Stewardship is the careful, responsible management and supervision of something entrusted to one’s care. Haa Shagoon, a Tlingit phrase, is the idea that we need to honor our past while preparing a better future for our children’s children. This means we must care for, manage and protect the land and natural resources all of us need today, while at the same time responsibly developing those resources for our great-grandchildren’s future.
This is why stewardship for the future means sustainable management today of land returned to Sealaska by ANCSA. Our land stewardship is guided by our Native values which require us to balance cultural, economic, environmental and social needs.
Stewardship for the future also means that because we need to protect and grow our forests now, and provide for generations to come, we practice the very latest and best silviculture practices. Our natural resources staff and consultants also draw upon the most recent research and studies for such decisions as clear cutting, stream protection, selective harvesting, habitat management, growing trees, soil protection, watershed protection, wildlife and other natural resources.