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For 47 years SEACC has been Southeast Alaska's grassroots voice in conservation. We work to protect the Tongass National Forest, Inside Passage, and our unique Southeast Alaska way of life.
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Meredith Trainor, Executive Director
Meredith fell in love with the wild mountains and towering forests of the Pacific Northwest while working in Seattle for the Pew Charitable Trust’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign. It was this love of mountains and wild places that then drew her to SEACC, where she started as the executive director in 2016.
Early in her career, Meredith worked with stakeholders from the Forest Products Association of Canada on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. She successfully lead an effort to increase the amount of Canadian Boreal Forest under permanent protection from development, by working with forest products industry members, provincial and First Nations governments, Indigenous peoples, industry, the scientific community and community members, among others. She is looking forward to working with many of these same constituencies here in Southeast Alaska.
Meredith holds a Masters in Forest Ecology and Management from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In her personal life, Meredith is an alpine climber, a nordic skier, a rower, and a beginner backcountry skier and ice climber. Climbing has been a big part of Meredith's life: In 2015 she led a successful all woman climb of Denali’s West Buttress route and in 2016 led an attempt on the Sultana Ridge on Sultana (Mt. Foraker), in the Alaska Range.
Maggie Rabb, Director of Development and Operations
Maggie was born in Juneau but grew up in rural Northern Vermont where she developed a deep appreciation of nature. She jumped at the opportunity to travel to Alaska after high school working as a trolling deckhand out of Sitka for six summers. Maggie found her passion for Southeast during her summers on a troller delivering salmon to communities throughout Southeast. During that time, she met, and later married, a commercial fisherman and continued to spend time each year in Southeast.
She graduated with a BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University in Upstate New York where her studies focused on social movement organizations. Maggie spent time pursuing graduate studies in Sociology at Michigan State University and later spent a year as an international marine policy fellow at the State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C.
In 2013 Maggie followed her dream of relocating to Southeast Alaska by moving to Juneau. In Juneau, she worked at Perseverance Theatre as their Development Director for three years. She is now able to use her experience working in fundraising and non-profits in furtherance of her passion for environmental conservation.
Buck Lindekugel, Grassroots Attorney
Buck’s love of all things wild began on the rolling deck of a purse seiner near Noyes Island. There he gained a deep appreciation and respect for the amazing wild places and people of Southeast Alaska. After he graduated from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College he decided to put his law degree to work protecting what he loves and started his own law firm. In 1989 Buck won a landmark case that lead directly to requirements for meaningful buffer strips along all salmon and fish streams in the Tongass National Forest, found in the 1990 Tongass Timber Reform Act.
In 1990, he joined SEACC as a grassroots attorney. Now he oversees the grassroots legal program, putting his love of the law and the environment to work and advocating for stronger protections for the Tongass and Southeast Alaska. In 2007, Buck received the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Olaus Murie Aware for Outstanding Professional Contributions. He has reviewed seven different Tongass Land Management Plan amendments and revisions, helped local residents challenge dozens of timber sales, and worked to enforce the Clean Water Act.
Guy Archibald, Staff Scientist
Guy first discovered his love of nature as a young child growing up in the Rocky Mountains, just west of Denver. Over the years he watched as the area once filled with deep, dark forests, groves of golden aspen, and huge herds of elk and deer in wide-open meadows was replaced by a six-lane highway, strip malls and suburban sprawl of 30,000 people. This spurred his desire to work in the environmental field. Soon he was pursuing degrees in biology and education, leading to 20 years of work as an environmental chemist before coming to SEACC.
His work in environmental chemistry underscored the importance of protecting the clean water of the forest and seas and the communities that depend on them. He has seen first-hand how pressures to see the land only as a commodity, combined with a fractured regulatory system threaten the once pristine waters of Alaska.
He is now able to use his skills in science, as SEACC's staff scientist to safeguard clean water and wild salmon from threats such as mining. He believes in the work done at SEACC and that the only thing worth doing is leaving the world a better place. When not working at SEACC Guy enjoys spending time with his family. He is also a skilled and avid carpenter, hunter, fisherman, science teacher, and observer of the natural world.
