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*NEW* Alaska Invasives ID App

*NEW* Alaska Invasives ID App

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Do you want to help identify, track, and manage invasive species in your area? The Alaska Invasive Species Partnership has just released a new mobile application to do just that! The new app features an interactive key to identify invasive species, pictures and descriptions of invasive species, and easy reporting that captures your location and allows you to submit photos. By reporting sightings of invasive species, we can better assess the extent of the infestations and hopefully eradicate new infestations before they become huge problems. The goal of Alaska Invasives ID is to make identification and reporting of invasive species as easy and efficient as possible. Download the app from the app store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/alaska-invasives-id/id930180139 
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Salt and Soil Moves to Ecotrust

Salt and Soil Moves to Ecotrust

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For over 5 years, SAWC has hosted a local food program in collaboration with the Sustainable Southeast Partnership. This included building and operating the Salt and Soil Marketplace, hosting the “Local Food Challenge”, lending support to local growers and harvesters, and facilitating networking and capacity development projects for local foods production, circular economies, and traditional food systems. Some people have asked, “Why the connection between watershed health and local food?” The obvious answer is salmon. We want them to return healthy and strong, so we can eat them! A more complex, but equally powerful reason is our connection to land and community. Like restoring your local stream, eating from the land you steward helps grow the roots needed to care for our environment and neighbors. There are many other connections,…
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It may look good from afar, but it’s far from good.

It may look good from afar, but it’s far from good.

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It may look good from afar, but it's far from good. Unknown from Juneau until about 8 years ago, the European bird cherry is a highly invasive non-native tree found throughout the road system. While the tree was likely brought to town for its ornamental qualities, its acrid cherries are consumed by birds, which distribute the seeds to new locations in their droppings. SAWC has been busy mapping the distribution of bird cherry this spring as their leaves emerge long before those of other trees making them easy to spot in a crowded forest or back yard.  Next, we'll work with landowners to eradicate the trees. To learn more about this invasive tree, check out the full brochure and let us know if you find any around Juneau or other…
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Annual Spring Clean Up May 1st, 2021

Annual Spring Clean Up May 1st, 2021

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Help Keep Juneau's Watersheds Free of Litter Litter in our streams, riparian areas and wetlands isn't just unsightly, it can harm the environment. Plastic, the most ubiquitous type of litter, is common in many of our local water bodies and has a good chance of making it to the ocean, contributing to the 8 million tons of plastic waste that flows from land to sea each year. There, sunlight and physical forces break plastic into tiny particles. This microplastic can harm aquatic life and often ends up in the seafood that we consume. Help tackle Juneau's plastic pollution problem on Saturday May 1 by taking part in the annual city wide clean-up.
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SAWC Presents: Making Watershed Plans Work

SAWC Presents: Making Watershed Plans Work

Events, Trainings & Opportunities
Join the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition March 15th-18th for a series of trainings discussing how to get restoration projects off the ground. Speakers will provide locally relevant information and examples for Southeast Alaska communities involved in watershed work. Contact Sarah at SARAHMAEDAVIDSON@GMAIL.COM for more information.   ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED REGISTER NOW!   [gview file="https://www.alaskawatershedcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Making-Watershed-Plans-Work-Training-Series-Flyer.pdf"]
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Food Catalyst Fellowship – Apply now!

Food Catalyst Fellowship – Apply now!

Community Food Sustainability, Events, Trainings & Opportunities
The Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition(SAWC), and Spruce Root are thrilled to launch a six month-long fellowship designed to bring together Southeast Alaskans who are interested in catalyzing projects to promote food security and food sovereignty in rural Alaska Native communities. A cohort of up to six fellows will receive training in business and project planning, form connections with regional experts, and will be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in funding to support their projects. Click here for more details.
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Training: Stream Restoration Using Hand Tools Techniques

Training: Stream Restoration Using Hand Tools Techniques

Events, Trainings & Opportunities
With the support of the National Forest Foundation and the technical expertise of the US Forest Service, SAWC is sponsoring a training on the use of hand tools and work crews to restore in-stream fish habitat in streams that lack large woody debris because of riparian logging. The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership will be sending some experienced crew members to help share lessons learned. Students will learn to identify appropriate sites, how to plan restoration, and how to safely implement restoration by felling or tipping trees using winches and chainsaws and then manipulating the trees into place using winches and hand tools. The training is for crew leaders or biologist planning the restoration work. We are reserving the limited space in the training for organizations that are actively planning work crews within…
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Transportation Challenges

Transportation Challenges

Community Food Sustainability
In more than three years we have planned and executed a food hub in Southeast Alaska as a way to solve the most critical challenge in order for food producers, especially vegetable farmers, to grow their operations and access larger urban markets. Here are our lessons learned regarding the challenges that transportation continues to pose for a regional food economy. While other regional studies address general transportation options, this white paper uses the food hub’s experiences as a case study to examine the specific barriers, costs, and recommendations for improving transportation options for the region’s vegetable producers.   [gview file="https://www.alaskawatershedcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Transportation-Whitepaper-SAWC-2020.pdf"]
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Restoring Fish Habitat on a Tributary of Pat’s Creek

Restoring Fish Habitat on a Tributary of Pat’s Creek

Community Watershed Stewardship, Healthy Watersheds, Restoration & Mitigation
Before: Introducing the project At the end of March, SAWC completed on the ground restoration work on a small tributary that feeds into the Pat’s Creek watershed near Wrangell, AK. This tributary had been damaged and blocked off in areas as a result of previous logging operations at the site. The goal of this project is to return the stream to its natural condition prior to logging, allowing for fish passage and sustaining habitat for fish species. Here's an overview of the project site before restoration took place (photograph taken from the Zimovia Hwy bridge): The blue line shows roughly where the stream channel lies beneath piles of slash, sod, and a discarded puncheon trail. This stream crosses under a log stringer bridge from an old road (the black line),…
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