Students working with Young Growth in Sitka Highschool

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From Trees to Timber: Young Growth in Use at Sitka High

“It is exciting to bring local wood back into the classroom. There will be some differences in using young growth than what we usually build with, so it should be a good experiment to see the best ways to use the wood,” said Sitka High School industrial arts teacher, Randy Hughey. “It will also be a great opportunity for the students to learn about the local resources available and how they can support the Sitka economy.” Funding for this project came from the National Forest Foundation to use local wood and plan watershed restoration projects in the Sitka Community Use Area.

Students get to experience multiple stages involved in turning wood from the mill into furniture, which can be seen in the short video below.


For more information on this project please contact Ray Friedlander with the Sitka Conservation Society