Crystal Nelson, Tongass Forest Program Manager and Indigenous Engagement Lead
Crystal is Tlingit, from the Raven-Coho clan, and the Humpback Whale House in Dry Bay. Born and raised in Juneau, Crystal began her academic career in Portland, OR, where she received education and training in social systems, social justice, and community organizing. She graduated from UAS with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with an independent major entitled, “Indigenous and Western Societies of Alaska,” with a minor in the Tlingit language. She then traveled up and down the NW Coast as a Chilkat weaving apprentice, receiving some of her most important cultural teachings that continue to guide her life. Her mission to look for practical, innovative solutions for our region’s economic and environmental future is soon to be explored in her thesis for the Master’s in Rural Development program at UAF. She is looking forward to weaving all parts of her background—her mission-driven employment experiences, along with her research, culture, passions, and art—into the Tongass Program Manager role.
Sarah Davidson, Inside Passage Waters Program Manager
Sarah is originally from San Francisco and is looking forward to returning to the mighty Pacific from Washington DC, where she has been working on urban stormwater projects and community engagement with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Sarah obtained a dual master's degree from American University and the University for Peace in Costa Rica with a focus in water governance, peacebuilding, and community engagement. She is excited to get to know Southeast Alaska and continue to pursue her passions in participatory processes and all things water!
Irene Dundas, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator
Irene is Tlingit from the Tsaagweidi clan of, “The House that Anchored the Village,” in Kake, Alaska. Born in Ketchikan and raised between Saxman and Kake, Irene’s career and life have been dedicated to serving the native community. She has served full-time in a dual role as an elected position as the Tribal President of Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) and was assigned to conduct the Tribal Administrator role, responsible for one of the largest Indian Tribes in SE Alaska, with a focus on preserving self-governance for KIC Tribal Members. Irene has served as KIC’s Tribal President for the last 6 years. In her leadership capacity, she’s been instrumental in fostering communication, advocating and asserting KIC’s authority as a Tribal government. Irene has an extensive background working with the Forest Service, State of Alaska, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service to ensure a meaningful consultation platform is established to conduct an ongoing government to government relationship for a wide range of issues that impact, effect, and benefit KIC’s Tribal Members.
Irene worked for Cape Fox Corporation for 17 years where she interviewed elder’s, initiated formal Native American Graves Protection Repatriation Act consultation, and reviewed petitions for potential clan artifacts belonging to the Tlingit people of Ketchikan and Saxman areas held by museums. She has researched clan lineage, determining artifact clan property ownership, and created 221 Family Genealogical charts dating back to 1550. Additionally, she has researched human remains, burials, and exhuming, identifying cultural sacred sites for appropriate burial, and place name clan identification, and conducted research on cultural sacred sites, clan property, clan identification, migration, and clan history for the traditional Tlingit of Ketchikan and Saxman area.
Irene is very excited to work for SEACC as an Indigenous Outreach Coordinator where she can use her cultural knowledge, resources, and her widespread network to engage the native community to become actively involved in the transboundary issues.
Heather Evoy, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator
Heather is a native Alaskan, born and raised in Ketchikan, and an Alaska Native, Tsimshian, and Tlingit. Heather graduated with a BLA from UAS with focus areas of Anthropology and Environmental Sciences. The locally focused interdisciplinary training and knowledge Heather gained throughout her undergraduate career included topics such as: environmental economics; glaciology, hydrology and geomorphology of Southeast landscape in context/relation to ancient human occupation; tribal and local governance and politics; museum/archival experience; and countless hours of independent study based on ethnographic interviews and archival research regarding her family’s home community of Metlakatla. Heather will be starting graduate studies in the fall of 2018, through UAF’s Northern Studies program.
Some of Heather’s fondest childhood memories took place in Metlakatla with her grandmother when they went out in darkness at minus tides to dig for clams and when they would spend long summer hours together berry picking. Heather has taken notice of the many environmental changes experienced in her region, both in her personal life and academic work. She seeks to understand those changes through an indigenous lens while strengthening and uniting forces for those most afflicted by the ongoing changes. Heather has been living in Juneau since 2012 where she and her two children have continued to enjoy being members of two intertribal dance groups and learning their Tsimshian ancestral language of S’malgyax.
Thomasina Andersen, Office and Operations Manager
Thomasina was born and raised in a traditional fishing family in Cordova, AK. Much of her early life was spent exploring the Chugach, an area that she loves deeply. In 2000, she moved to Southeast to attend UAS. This move allowed her to explore Southeast’s wild places, falling in love with the forests and waters of the Tongass. She returned to Anchorage where she graduated from UAA with a BA in English Rhetoric. She has worked in a variety of places like the Chugach Alaska Corporation’s Business Development Unit and the State of Alaska’s Department of Education & Early Development.
