Empowering Southeast Alaskan Communities to reach cultural, ecological and economic prosperity.
August 2017 
Welcome to The Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP) .  We are a diverse network of organizations and individuals working together to meet the challenge of sustainable community development in Southeast Alaska.

It is our collective mission to empower rural Alaskan communities to reach cultural, ecological and economic prosperity.

Happy Summer! Our smokehouses and freezers are filling up and our gardens are bursting with life. Field crews are hard at work mapping and monitoring salmon streams and forest health. Partners are working with young Alaskan leaders to build trails, restore streams and learn valuable skills in professions they care about. Entrepreneurs are testing their products and preparing for the Path to Prosperity boot camp and Culture Camps from Yakutat to Kake to Hydaburg are helping youth celebrate their roots. Check out some highlights from the Sustainable Southeast Partnership this season.
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This season, the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) is focused on technical skill building. The U.S. Forest Service partnered with Huna Totem Corporation to have the field crew work on salmon stream restoration on previously logged watersheds. The crew installed wood structures in the stream to restore function and create salmon habitat. Photo and Story by Ian Johnson

Join us in Yakutat: Annual Retreat Scheduled for October

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership will meet in our northernmost community from October 9th- 13th this autumn for our annual retreat. During these annual get-togethers, regional and community catalysts exchange resources, share insight, craft work plans and set priorities for the upcoming grant year.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Partnership and joining us in Yakutat please reach out to Alana Peterson [ alana@spruceroot.org ] as soon as possible .

Loretta Gregory Recognized for Her Dedication to Kake

Written by Alana Peterson
This quarter we would like to recognize the work of Loretta Gregory who has served as the Community Catalyst in Kake for the past year. Loretta is moving on from her position at the Organized Village of Kake, but this does not mean we stop working with her! One great aspect of SSP is that the strong relationships and bonds that we form through this collaborative network will withstand position changes and life events. We know that although Loretta will no longer be the Catalyst, she will continue to be a key community member and resource to all those who have worked with her.

Loretta was key in implementing the inaugural year of Moby the Mobile Greenhouse in Kake, she supported ongoing community strategic planning efforts and she was also integral in launching the Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students program this year. We look forward to visiting with Loretta the next time we are in Kake!

Southeast artist Michaela Goad e (who was the creative mastermind behind our logo design) rendered this beautiful image of what traditional potato harvesting on dugout canoes may have looked like. 
Eyes into a Unique History 

Written by Carrie Sykes & Bethany Goodrich 

This spring, communities across the region (including Sitka, Klawock and Kasaan) planted traditional Tlingit and Haida Potatoes. These potatoes are 'primitive cultivars' meaning they have not been selectively bred and genetically altered like most commercial varieties today. There are only four primitive potato varieties grown traditionally by Native North Americans. Half of those, the Maria's Tlingit and Julie's Kasaan (Haida) varieties, can be found in Southeast Alaska!

Since the story published, the Sitka and Kasaan gardens we followed are thriving. In Sitka, the Tlingit potato garden was planted in partnership between the US Forest Service, Sitka Tribe and Pacific High. In Kasaan, the community is focusing on growing their stock of Haida potato seeds. The Kasaan garden was planted by local students in partnership with the Organized Village of Kasaan, the Kasaan School District, the Alaska Native Fund and SEARHC. We are all looking forward to the autumn harvest.

Yakutat Tlingit Tribe hosted their annual Culture Camp this year and the event was a huge success! Each year, Culture Camp brings together young people with ancestral heritage to Yakutat (or who live in Yakutat) with cultural leaders to learn about subsistence, wellness, art and more. Ralph Wolfe (pictured here processing salmon for camp) is our Community Catalyst in Yakutat. Photos by Bethany Goodrich
TRAYLS Program Creates Job Experience for Rural Alaskan Youth
Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students

Written by Klawock Community Catalyst, Quinn Aboudara

The Training Rural Alaska Youth Leaders and Students (TRAYLS) program was launched  in June by the Organized Village of Kasaan, the Organized Village of Kake, Sealaska Corporation, the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, the Klawock Cooperative Association, the United States Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy. This pilot program was designed to train rural Alaskan youth and young adults in various forestry related skills and to inspire the next generation of local leaders for careers across the lands that they love.

Shawn from Kake tosses a rock while learning how to build culverts and construct trails with TRAYLS. Photo by Sienna Reid
The Beaver Sisters Kombucha Company grins while showing off their delicious Kombucha. They are one of twelve Southeast businesses who were selected as finalists in this year's Path to Prosperity business competition. Photo by Bethany Goodrich 
Spruce Root Supports Sustainable Businesses in the Southeast 
Path to Prosperity Finalists Announced and Entrepreneur Workshop Visits Kake 

Written by Regional Catalyst for Economic Development, Paul Hackenmueller

The 2017 Path to Prosperity (P2P) finalists have been announced!  P2P supports emerging triple bottom line small businesses in southeast Alaska. By providing training and technical resources to local entrepreneurs, competition sponsors Spruce Root, The Nature Conservancy, and Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition are helping build an ecosystem of sustainable business.

