents, and youth. We are family. And we are here to say enough.

To us, Southeast Alaska, though beautiful, is not just pretty scenery. It is where we live, work, and play. We rely on this living forest and its waterways for food, jobs, clean air, and water.

SEACC has galvanized our supporters into action to successfully protect this place for over 50 years. We are a truly grassroots advocacy nonprofit organization, supported by the members who work with us to take action. We use our collective regional voice — united by the love of this special place — to win in the courtroom, to watchdog harmful industries, and to advocate for laws that point us toward a more sustainable future.

We are Southeast Alaskans: this is our home. And we’re not going anywhere.

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What We’re Working On

Tongass National Forest

With its ancient, towering trees and pristine waterways teeming with salmon, the lush Tongass National Forest spans Southeast Alaska’s panhandle and is the largest national forest in the United States. We work to protect, restore and honor this living temperate rainforest — traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples — that drives our region’s economy and sustains us with food, jobs, and clean air and water.

Inside Passage Waters

Southeast Alaska is as much water as it is land. Here, the interconnected web of the Inside Passage is home to lush wild salmon rivers and immense watersheds that feed the trees of the Tongass and the oceans of the world. It is a place teeming with biodiversity — from whales and wolves, to eagles, deer and bears, to salmon and communities.

Grassroots Community Organizing

SEACC brings people together in our region and around the world in support of the greatest place on Earth: Southeast Alaska. We believe people power is key to protecting this special place from industrial-scale clearcut logging, mines that threaten our salmon strongholds, political threats, and a climate that is changing at a dizzying speed.

Happening Now

Big news for big trees? What does NOGA mean for the Tongass?

Big news for big trees? What does NOGA mean for the Tongass?

Big news for big trees? The Biden Administration has released draft plans for old-growth protections in our National Forests. What does that mean for the Tongass? Well, it’ll take some deep reading to know for sure, but you know we’re up to the challenge. Meanwhile, stretch those typing fingers...

Comment on Alaska’s Five Year Schedule of Timber Sales for 2025-2029

Comment on Alaska’s Five Year Schedule of Timber Sales for 2025-2029

Earlier this year, Alaska’s (now former) State Forester, Helge Eng, said the Division of Forestry & Fire Prevention and the Alaska Mental Health Trust are “charged with essentially maintaining a timber supply to keep the (logging) industry going until federal timber from the Tongass National...