For 40 years LCC has been committed to fostering responsible stewardship of the Chilkat Valley watersheds as well as the coastal areas of the upper Lynn Canal. We monitor proposed projects that could have an impact on the integrity of local ecosystems. We work to mitigate potential environmental impacts, to build coalitions with other concerned groups, and to increase community awareness of such impacts.
who we serve
LCC works on conservation issues that impact public lands and waters in northern Southeast Alaska. This includes the highly productive Chilkat and Chilkoot watersheds, Tongass National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands, and the state managed Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and Haines State Forest.
These lands and waters are spectacularly scenic and provide outstanding habitat for all five species of wild Pacific salmon, black and brown bear, moose, lynx, mountain goat, wolves, wolverine, coyotes, fox, martin, mink, river otter, trumpeter swans, sea lions, whales, porpoise, seals, bald eagles, and numerous species of forest and shore birds and waterfowl.
What We've Achieved
- Spearheaded the effort to create the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, the fall and winter feeding grounds for the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles.
- Helped establish the Tatshensheni Alsek World Heritage Park, saving the area from an ill-conceived strip mine.
- Successfully worked with the community to expose the true costs of a garbage incinerator, including the human and environmental health hazards of incineration.
- Collaborated with diverse interests to initiate the Chilkoot River Corridor Planning Project to protect the area’s irreplaceable environmental and cultural resources.
- Nurtured the birth and growth of Haines Friends ofRecycling.
- Successfully advocated that no pesticides be used in the Haines State Forest.
- Helped slow down the state's proposed road north from Juneau through 50 miles of wild lands.
- Successfully opposed the dumping of toxic wastes in Lynn Canal by cruise ships.