These finalists will participate in P2P's Boot Camp weekend in Juneau, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 where they'll receive intensive training and one-on-one consultation with business professionals.  Spruce Root is excited to work with these entrepreneurs this fall, and we are looking forward to watching their businesses flourish! The finalists are:

1. Beaver Sisters Kombucha Company,  Craig,  Bettina Brentano
2. Perma Food Scaping,  Haines,  Andrew Cardella
3. Sarah J's Espresso Shoppe,  Haines,  Sarah Jaymot
4. Game Creek Family Orchards,  Hoonah,  Robert Bishop
5. Happy Camper,  Juneau,  Amanda Kraft
6. Panhandle Produce,  Juneau,  Eli Wray
7. H2O Grow,  Ketchikan,  Kenneth White
8. Klawock Cooperative Assoc. Aquaponics,  Klawock,  Quinn Aboudara
9. Wildfish Cannery,  Klawock,  Mathew Scaletta
10. Sitka Food Co-Op,  Sitka,  Keith Nyitray
11. The Local Isle,  Wrangell,  Holly Padilla
12. Mighty Bear Roots,  Wrangell,  Dixie Booker

In June, Spruce Root and Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Business and Economic Development Department traveled to the community of Kake for a two-day entrepreneurship workshop. This introductory "Business 101" training provided participants a chance to ask questions about basic business concepts like marketing, accounting, financing, and business planning. Attendees had the opportunity to work through business and financial modeling tools and talk with mentors about their business concepts. Watch for more workshops like this in southeast over the coming year!

At Spruce Root, we are excited to continue supporting entrepreneurs. Are you interested in accessing the many resources Spruce Root has to offer?  Check out our website www.spruceroot.org or contact us at grow@spruceroot.org.

Mathew Scaletta of WIldfish Cannery in Klawock proudly displays some of his products. Wildfish Cannery, which has been in operation for over thirty years, is one of this year's P2P finalists. Photo by Bethany Goodrich 
Barnacle, a Juneau based business, was a 2016-2017 Path to Prosperity finalist. This unique business' mission is to add value to Alaskan edible resources - starting with kelp! They harvest kelp to make salsa, pickles, and dried seasonings. Read about their process and plans in Alaska Dispatch News and on KTVA's program "Harvesting Alaska."  Photo by Bethany Goodrich
Zach LaPerriere runs his business turning bowls from dead trees that he salvages from the Tongass National Forest. "It's a way for me to show people their public lands. That wood came from their forest and that's amazing. Even if they never come to Alaska, they are going to have a little piece of a tree on the Tongass that that customer and more than 300 million other Americans share," says LaPerriere. Learn more about Zach's business here and check out this article to learn more about creating a business using resources from the Tongass
Untapped Opportunity on the Tongass National Forest
Building Small Businesses on Public Lands

Written by Bethany Goodrich for Capital City Weekly

Public lands surround Southeast Alaskans. The 17 million acre Tongass National Forest is where residents go to hike, camp, fish, and gather food to nourish their families and wood to warm their homes. It's where kids hunt their first buck and where friends gossip while munching on succulent salmon berries.

There are other integral values that Southeast Alaskans derive from public lands too: economic values. Tourists flock to soak in vast untrammeled Alaskan views and the majority of salmon begin their lives in streams among the trees. There is untapped economic opportunity as well and in Sitka, the United States Forest Service (USFS) and local entrepreneurs are exploring options for cultivating small businesses using resources on public lands.

Southeast's Shellfish Safety Squad Conquers Climate Change
The Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research Partnership

By Bethany Goodrich for Capital City Weekly

The Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research partnership (SEATOR)  was formed by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska in 2013 as a network of tribal governments, universities, and nonprofits to monitor harmful algae blooms in the state. This year, the SEATOR team, which includes the SSP communities of Sitka, Yakutat, Hoonah, Klawock, Kasaan and Hydaburg, added ocean acidification monitoring to their toolkit!

Alaska is warming faster than any other state. "Ocean acidification, global warming's under-recognized twin, is also affecting Alaskan waters faster than any other state," says Esther Kennedy who is the Environmental Specialist for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska's Resource Protection Department. "We depend on the sea for everything in Southeast Alaska. It's hard to imagine that we will be unaffected by ocean acidification."
Each year, the Alaskan Haida community of Hydaburg hosts a week-long culture camp with the support of Hydaburg Cooperative Association and a long list of partners and volunteers. Participants learn about art, wellness, history and the depth of their Native Alaskan roots. This year, the community celebrated by raising the first wall on their future longhouse. Photos by Bethany Goodrich.
Who is the Sustainable Southeast Partnership?

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership is a diverse network of organizations and individuals working together to reach cultural, ecological and economic prosperity for our communities and region. 

The Sustainable Southeast Partnership includes the rural Alaskan communities of  KakeKasaan Hydaburg   Hoonah   Sitka, Klawock  and  Yakutat   .
If you or your community has announcements or media posts please consider sharing them in our quarterly newsletter! Reach out to us at info@sustainablesoutheast.net .