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Community Forest Projects

Like Bears, birds, bees, and bugs; people have home ranges too- the landscapes that provide sustenance and opportunities for prosperity, what residents know and love as their home. We use the term "Community Forest" to talk about the terrestrial home range of people. We are committed to work collaboratively with communities to facilitate the development of sustainable and prosperous ways of life in Southeast Alaska and to foster overall social and ecological resilience.

Kake Community Forest

Kake Community Forest ProjectSEAWEAD has partnered with SEACC to put together a Community Forest Project for Kake. This project is based on a collaborative stewardship model and this webpage has been created to provide a central location for resource materials that support this effort. Here is an excerpt from the summary:

For this community forest project SEAWEAD again partnered with SEACC to conduct field surveys, gather reference material and provide tools for the collaborative stewardship of National Forest and Native Corporation lands immediately accessible to the community of Kake, Alaska herinafter referred to as The Kake Community Forest (KCF).  Our task:: 

  • Learn about Kake, what forest-related projects residents would like, the kinds of forest related jobs they would like, the community’s current capacity for conducting forest work, and their vision for long-term management of their community forest;
  • Assess the condition of the lands within the Kake Community Forest. 
  • Identify areas where wildlife habitat restoration and enhancement activities could be efficiently blended with opportunities for customary and traditional uses, sustainable logging, recreation development and the cultivation and harvest of non-timber forest products. 
  • Describe tools for community-based collaborative stewardship including: stewardship contracts and agreements, MOUs, and place-based legislation.
  • Utilize these tools to foster future stewardship activities in the Kake Community Forest that are thoroughly community-based and collaborative, are suited to the community’s capacity for doing the work, to increase capacity where desired and reflect the long-term vision the residents have for their community forest.

Click here to download a summary of the Kake Commmunity Forest Report or here to download the full report.

Appendix resources can be found below.

Read more: Kake Community Forest


Hoonah Community Forest Project

Hoonah Community Forest Project Report CoverThe Hoonah Community Forest Project emerged from a community conversation  facilitated by Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) in February of 2007.  Twenty-one people from Hoonah attended, including customary and traditional users, charter boat operators, a bear guide, the owner and six employees of Icy Straits Lumber, a Hoonah Indian Association council member, teachers, and others.  The discussion quickly centered on how the area right around Hoonah should be managed.  People were quite aware that the biggest and best trees around Hoonah have already been logged and they’re concerned about the “footprint” of future logging.  That said, they also wanted to keep Icy Straits lumber mill going and employing people.

SEACC partnered with SEAWEAD in an effort to create a tool that can be used to communicate the needs of the community, the current state of the forest around Hoonah, and the opportunities for helping the landscape bounce back more quickly from the “footprint” left from past logging.

The purpose of the Hoonah Community Forest project is to provide tools and recommendations for management of the landscape that is immediately accessible to the community of Hoonah, Alaska i.e. “The Hoonah Community Forest" and  to support collaboration on creating a blueprint for the development of healthy social and ecological systems in the Hoonah landscape.  We sought to:

  • Identify places for logging that would have the least impact on important fish and wildlife habitat;
  • Identify areas where restoration of fish and wildlife habitat would have the greatest impact in terms of community use and ecological value; and,
  • Actively build the community’s uses and needs into a landscape design through the concept of a Community Use Area.

Existing data, experiences from ground-truthing visits and interviews with locals were synthesized in the production of a management guide map that includes three general land use designations: Wilderness Opportunity, Fish and Wildlife Priority and Timber Opportunity. Check out the report.