Afognak Island, AK: Improved Forest Management and Logged Forest to Protected Forest
Protecting Afognak’s History
Kodiak bears and Native peoples co-existed for centuries on the island before the towering Sitka spruce trees first took hold some 800 years ago. The first European laid eyes on Afognak Island in 1741 and Russian fur trappers soon followed. Beginning in the 19th century, Americans were increasingly concerned with the destruction of wildlife and saw value in conservation. Yosemite, Yellowstone and Afognak Island were seen as irreplaceable wilderness worth preserving.
Protecting Native Species
Afognak is home to many species endemic to Alaska: Roosevelt Elk, Pacific Salmon, Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, Kodiak Brown Bear, Bald Eagle, Marbled Murrelet, River Otter, Tundra Vole, Sitka-black Tailed Deer, Mountain Goat and Snowshoe Hare. The preservation of natural forest habitat is important for the continued survival of these species.
How You Can Participate
The activities associated with the conservation of this habitat are partially funded through the sales of carbon offsets, which are generated from the preservation of the Afognak Island forests in accordance with widely recognized and accepted methodologies. These offsets can be employed to counter the impact of your organization’s carbon footprint, all while ensuring that the conservation efforts of Afognak Island continue.