Sealaska has an integrated approach to managing natural resources and creating economic value from our land asset. We apply strong science to our land stewardship, and long-term strategy to assure that the resources from Haa Aaní last for generations. Sealaska’s natural resources departments and subsidiaries work together to provide benefits for shareholders now and into the future. Below are updates on progress against our strategic plan and milestones in partnerships.
Sealaska Timber Corporation Leadership Change
The Sealaska board announced that Sealaska Timber Corporation (STC) President and CEO Wade Zammit has transitioned out from his position. Wade has been involved with the timber industry for nearly 30 years and had extensive experience in manufacturing, marketing and sales.
“We are very grateful for Wade’s years of service,” said Edward Thomas, chair of the STC board of directors. “Under his leadership STC has maintained profitability under challenging harvest conditions. STC has been reducing expenses for years in the face of delays in Sealaska’s land legislation, and this transition is a necessary step in managing costs. The length of time it takes for Congress to act has a direct impact on the timber infrastructure in Southeast Alaska.”
Sealaska has moved STC vice president Duane Woodruff (pictured above) into the role of STC Executive Vice President. “Duane has substantial experience in every aspect of the timber business and knows STC’s customer base and understands Sealaska core values,” said Sealaska chief operating officer Terry Downes. “He is qualified to lead STC through the toughest phase as Sealaska seeks to finalize legislation for its ANCSA lands. Woodruff’s work in the pre-legislative transition period will require STC to maintain relationships with customers during a critical time for Sealaska and the region.”
Collaboration and Growing Cedar with Oregon State University and USFS
Sealaska’s Natural Resources department is concluding another successful year of partnership with the US Forest Service (USFS) and Oregon State University on how to regrow red and yellow cedar in Southeast. Our cedar research is designed to teach us how to successfully plant more cedar in favorable habitats. Southeast Alaska land managers want to ensure that future generations of Alaskans enjoy the cultural and economic benefits of red and yellow cedar.
Oregon State's forestry program documents this collaboration and results of the study in its quarterly publication—Focus, the magazine of OSU College of Forestry (Spring 2014).
Hear Sealaska’s Corporate Forester and Natural Resources Manager Brian Kleinhenz discuss research collaboration with USFS on cedar.
Effectiveness Monitoring and Research
Dr. Douglas Martin reports out 20-year study on Haa Aaní, Our Land
Sealaska relies on science to evaluate the effectiveness of forest practice regulations for the protection of fish habitat and water quality on its lands. In response to the revised Alaska Forest Resources and Practices Act (amended 1990), Sealaska initiated a forest and fish monitoring and research program in 1992, which continues today. Research studies are facilitated by a team of contract scientists under the guidance of Dr. Douglas Martin.
To do this important work objectively and in an accredited scientific manner, Sealaska has teamed with the following state and federal agencies: Environmental Protection Agency, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, United States Forest Service, Alaska Forest Association and other Alaska Native Corporations. Agency and outside partners have provided valuable input to assure the best work possible has been done.
Dr. Doug Martin will present a 20-year study—Riparian Management Evaluation in Coastal Working Forests. This study represents one of the longest continuous studies of its kind in North America and will result in a capstone report this September.
About Dr. Doug Martin
Affiliate Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Science at University of Washington
College of the Environment
Owner at Martin Environmental