The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) is a relatively new institute housed at the University of Alaska Southeast, in Juneau. ACRC develops and delivers educational opportunities, conducts and facilitates collaborative research, and links community needs with research in the north Pacific coastal temperate rainforest. Our many partners include federal, state, non-profit, and tribal organizations throughout the Chugach, Tongass and Great Bear rainforests. We share common interests in ecosystem research, the effective application of this research to public policy, and outreach to the public.
ACRC began in 2009 as a collaborative effort to expand and enhance education and research opportunities among six cooperating partners: the University of Alaska Southeast, University of Alaska Fairbanks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, the U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region, and the City and Borough of Juneau. The Center's membership has expanded to 18 organizations, and includes NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA National Weather Service, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, University of Alaska Anchorage, Juneau Economic Development Council, and British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations, Geos Institute, Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems, and Management, Sitka Sound Science Center, and The Prince William Sound Science Center. Funding for ACRC comes from the three University of Alaska campuses, the US Forest Service, and government and private grants. Our office is in the U.S. Forest Service Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory, adjacent to the UAS campus.