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Hoonah Native Forest Partnership

The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership or HNFP is the region’s premiere community forest initiative. This project builds on Hoonah Community Forest report, a project that SEAWEAD initiated with SEACC in 2008.

This is a photo of SEAWEAD ecologist Bob Christensen with Donny, Philip and Rosita of the HNFP field crew while conducting vegetation surveys near Seal Mountain.

This is a photo of SEAWEAD ecologist Bob Christensen with Donny, Philip and Rosita of the HNFP field crew doing vegetation surveys near Seal Mountain.

The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) is a science-based, landscape scale, community forest approach to watershed planning and project implementation. The overall goal of the HNFP is to achieve a measurable and resilient blend of timber, salmon and deer production, local economic diversification and improved watershed health. The HNFP is one of southeast Alaska’s premiere all-lands, all-hands initiatives and our hopes is that this effort can be used as a model for other areas in the region.

SEAWEAD worked through the SSP with the Hoonah Indian Association and Sealaska to successfully fund the HNFP using the NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The HNFP has been in operation for three years and has completed a comprehensive and consistent inventory for roads, streams and vegetation for both public and private lands in the HNFP project area. This Fall, the partners will use this inventory to identify a number of priority conservation and economic development projects that we hope will provide benefits for all stakeholders for the generations to come.