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Funding and Support

ESRI Conservation ProgramChiloe_Team_2010SEAWEAD got its start with funding from the Skaggs Foundation, the Leighty Foundation, the Alaska Conservation Foundation and the US Forest Service. Technology support has been reliably provided by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)Google, and the wonderful TECHSOUP program.logo_techsoup



Over the years we have received support from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Department of Fisha and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC), Sitka Conservation Society (SCS), Friends of Berner's Bay, Discovery Southeast, Alaska Discovery and numerous individuals.

Funding for current projects comes from Manomet, The Wilderness Society, the USFS and SEACC.

You too can support us!


Introduction to SEAWEAD

SEAWEAD work is supported through a largely volunteer effort. We are a 501-c3 non-profit charitable/educational organization that has been in existence since 1999.
SEAWEAD founders Bob Christensen and Nikki Koehler leaving Hoonah on our first field season day: May 11, 1999.
We got our start in Southeast Alaska working at Point Adolphus in Icy Strait looking at humpback whale and vessel interactions, distribution and abundance of all marine mammals in the Point Adolphus area, brown bear and human interactions at nearby Mud Bay, and camper use of the beaches from Chicken Creek to Mud Bay. Since then we have worked on a variety of projects, including: brown bear habitat use and human interactions at Lake Eva, Berners Bay, the Pack Creek Zoological Area, and Southeast Chichagof; migratory song bird use of trans-boundary rivers; vegetational patterns on the Gustavus Forelands; Western Toad surveys in Northern SE; collaboration on the Tongass Ground-truthing project; a Conservation Action Plan for Prince of Wales Island and a variety of Community Forest Projects throughout our region. In recent years we have expanded our scope to include research in Chile. The landscape, wildlife and peoples of Chile have a lot in common with Southeast Alaska and we believe that a cross-fertilization of ideas through international collaborations will greatly benefit us all in facing modern sustainability challenges.

If you have a project that aligns with our mission and are looking for an NGO to use as an umbrella we encourage you to contact us . We would be glad to provide what support we can: digital technical support, local knowledge on species and habitats of Southeast Alaska, networking for collaboration, etc. SEAWEAD does not typically conduct fund-raising for third-party projects but we would be glad to assist with administration of funds that you have secured for a minimal administration fee.



sapsucker strip-mines in southeast AlaskaOur mission is to facilitate collaborative stewardship in support of social and ecological resilience.

We provide timely, detailed information about wildlife habitat needs, natural resource availability and integrated resource planning opportunities. Our home and primary focus area is Southeast Alaska but we also work abroad where international collaboration provides relevant instruction to sustainability challenges at all scales.

Our goals are to design and conduct ecological research, inspire and inform community-based cooperative planning and monitoring, and encourage a balance of ecological integrity and human use.

Our strategy is to gather a broad range of ecological data and present this information to stake-holders as a backdrop for discussing community sustainability.

We got our start in the spring 1999 researching humpback whale, brown bear and human patterns of use in northern Southeast Alaska. Since that time our focus has changed from single species/single issue studies to holistic and integrated approaches to the landscapes that surround rural communities. 

Our emphasis on communication and public outreach stems from a conviction that good decision making is born of an informed and engaged public. We work with government agencies, local businesses, interest groups and communities in an effort to make cooperative stewardship a reality.


Support Us

There are many ways that you can help SEAWEAD stay afloat!

Humpaback Whale and rainbowYou can volunteer as a field assistant. We are always looking for curious, hard working people who can commit 2-6 weeks of their summer to learn about this beautiful place we call home. Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out what openings we have for the upcoming season.

You can donate goods or services. Much of the work that we do is supported by in-kind donations of equipment and skilled labor. Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out how to we could best put your talents to use.

You can contribute financially. SEAWEAD is 501 (c-3) Non-profit organization and we gratefully accept donations. Money is used to sustain our essential operations, such as producing newsletters, maintaining our vital communication services, and providing opportunities for people like you to join us in the field. Personal contributions generally range from $25 - $2000. We promise to make the most out of every dollar you give, and will honor any requests to fund particular projects. Checks may be sent to our headquarters at PO Box 306, Gustavus AK 99826.