It was her time as the Operations Manager for the Copper River Watershed Project in Cordova that she found her true calling, defending Alaska’s wild places. By 2016 she had followed her heart back to Juneau and found a home doing what she loves with SEACC. When she’s not protecting Southeast with SEACC, she enjoys hiking, biking, reading, writing, and being a nerd.
Bryn Fluharty, Communications and Online Coordinator
Originally from Seattle, Bryn fell in love with the amazing natural spaces of the Pacific Northwest at an early age. She has parlayed this love into a career starting with getting her MA in Environmental Policy from American University in DC, and has worked with a variety of environmental organizations. When she is not working Bryn enjoys climbing, art, photography, writing, yoga, and reading.
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Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
224 Gold St.
Juneau, AK 99801
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council works its magic in three ways:
Tongass Forest Program
Southeast Alaskans are ready for Tongass management that preserves habitat for hunting; saves salmon strongholds for fishing; supports our booming tourism industry, and protects the carbon-rich ancient forests that moderate global climate. We can get there today by ending controversial old-growth clearcuts and supporting a community-scale, local wood economy that provides long-term jobs for Tongass communities.
Inside Passage Waters Program
Keeping Southeast Alaska’s clean water clean.
From the headwaters of our transboundary rivers to the estuaries of the Inside Passage, clean water unifies our region and supports the salmon that power our communities.
Grassroots Legal Program
Our Grassroots Attorney Buck Lindekugel and Staff Scientist Guy Archibald provide legal and scientific resources at the request of local communities.
For more than 40 years, SEACC has brought local voices together to defend the last great salmon strongholds on our planet, protecting the foundation of a $1 billion fishing industry that powers our local communities and supplies wild salmon to the world.
Our members are the fishermen, hunters, scientists, small saw millers, Alaska Natives, hikers, paddlers, and business owners who live, work, and play in Southeast Alaska. We're united by our love of this place, and our unique, salmon-based way of life.
We don’t show up to work at SEACC for any reason other than to make the world a better place for all those who call Southeast Alaska home.
Over nearly the last half-century, we’ve done just that. But past success doesn’t guarantee anything in the future, and we know we have to earn your support by continuing to do what we’re here to do: change Southeast Alaska for the better.
Increasingly, this means working across nontraditional boundaries to get our work done. With wealth inequality at a record high, and climate change connecting social and environmental problems, the time is now to band together for justice across every line that has ever divided us.
What does that mean here in Southeast? We think it means renewing our commitment to what unites all of us, and pushing hard where we have common ground - our close-knit communities and our unique ability to fish, hunt, and play in the most beautiful and abundant place in the United States.
Together, we can work locally to build prosperity and resiliency into our Southeast Alaskan communities amid a changing climate and a political system dominated by transnational corporations. We hope you’ll join us with a donation of time or money, and also let us know how we can best join you by serving your cause and your needs.
Supporters like you make up the single biggest source of funding for SEACC - your locally grown and operated Tongass watchdog and defenders of the last great salmon strongholds. Your contribution helps us protect Southeast Alaska through nonstop field organizing, a grassroots legal program, tenacious policy advocacy, and water quality science.
Becoming a SEACC member means joining a community of people here in Southeast and throughout the nation who want to protect the clean water and wild places that form the foundation of our unique, Southeast Alaskan way of life. You can become a member by making a donation today or setting up a monthly donation.
All members receive our bi-annual Ravencall Newsletter, up-to-date alerts, thoughtful analysis on issues facing Southeast, and a behind-the-scenes look at our work. Sustainers will also receive a Chico Bag while Guardians and above receive a high-quality print of the Lynn Canal by photographer Michele Cornelius.
$35 (or $3/month) = Member
$50 (or $5/month) = Steward
$100 (or $9/month) = Advocate
$250 (or $21/month) = Guardian
$500 (or $42/month) = Champion
$1000 (or $84/month) = Strongheart
Thank you for your continued support and helping us protect the planet’s last large temperate rainforest, salmon runs, and unique Southeast Alaska way of life!
We're bringing people together in our region and around the world in support of the greatest place on earth: Southeast Alaska. We believe people power can protect the last great salmon strongholds on the planet - so we're rallying people around protecting clean water and building a Tongass economy without old-growth clearcuts.