Coastal Subsistence Research

Alaska Skaflestad and Randy Roberts interview community elder Raino Hill about coastal subsistence and environmental change in Hoonah, Alaska.

Alaska Skaflestad and Randy Roberts interview community elder Raino Hill about coastal subsistence and environmental change in Hoonah, Alaska (Bethany Goodrich photo).

In 2015, the Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) partnered with the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station and others on a research study at the intersection of climate change, glacial isostatic rebound, and community subsistence resources. As part of this study, Principal Investigators Linda Kruger and Di Johnson, along with SCS have recruited students in southeast Alaskan communities to interview their elders on subsistence resources and anticipated future changes in their access to those resources.

In 2016, the researchers hope to extend this work to additional communities in southeast Alaska, and to communities in Prince William Sound and the Chugach National Forest.

Stories of this project can be found at the following links:

Oct 14, 2015, Capital City Weekly story

Nov 4, 2015 Capital City Weekly story