Thank you to everyone who stood up and donated for #GivingTuesday! After reaching our initial goal of $3,900, we decided that just like we will never stop working to protect Southeast, we wanted to look farther and stretch our goal to $5,500.
Join SEACC in the global giving movement 'Giving Tuesday'! Today SEACC is joining charities around the world to promote giving. By donating to SEACC and becoming a member, you are joining in this movement and helping us enter into a strong new year protecting the land and water of Southeast Alaska. Donations like yours are what makes our work possible here at SEACC.
The new year will bring with it both new opportunities and new challenges. With a new administration in 2017 we will need your support now more than ever and now is the time to have your voice heard! Help us move into a strong new year by becoming a member or renewing your membership to SEACC.
Give $50 or more before November 29th and get a 'We Eat Fish' hat!
New Communications Coordinator Bryn Fluharty models our ‘We Eat Fish’ hat
Did you know that 39% of the Tongass is designated as Wilderness Areas, National Monuments, and Roadless Areas? In celebration of our protected lands, we have a goal of raising $3,900 by November 29th, and your donation helps us get there!
A donation of only $35/year gets you a SEACC membership for yourself or someone you love! Memberships make great gifts. If you are looking for a gift for that special someone, donate in their name to tell those you love about a place you love! All levels of membership come with a donation certificate and inspirational landscape photo of one of our favorite places in Southeast.
Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and tag SEACC on your social media platforms to tell people that you have joined the movement and made a donation.
Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful holiday season and great new year!
Email any staff with their first name plus @seacc.org.
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.
Emily Ferry, Deputy Director
Drawn by the wild beauty of Southeast Alaska and desire to protect this unique place, Emily arrived in Juneau to work with SEACC in 2003.
Emily has been a strong voice in SEACC for over 10 years and has taken on a variety of roles. She spearheaded SEACC’s campaign to stop the Juneau Road extension, bringing to light many of the dangers and shortfalls of the proposed road. She is currently focused on finding ways to keep SEACC a strong, independent and local watchdog posed to protect Southeast Alaska’s clean water, healthy forests and the communities the depend on them. While other adventures like living in Iceland, orchestrating a study abroad program for the School for Renewable Energy Science, or raising her three kids have periodically brought her away from SEACC, she has always returned.
Emily’s passion for Alaska began while studying Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire and continued through a cross-country bike ride and a number of other volunteer efforts that eventually lead to a paying gig helping to safeguard the best of the Tongass. She and her family can often be found on the ski slopes in the winter and on Juneau’s rocky beaches in the summer.
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, Inside Passage Waterkeeper Program Coordinator
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 the Inside Passage Waterkeeper to safeguard clean water and wild salmon from threats such as mining and cruise ship dumping. 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.
Darrin Kelly, Tongass Forest Campaign Manager
Darrin has over two decades of experience working in the non-profit and private sector on collaborative conservation solutions and is honored to be part of SEACC’s legacy of protecting the wild places of Southeast Alaska. His work included time in New England as an environmental educator and whale watching naturalist, lobbyist in Washington DC, winter seabird technician, outdoor retail manager, and as owner and Master Maine Guide for his sea kayaking ecotourism company specializing in voluntourism research expeditions with land trusts and public land agencies in Downeast, Maine. He has served on a variety of non-profit Boards for land trusts, state and regional tourism marketing organizations, and Chambers of Commerce. After graduate work at the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, he joined the Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger in the Tongass National Forest, Sitka Ranger District before moving into Special Uses in Juneau and large collaborative NEPA planning projects. Most recently he worked with as the Partnership Coordinator for the Monongahela National Forest out of Elkins, WV on landscape-scale restoration initiatives. Most importantly, he enjoys getting out to enjoy the redemptive power of Southeast Alaska’s wild places with his wife and two boys.
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
Bryn began working with SEACC at the end of 2016. Her drive to work in the environmental field stems from a life spent outside. Originally from Seattle, she 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, seeking out internships at home and abroad, and working with a variety of environmental organizations fighting to conserve our natural resources. Life in Southeast Alaska’s rainforest should suite Bryn well as she feels that Seattle has become too crowded and sunny. When she is not working Bryn enjoys climbing, art, photography, writing, yoga, and reading.
Board of Directors
Clay Frick, President, Juneau
Marian Allen, Secretary, Sitka
Steve Lewis, Tenakee Springs
Stephen Todd, Vice President, Wrangell
Bart Koehler, Juneau
Ray Sensmeier, Yakutat
Victoria McDonald, Ketchikan
Zach Brown, Gustavus
Wayne Weihing, Ketchikan
Eric Kocher, Treasurer, Haines
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Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
224 Gold St.
Juneau, AK 99801
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council works its magic in three ways:
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 longterm jobs for Tongass communities. Read more about our framework and vision for the Tongass.
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. An independent program of SEACC, the Inside Passage Waterkeeper organizes people to monitor and protect clean water, and provides the legal and scientific expertise to hold polluters accountable, from source to sea. http://www.insidepassagewaterkeeper.org
Technical support for grassroots changemakers.
Our Tools for Change program builds people power for social and environmental change in our region. Our toolkit includes training in community org anizing, water quality science, access to our progressive network and online platforms, multimedia storytelling, and legal action. This year, we’re helping the citizen-led Alaska Climate Action Network get off the ground and make change on climate around our state and the world. We offer ongoing training and study design for water quality monitoring projects around the region. http://www.alaskaclimateaction.org
Grassroots Legal Program
Our Grassroots Attorney Buck Lindekugel and Inside Passage Waterkeeper Coordinator 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
We have simplified our membership program so that we can put more of your contributions toward the work that you care about. All memberships are on a January – December schedule. Memberships as of October 2016 will expire at the end of 2017 (over a year from now.) Any contribution of $35 or more or a monthly contribution of $3 or more will make you a member in good standing through Dec. 31st 2017.
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.
Protect what you love!
For over 45 years, SEACC has brought local voices together to defend the world's last great salmon strongholds, protecting the foundation of a $1 billion fishing industry that powers our local communities, and supplies salmon to the world. Our members are the fishermen, hunters, scientists, small sawmillers, 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 are working hard to protect the best of America's last large temperate rainforest through the Tongass Blueprint Project. Our Inside Passage Waterkeeper is zeroed in on keeping Alaska's clean water clean through the Inside Passage Waterkeeper. And we're working to keep our climate just a little bit cooler via the Alaska Climate Action Network.
Find out what's happening with Southeast Alaska's land, air, and water and how you can help protect what you love.