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Community-Based Watershed Management Forum brings Alaskans from far and wide

May 22, 2012




A three-year strategic partnership between the National Forest Foundation and the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition recently culminated in a statewide Community-Based Watershed Management Forum, held in Juneau, Alaska March 7-9th 2012.

Natural resource professionals and watershed practitioners came from around the state to present on the innovative projects, program, and management strategies they are carrying out in communities and villages throughout Southeast Alaska and the state. The goal of the forum was to build the capacity of Southeast Alaska’s tribes, municipalities, agencies, and organizations to carry out community-based watershed projects and management strategies

 A diverse group of over 70 participants attended the forum, including representatives from over 15 communities, tribes, municipalities, federal and state natural resource agency, Native Corporations, industry, the private sector, and representatives from the Alaska state legislature.

This forum was the first of its kind, focusing entirely on building the capacity of natural resource and community development professionals working in the State of Alaska to strengthen collaborative efforts on the ground in communities and villages. The forum was structured around the three primary objectives which included 1) providing a networking opportunity by connecting a diverse group of professionals and community members, 2) offering trainings and specific tools and resources necessary for community based watershed management and planning, and 3) identifying strategic partnership opportunities and ways to work collaboratively across Southeast Alaska.

 Operating in isolated, rural communities local leaders and natural resource practitioners often do not have access to resources and information needed to effectively steward their local watersheds. Furthermore, they very rarely have the opportunity to come together with other practitioners to discuss what is working and how we can work together for greater impact. Many of the common themes heard at the Community Based Watershed Management Forum stressed the importance of networking in order to share project ideas and lessons learned. This forum also provided the opportunity to further develop strategic partnerships for the benefit of Southeast Alaska watersheds and the communities that depend upon them.


From additional information on the Forum, as well as, access to the PowerPoint Presentations and Trainings please visit SAWC’s website: [Click here!]


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