In August 2009, six partners signed the Memorandum of Understanding that officially established the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (designated by MOU after name). Funding organizations are listed with a *.
- University of Alaska Southeast (MOU) *
- University of Alaska Fairbanks (MOU) *
- U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station (MOU) *
- U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Region (MOU) *
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region (MOU)
- City and Borough of Juneau (MOU)
- U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Area
- Central Council, Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
- University of Alaska Anchorage *
- The Nature Conservancy
- NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
- NOAA National Weather Service
- Juneau Economic Development Council
- British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations
- Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems, and Management
- Sitka Sound Science Center
- Prince William Sound Science Center
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is a regional education institute with the main campus located in Juneau and extended campuses in Sitka and Ketchikan. UAS currently has a strong faculty in marine biology, geography and environmental sciences that are involved with a diversity of ecological research. UAS has an interest in further developing its teaching, research, and service elements to better support education and research in temperate rainforests.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is the state’s research-intensive, Ph.D. granting, Land Grant institution with statewide educational responsibilities. UAF is home to several research institutes, programs, and public policy initiatives that will serve ACRC members: SNRAS’s Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station, the Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning (SNAP), and the Resilience and Adaptation Program. UAF faculty possess strong academic and research expertise in forestry, environmental studies, fisheries and ocean sciences, natural resource management, geography, wildlife and Arctic biology, climate change studies, geophysics, and hydrology.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW) is part of the research branch of the U.S. Forest Service. Within PNW, there are ten research locations in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, as well as the headquarters office in Portland, Oregon. The PNW Research Station is one of seven research stations in the United States. PNW scientists in Juneau, Sitka and elsewhere conduct research on ecological, economic, and social issues dealing with Alaska’s temperate rainforest and provide information that helps to maintain resilient communities.
The Alaska Region of the Forest Service, one of nine regions across the United States, contains the two largest national forests in the nation: the Chugach National Forest and the Tongass National Forest. As a part of the Tongass National Forest, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau serves 400,000 visitors annually by providing a range of interpretive services about glaciers and local ecosystems. The Tongass National Forest also provides rangers on cruise ships and the Alaska Marine Highway System to interpret landscapes and ecosystems for tourists. In addition, the conservation education programs associated with the Visitor Center serve hundreds of K-12 students both on-site and in the classroom.
The Alaska Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), one of nine regions across the United States, manages four field offices and sixteen national wildlife refuges, totaling more than 76 million acres of land. The Juneau and Anchorage Field Offices, Alaska Maritime NWR, Kodiak NWR, and Kenai NWR manage FWS services and lands within the coastal temperate rainforest. FWS priorities focus on six conservation priorities: 1) National Wildlife Refuge System management, 2) landscape conservation through cooperation with partners, 3) migratory bird conservation and management, 4) achieving recovery and preventing extinction of threatened and endangered species, 5) managing and protecting aquatic habitat and terrestrial and aquatic trust species, and 6) connecting people with nature.
The City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska (CBJ) is a home-rule municipality and exercises the powers granted to it by the Alaska Constitution and state law. Covering some 3,248 square miles, Juneau is twice the size of the state of Rhode Island. The state’s capital, Juneau is the largest community located in the state’s temperate coastal rainforest. The CBJ is a major landholder, the primary local land use regulator, and a leader among municipalities on climate change issues.
The U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Area (USGS), one of nine USGS Areas across the United States, manages the USGS Alaska Science Center and two field offices. It has executive oversight for all USGS Science Programs executed within the Alaska Area and coordinates significant additional research activities carried out by USGS researchers from national and regional science centers located outside of Alaska. USGS priorities focus on the goals and objectives defined for the six Mission Areas that now define USGS science structure at the national level: (1) Ecosystems; (2) Climate Change; (3) Energy, Minerals, and Environmental Health; (4) Natural Hazards, Risk and Resilience Assessments; (5) Water Resources; and (6) Informatics and Data integration. USGS conducts science inventory, monitoring, and research activities throughout Alaska and has a number of programs that focus on and contribute to the understanding of biological and physical components of the northern temperate rainforest ecosystems of Southeast Alaska.
