[MPWG] ARTICLE: NRCS Fridays on the Farm: Maintaining Healthy Streams and Forests in Alaska

Park, Margaret E margaret_park at fws.gov
Mon May 10 20:11:39 CDT 2021

Samia Savell and Tracy Robillard, NRCS, Alaska, April 30, 2021

This Friday visit the remote village of Hoonah, located near the capital of Juneau in Southeast Alaska. Generations of Alaska Native people have thrived upon the land and all that it supports. In the village, the Huna Tlingit people and local residents have cultural roots that are deeply entwined in the land and waters surrounding their community.

**Hoonah Native Forest Partnership **
The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership was formed in 2015 to help protect, conserve, and maintain the stream and forest habitats that are integral to the Hoonah way of life.
The partnership is an alliance of landowners, organizations and stakeholders advocating for the Hoonah area. It works to assess resource conditions and identify projects intended to improve fish and wildlife habitat, ensure long-term timber production, and support sustainable watershed management.
"One of Huna Totem’s guiding principles is to maintain our land in perpetuity,” said Amber Henderson, Director of Project Administration, Huna Totem Corporation. “As such, we put a high priority on the management of its lands and resources, which includes ensuring the sustainability of subsistence resources such as fish, game, edible products such as berries, as well as potential future timber crops."

**Regional Conservation Partnership Program​​**
The initial source of startup funds for the HNFP came from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The program relies heavily on partner organizations to spearhead projects and provide matching contributions.

Link to Full Story: https://www.farmers.gov/connect/blog/conservation/fridays-farm-maintaining-healthy-streams-and-forests-alaska?utm_campaign=fotf&utm_content=streamsinalaska&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Link to USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Fridays on the Farm: https://www.farmers.gov/connect/blog/tag/fridaysonthefarm
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