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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Cultural Revitalization and Economic Development in Wrangell

Cultural Revitalization and Economic Development in Wrangell

Community Watershed Stewardship
  Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA), the federally recognized tribe for Wrangell is undertaking a cultural revitalization and economic development project to strengthen the community’s cultural identity and create opportunities for local economic growth.   A small island town with economic roots in the fishing and logging industries, Wrangell is nestled in the heart of the Inside Passage at the mouth of the mighty Stikine River. Wrangell’s cultural heritage is rooted in the traditions of the Stikine Tlingit and Haida tribes, a cultural connection that the Wrangell Cooperative Association has been working to revitalize and reestablish in the close-knit community of 2,300 residents.     [caption id="attachment_1270" align="aligncenter" width="432"] Construction of the Cultural Center in Downtown Wrangell, June 2013[/caption]   WCA is currently constructing a 40’x 90’ cultural center.  This center…
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Wrangell BioBrick Energy Collaborative

Wrangell BioBrick Energy Collaborative

Community Watershed Stewardship
The Wrangell BioBrick Energy Collaborative is a partnership effort aimed at supporting the development of a local BioBrick manufacturing business in the community of Wrangell. [caption id="attachment_1019" align="aligncenter" width="534"] BioBricks[/caption] Concerns about the availability of sustainable and cost-effective energy sources in rural Southeast communities has prompted the formation of this Collaborative with partners including Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the Wrangell Cooperative Association, local residents and business owners, the City and Borough of Wrangell, the US Forest Service, Wrangell Resource Council, Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA), Alaska Energy Authority, and the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Tongass People and Place Program.   The Wrangell BioBrick Energy Collaborative is looking into the feasibility of developing a Wrangell-based biofuel manufacturing facility. Waste generated from the community in the form of…
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