Tag Archives: Sitka Conservation Society
Graduate students from the University of Michigan and Sitka Conservation Society's Marjorie Hennessy discuss their current fieldwork on Kruzof Island.
Sitka’s Fish-to-Schools program will be easier to reproduce in other communities, thanks to a new handbook from the Sitka Conservation Society. A Guide to Serving Local Fish in School Cafeterias was published online last week (3-14-14) by the Society. It contains everything someone needs to know to navigate the sometimes-choppy waters to get locally-caught seafood onto public school menus.
The Sitka Conservation Society's Tracy Gagnon discusses their new Guide to Serving Local Fish in School Cafeterias. The guide offers resources for schools or parents interested in developing the networks needed to serve local fish in schools. It also has an elementary school curriculum. There will be a celebration/information event with the Sitka School Board and the Sitka Local Foods Network 6:30 PM Thu Mar 20 at Blatchley Middle School.
About 40 people turned out in Sitka last week to discuss House Bill 77. The bill is part of an effort by the Parnell Administration to streamline the process for permitting projects on state land. But some Sitkans are joining a chorus of critics who say the bill goes too far, and would curtail public participation in natural resource decisions.
In other business Tuesday night (2-4-14), the Sitka School Board put its weight behind an effort to increase funding for locally-sourced food in schools across the state. In a resolution to the legislature, the board cited the success of Sitka’s Fish to Schools program as justification for extending a similar statewide program beyond one year. Nutritional Alaska Food for Schools was introduced by Anchorage Republican Bill Stoltze in 2012, and piloted last year.
The Sitka High wood shop is involved in an experiment to learn if young-growth timber can be made into high end furniture and other products. One of three class sections is using locally-harvested and milled alder in their projects; the other two are using traditional hardwoods from the lower forty-eight. Their teacher says his students don’t notice any difference.
Over thirty years ago, the Sitkoh River watershed on Chichagof Island was logged, damaging the local salmon habitat. Now, the US Forest Service is partnering with environmental groups to restore the river -- and they say the project is a perfect example of broader changes taking place on the Tongass.