"Local communities and the U.S. Forest Service working together."

About Us

The Sitka Collaborative Stewardship Group (SCSG) promotes collaboration between the community and the U.S. Forest Service around public lands management in the Sitka Ranger District.

We support initiatives that address community, economic and environmental needs, by identifying landscapes and issues that are important to the community and convening collaborative discussion and action around them.

The SCSG is an open organization that relies on diverse community input and involvement. We invite all members of the community to get involved – help us develop and guide the initiatives you care about the most!

Sitka Community Use Area

The SCUA is the land that Sitkans consider their "home range."

The Sitka Community Use Area (SCUA) encompasses over one million acres of Sitka’s “home range.”

The SCUA is important to our community for jobs, recreation, subsistence, renewable energy, economic development, clean air, clean water, cultural and traditional uses, and our overall quality of life.

By advocating for better stewardship of the lands within the SCUA, we can ensure that the social, natural, and economic benefits of the SCUA’s abundance are preserved for future generations.

Through stewardship projects, the Sitka Collaborative Stewardship Group initiates broader communication around the interests of the community, the state of the forest, and how management can better respond to the needs of both.

Public input is critical, so contact us to see how you can get involved!


Local woodworkers discuss beach fringe young growth harvest, 2009. Past logging often occurred right up to the beach, creating thick young growth stands that now impair winter deer habitat. Today, logging up to the beach is illegal, but finding economic uses for this young growth can create the dual benefits of providing local wood and encouraging restoration.

The SCSG supports projects that seek to address a range of community, economic and environmental needs.

We start by identifying landscapes and issues that are important to the community and the Tongass, and convene collaborative discussion and action around them.

The initiatives outlined below encompass local collaborative projects that the SCSG supports or is directly involved in. This list highlights the range of work happening in the Sitka Ranger District, and the successful outcomes that can result from collaborating to improve the sustainability of our community and the environment we depend on.