The traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people are the forests and coastline of Southeast Alaska, extending from Yakutat on the north to the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia on the south. These traditional homelands represent approximately 22 million acres. Through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Sealaska owns and takes care of approximately 365,000 acres in the region.
Our land provides benefits in many ways, below are a few highlights.
Research and Science Guides our Land Management and Informs Industry
Effectiveness Monitoring and Research
Dr. Douglas Martin reports out 20-year study on Haa Aaní, Our Land
Sealaska relies on science to evaluate the effectiveness of forest practice regulations for the protection of fish habitat and water quality on its lands. In response to the revised Alaska Forest Resources and Practices Act (amended 1990), Sealaska initiated a forest and fish monitoring and research program in 1992, which continues today. Research studies are facilitated by a team of contract scientists under the guidance of Dr. Douglas Martin.
Sealaska Stewardship: Thinning Trees for a Healthy Forest
Sealaska continues to lead the way as the most knowledgeable stewards of the Tongass National Forest. As this video shows, Sealaska uses today's best science when making decisions regarding our timberland. Our land stewardship is also guided by our Native values which require us to balance cultural, economic, environmental and social needs.
View more about our approach to stewardship here.
Collaboration and Growing Cedar with Oregon State University and USFS
Sealaska’s Natural Resources department is concluding another successful year of partnership with the US Forest Service (USFS) and Oregon State University on how to regrow red and yellow cedar in Southeast. Our cedar research is designed to teach us how to successfully plant more cedar in favorable habitats. Southeast Alaska land managers want to ensure that future generations of Alaskans enjoy the cultural and economic benefits of red and yellow cedar.
Oregon State's forestry program documents this collaboration and results of the study in its quarterly publication—Focus, the magazine of OSU College of Forestry (Spring 2014).
Hear Sealaska’s Corporate Forester and Natural Resources Manager Brian Kleinhenz discuss research collaboration with USFS on cedar.
Sealaska Partners for Fish Habitat
A new group has formed to collaborate on fish habitat. The Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership (partnership/SEAKFHP) was formed in the spring of 2014. The partnership represents communities, governments, tribes, landowners, businesses and nonprofits.
Our Land Provides Cultural Benefits
During the last decade there has been a cultural movement in Hydaburg, Alaska. The community is being lifted up through people like the Young brothers who are contributing to the success of the Haida culture through their love of carving and the Haida language.
View how Hydaburg reconnects.
Our Land Helps Connect wtih Culture
Sealaska invests in Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian culture through our yearly financial contribution to Sealaska Heritage Institute and log donations to the Walter Soboleff Building. Our cornerstone investment with SHI was visible with the grand opening of the long-awaited building in downtown Juneau. The Walter Soboleff building is named after beloved Tlingit scholar and leader. Revisit with us the groundbreaking ceremony
Ground breaking highlights.