Community-Based Watershed Management Forum: Re-cap and Resources

A wide range of diverse stakeholders and user groups, across Alaska, gathered to discuss locally lead watershed projects and management strategies that are making sustainable impacts in communities.

The National Forest Foundation and the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, would like to extend a VERY BIG thank you to Forum presenters, organizers, volunteers, and all of the participants who invested their time and energy by participating at the event. Including, Community-Based Watershed Groups, Municipalities, Tribes, Alaska State Legislature Representatives,  Federal  and State Natural Resource Agencies, Industry, Native Corporations, Businesses, Natural Resources Professionals, and local Citizens.


Restoration: Education & Regulation – Changing Community Perspectives over 15 years of ATV management in Yakutat

An Assessment of Habitat Restoration Practices in Juneau (USFWS)

Municipal Wetlands Management: Overview of the City & Borough of Juneau process and real life applications of the Juneau Wetlands Mgmt. Plan – March 2012

Steps to Develop Watershed Restoration & Enhancement Projects

Wetlands & Watershed Planning

Wetlands Planning & Projects in the Mat-Su

Watershed Assessments: An essential tool for effective watershed restoration (USFWS)

Developing a Municipal Ordinance: Citizen Education (Taiya Inlet Watershed Council)

Lessons Learned From Partnering with the Forest Service, Pt. 1

Lessons Learned From Partnering with the Forest Service, Pt. 2

The Watershed Approach: Community Planning and Management Strategies (US EPA)



Read or listen to the story about the Forum on  Alaska Public Radio


Continue Networking – Please contact SAWC for Contact information for Participants and Presenters


DEC’s contaminated sites in SE AK.

Goal: To build the capacity of Alaska’s municipalities, tribes, agencies, and organizations to carry out community-based watershed outreach, plans, projects and management actions.


1. Connect: To bring together a diverse group of natural resource and community development professionals, agency staffers, tribes, municipalities, regional organizations, and other user groups who are working on watershed and land management issues in Southeast Alaska and the State.

2. Inform: To offer presentations, trainings and panel discussions that provide participants with specific tools and resources necessary to implement projects and management strategies that promote sustainable water, resource, economic, and community interests.

3. Participate: To identify strategic partnership opportunities and ways to work collaboratively across the region that will continue to support and enhance informed community-based watershed projects and management strategies

Based on presenter feedback forms, the goal and objectives of this CBWM Forum were achieved. However as a coalition of dedicated professionals and citizens we can improve this event and make the next Community-Based Watershed Management Forum more effective.

We look forward to working with member groups, partners, and sponsors to continue these critical efforts to coordinate the distribution and sharing of information and resources necessary to make informed decisions and carry-out projects on the local level that promote watersheds, bolster local economies, and support sustainable communities.