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Project Archives

SEAWEAD has completed a number of projects since we began in 1999. Subjects range from individual species such as brown bears and shore birds, to habitats, watersheds and landscapes. In recent years our project work has largely found itself at home in broader interdisciplinary initiatives that include ecological, social and economic values such as community forest projects. See below a sample of SEAWEAD past projects and don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to see something else we may have been involved with.
Tongass Forest Restoration Report

Tongass Forest Restoration ReportSEAWEAD partnered with The Wilderness Society to produce a technical report on forest restoration for Southeast Alaska. You can download an 8 megabyte version of the report that is suitable for screen reading here, or you can download a 60 megabyte high resolution version that is suitable for printing here. If you would like the ability to zoom into the photos and maps without losing detail we recommend downloading the high resolution version .

This report is meant to be an approachable reference on ecological restoration of Southeast Alaskan forests. Our intended audiences are resource managers, community and tribal leaders, conservationists, contractors and others interested in forest restoration. For this effort we have conducted an exhaustive literature review, interviewed experts in the field, conducted GIS analysis and drawn from ground-truthing experiences throughout the region.

Click here for a low resolution version of the report and click here for a high resolution version of the report.

Kake Community Forest Report

SEAWEAD collaborated with SEACC to put together a Community Forest report for Kake. We led field surveys, gathered reference material and provided tools for the collaborative stewardship of National Forest and Native Corporation lands immediately accessible to the community of Kake. Our task:


  • Kake Community Forest ReportLearn 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 Community Forest Report or here to download the full report. Contact us for appendix resources.

Short-eared Owls

This is a photo of a short-eared owl with a backpack transmitter for tracking movementsSeveral data sources indicate that the Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) is declining across its North American range. The primary threat responsible for this decline is believed to be degradation or loss of critical habitats such as native grasslands and coastal wetlands; however, vehicle collisions, predation, and contaminants are also likely factors. Life history information, including migratory movements, is scarce for this species of conservation concern. In an attempt to fill in some of the gaps of our understanding of Short-eared Owls, SEAWEAD and USFWS biologist Jim Johnson began a satellite telemetry study on the southern Seward Peninsula. During June 2009, we attached small solar-powered satellite transmitters to 14 owls to determine the timing and routes of migration and to locate important wintering areas.

Owls have dispersed from the Seward Peninsula and are now distributed from the southern Prairie Provinces to Central Mexico and from California to Colorado – an area encompassing 30 degrees (insert degree symbol) of latitude and 20 degrees (insert degree symbol) of longitude. Transmitter life may exceed two years and we are anticipating an exciting spring migration as we follow these birds on their northward migration. You too can follow the movements of these owls by following this link.

For more information on this project and how to get involved contact Jim Johnson of the USFWS in Anchorage.


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Oyster Catchers
Pack Creek Bears

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SRD Bears

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Berners Bay Bears

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Lake Eva Bears
Mud Bay Bears
Gustavus Vegetation

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West Toad Study

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Point Adolphus Marine Mammals