From Anthony Mallott, Sealaska President and CEO: The balanced land management structure outlined below can offer current benefits and continue to provide opportunity for generations to come.
Sealaska’s land ownership through ANCSA is 1.6 percent of our original 23 million-acre homelands. Yet we have made solid contributions and advancements to the regional economy, environmental management and social and cultural well-being of our communities for more than 35 years.
The balanced land management structure outlined below can offer current benefits and continue to provide opportunity for generations to come.
Of Sealaska’s 362,000 acres of which only 90,000 has been clearcut, we will:
Utilize 35 percent in perpetuity as a working forest. As a working forest we will harvest timber using the best science for land management. Sealaska’s working forest cycle can:
- Grow healthy forests that maintains good wildlife habitat
- Have no long-term negative affect to salmon streams
- Have an economic impact by maintaining hundreds of jobs in rural areas that equals millions in payroll within a small-scale sustainable harvest
Utilize 65 percent as mature forest to maintain other opportunities such as:
- Light and selective harvest
- Carbon sequestration
- Wetland mitigation
- Natural product harvest
- Community and cultural use
Our long-term, sustainable view, built upon a history of experience, science and business development, exemplifies the Native value of Haa Shuká—taking action for benefits today and for future generations.
We are changing how we work internally and are seeing the benefits from the integration efforts within Sealaska Government Services and Haa Aaní.
I am excited about Sealaska’s future and hope you will share in our optimism after reading the articles in this edition of the Shareholder highlighting our activity and progress.
Anthony Mallott, President and CEO