Courtesy of Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition.

A Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition crew poses next to their recently completed restoration project on Castor Creek, on Admiralty Island. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a new approach in Southeast Alaska: first listening to locals about what their community needs, then working to support those ideas. So when the department asked what investments the USDA should make as part of its sustainability strategy, announced in 2020, it heard lots.

From Kootznoowoo, the Native corporation of the village of Angoon, on Admiralty Island: the development of a new bear-viewing area nearer to Angoon, and additional opportunities for Angoon-led storytelling and economic development.

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