Sealaska Studies

Sealaska’s commitment to lands includes finding new methods of protecting the delicate balance of cultural, economic, environmental needs.

Through grants, partnerships and our own hard work and investment, Sealaska strives to research every possible way to improve how we manage and care for the land.

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Studies
Sealaska is proud to have teamed with forest scientists from Oregon State University in 1999 to undertake an intensive 12-year study of the benefits of various thinning practices on local wildlife, especially deer.  

Another study, in cooperation with wildlife biologists from the University of Washington and the USDA Forest Sciences Laboratory, developed a new way to measure how many deer the forest can support, called Forage Resource Evaluation System for Habitat —Deer (FRESH—Deer).

Effectiveness Monitoring and Research
Sealaska initiated an ongoing forest and fish monitoring and research program in 1992 to examine our effectiveness in protecting fish habitat and water quality.

Funding comes primarily from Sealaska with contributions from the Alaska Forest Association and from State and Federal Agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Forest Service.  

Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies
Sealaska has undertaken comprehensive multi-year studies on ethanol, wind and hydroelectric energy made possible by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The McDowell Reports
Sealaska commissioned the McDowell Group to compare the employment impact of Sealaska timber harvests with Tongass timber harvests, and also to quantify and report its economic impact. Reports are available for 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009.