The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska gained federal recognition as a tribe in 1935. We serve 21 communities that are spread over 43,000 square miles within the Alaska panhandle. The Tlingit and Haida citizenship is among the largest, most isolated, and most geographically dispersed Native or tribal populations nationwide. We are proud of our ability to incorporate professional administrative systems as we manage our resources and advocate the issues of our people. Our headquarters is in Juneau, Alaska, but our commitment to serving the Tlingit and Haida people extends throughout the United States.
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is key part of the diverse University of Alaska system with an enrollment of 20,000 students and five campuses throughout Southcentral Alaska including, Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai, Kodiak and Prince William Sound Community College. UAA offers occupational endorsement to Ph.D programs and an emphasis on research, including extensive research in northern environments. Centers housed at UAA include the Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI), Alaska Natural Heritage Program (ANHP), Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, and the Justice Center.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. To help implement this mission in the region, the Conservancy published "The Coastal Forests and Mountains Ecoregion of Southeastern Alaska and the Tongass National Forest: A Conservation Assessment and Resource Synthesis," which focuses on ecological values of the regions 22 biogeographic regions.
The Alaska Fisheries Science Center of the NOAA Fisheries Service (AFSC) is responsible for the development and implementation of NOAA’s scientific research on living marine resources in Alaskan waters. AFSC research addresses more than 250 fish and 41 marine mammal stocks distributed across 591,000 square miles of the U.S. continental shelf and adjacent pelagic waters. The work conducted by the AFSC supports fisheries and marine stewardship activities throughout the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Based in Seattle, Washington the AFSC has research facilities in Juneau, Kodiak, Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, St. Paul, St. George and Little Port Walter, Alaska; and Newport, Oregon.
NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national informational data base and infrastructure, which can be used by other government agencies, the private sector, the public and the global community. NWS decision support services strive to make information readily available and relevant to the needs of society.
The Juneau Economic Development Council fosters a healthy and sustainable economic climate in Juneau and throughout Southeast Alaska. In collaboration with other organizations, the council implements initiatives to maintain, expand, and create economic opportunities.
The Mission of the Coast Area Research Section, British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, is “to help provide innovative solutions to high priority forest management problems in coastal British Columbia, and to advance resource stewardship based on scientific principles." The Coast Area research team is a multi-disciplinary group of scientists engaged in applied research, training, and consultation in support of district and regional forest service operations. The group covers a wide range of disciplines including forest ecology, wildlife habitat ecology, hydrology, soil science, geomorphology, and silviculture systems.
The Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems, and Management is an innovative, interdisciplinary research team that conducts research, training, and education to support sustainability and conservation in Coastal British Columbia, Canada, with a focus on the Central Coast. The theme of the Hakai Network’s research is “Science in a Social Context”. We aim to conduct research that is transformative in its ability to make a difference in coastal British Columbia. We work collaboratively with First Nations and other partners and are committed to community-based research. The Hakai Network is based out of a collaboration between Simon Fraser University's Faculty of the Environment and the Tula Foundation. Our partnerships include coastal First Nations, researchers elsewhere at SFU and at other universities, in government agencies, and in NGOs.
The Sitka Sound Science Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is based in Sitka, Alaska – the only full-service community on the outer coast of Southeast Alaska. The SSSC is uniquely qualified to provide unparalleled access for research and education programs in the Gulf of Alaska, Eastern Pacific Ocean, and North American Coastal Temperate Rainforests. The SSSC builds upon Sitka’s legacy as a research and educational community. Sitka has a maritime tradition and commercial, charter, sport, and subsistence fishing all still play vital roles in the economy and culture of our community. Sitka also has ample opportunities for outreach and education. For example, in addition to local K-12 and university education, approximately 200,000 tourists visit Sitka every summer.
The Prince William Sound Science Center, contributes to the comprehensive description, sustained monitoring and ecological understanding of Prince William Sound, the Copper River, and Gulf of Alaska. Promote the goal of maintaining long-term, self-regulating biodiversity, productivity and sustainable use of renewable resources. Educate and inform the youth and the general public about the critical interdependence of the biology and regional economies of Alaska.