Southeast Alaska Is Our Home

And we’re here to protect it

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is a homegrown conservation group of Southeast Alaskans fiercely fighting to protect our home: the ancient and mighty Tongass National Forest and the crisp, vibrant waters of the Inside Passage.
This is our backyard. We’ve been protecting it for over 50 years, and continue today. 

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Tell DOWA to stop funding the Palmer Mine!

Japanese smelter company DOWA Metals and Mining has taken control of the Palmer Mine Project at the headwaters of the Chilkat Watershed. Not only does the mine project threaten the Chilkat Watershed’s biological diversity, pristine water, and the downstream communities of Haines and Klukwan, but it’s a boondoggle, unlikely to generate profitable returns. Send this letter DOWA today, telling them to stop funding the mine!

Southeast Alaska Is Under Threat, and We’re Doing Something About It

We are facing daily, hostile threats to our environment and way of life in Southeast Alaska.

Out-of-touch Alaska politicians want to repeal decades-old safeguards on the Tongass to open it up to clearcut logging and road building. National, state, and local agencies constantly propose new timber sales to clearcut the forest. The mining industry here in Alaska and across the border in Canada willfully ignores environmental regulations and tries to extract more and more minerals from the earth’s near-critical salmon-producing watersheds.

On top of it all, Alaska is on the front lines of climate change, warming twice as fast as the rest of the country.

All of this threatens the 35 communities that make up Southeast Alaska.

We are commercial fishermen. We are hikers and kayakers. We are small business owners. We are Alaska Natives. We are hunters. We are parents, grandparents, and youth. We are family. And we are here to say enough.

To us, Southeast Alaska, though beautiful, is not just pretty scenery. It is where we live, work, and play. We rely on this living forest and its waterways for food, jobs, clean air, and water.

SEACC has galvanized our supporters into action to successfully protect this place for over 50 years. We are a truly grassroots advocacy nonprofit organization, supported by the members who work with us to take action. We use our collective regional voice — united by the love of this special place — to win in the courtroom, to watchdog harmful industries, and to advocate for laws that point us toward a more sustainable future.

We are Southeast Alaskans: this is our home. And we’re not going anywhere.

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What We’re Working On

Tongass National Forest

With its ancient, towering trees and pristine waterways teeming with salmon, the lush Tongass National Forest spans Southeast Alaska’s panhandle and is the largest national forest in the United States. We work to protect, restore and honor this living temperate rainforest — traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples — that drives our region’s economy and sustains us with food, jobs, and clean air and water.

Inside Passage Waters

Southeast Alaska is as much water as it is land. Here, the interconnected web of the Inside Passage is home to lush wild salmon rivers and immense watersheds that feed the trees of the Tongass and the oceans of the world. It is a place teeming with biodiversity — from whales and wolves, to eagles, deer and bears, to salmon and communities.

Grassroots Community Organizing

SEACC brings people together in our region and around the world in support of the greatest place on Earth: Southeast Alaska. We believe people power is key to protecting this special place from industrial-scale clearcut logging, mines that threaten our salmon strongholds, political threats, and a climate that is changing at a dizzying speed.

Happening Now

Heather Evoy’s SEACC Travel Series Recap

Heather Evoy’s SEACC Travel Series Recap

If you follow us on social media, you might have noticed how, every Sunday, I recapped a trip I made in Southeast Alaska (and beyond) on behalf of SEACC with a focus on food security and food sovereignty — two topics I found to be recurring themes throughout my travels. It’s been wonderful being...

You could win big this Giving Tuesday!

You could win big this Giving Tuesday!

Donations must be made on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29), between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Alaska Time to enter the giveaways and be qualified for the match. Giving Tuesday is a global movement towards a stronger spirit of generosity. Created in response to the chaotic consumerism of Black Friday, Giving...

It’s been a big week for climate at SEACC!

It’s been a big week for climate at SEACC!

It’s been a big week for SEACC’s climate work. I want to start by thanking everyone who made it out to our Climate and Energy Community Forum on Tuesday, we had more than 40 attendees and a lot of interest from folks who couldn’t make it, so we’re sharing the recording here! The key takeaway? Our...

Juneau Activists Rally During COP27 to Support Protecting Mature Forests

Juneau Activists Rally During COP27 to Support Protecting Mature Forests

Climate-oriented groups TWECAN, 350 Juneau, AYEA, and SEACC will hold a local event during the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) to address how to combat the climate crisis in Southeast Alaska. Juneau’s COP27 Meetup will happen at Overstreet Park — aka The Whale — where these...