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The forum will bring together people interested in learning how to engage in the process of becoming effective stewards of local watershed resources.

NFF to co-host watershed forum in Alaska

Save the date to learn about stewarding local watershed resources

The NFF is working closely with the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition to help build the capacity of municipalities, tribes, and community-based organizations to effectively steward, local watershed resources. As part of this effort the NFF is co-hosting a community-based watershed management forum at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, Alaska on March 7-9. The forum will bring together a diverse group of natural resource and community development professionals, agency staffers, tribes, municipalities, regional organizations and other user groups who are working on watershed and land management issues in Southeast Alaska and throughout the State.

The training sessions will provide participants with specific tools and resources necessary to carry out projects and management strategies that promote the local watershed resources, economy and health. At the forum, participants will have the opportunity to identify strategic partnership opportunities and ways to work collaboratively across the region that will continue to support and enhance informed community-based watershed projects and management strategies.

On the second day of the forum a  poster session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn from their peers and explore what they are doing to promote watershed resiliency and sustainable communities. All poster abstracts are due by February 13 and will be entered in a drawing to win a travel scholarship to the forum. For the full agenda, click here.

Registration for the event is now open online as well as the agenda.

Speakers include: Pam Randles, Education Director, Takshanuk Watershed Council; Mike Gracz, Ecologist and PhD Candidate, Kenai Watershed Forum; A.J. Conley, Executive Director, Taiya Inlet Watershed Council; Jon Waterhouse, Executive Director, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council; Matt Lacroix, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10; Frankie Barker, Environmental Planner, Mat-Su Borough; Teri Camery, Senior Planner and Nicole Jones, Planner City and Borough of Juneau; Beverly Schoonover, Technical Advisor, Juneau Watershed Partnership; Barbara Wyckoff, Dynamic Consulting; Neil Stichert, Restoration Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; John Hudson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Scott Harris, Restoration Coordinator, Sitka Conservation Society; Sheila Jacobsen, U.S. Forest Service, Tongass National Forest; Bill Lucey, Planner and Biologist, Yakutat City and Borough; Jessica Kayser, Director, Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition; Brad Ryan, Executive Director Takshanuk Watershed Council; and Sue Mauger, Cook Inlet Keeper.

Southeast Alaska encompasses an area more than 50,000 square miles and stretches more than 500 miles from the Bering Glacier in the north to the Prince of Wales Island in the south. Watersheds within the region support not only the diverse ecosystems in the region they supply the natural resources upon which local communities rely on. Each community has its own identity but all share a focus and dependence on the resources these watersheds. The goal of the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition is for Southeast Alaska to be a place where a network of community-based watershed efforts is achieving informed management of these resources.

NFF Specialists

Mary Mitsos

Vice President, Conservation Programs 
NFF conservation programs, community-based conservation
406-830-3351 
mmitsos@nationalforests.org

Greg Peters

Director of Communications
NFF conservation programs and events, community-based conservation
406-830-3361 
gpeters@nationalforests.org

Wes Swaffar

Ecosystem Services Program Manager
Tree-planting & Carbon Capital Fund programs 
406-830-3356 
wswaffar@nationalforests.org

Vance Russell

Director, California Program 
NFF programs in CA 
530-758-2609 
vrussell@nationalforests.org

Adam Liljeblad

Director of Conservation Awards
Grants and grant programs
406-830-3357
aliljeblad@nationalforests.org