Welcome to Sitka District, comprised of the Alexander Archipelago and its many mountainous glacier carved islands with fjords, sounds and straits. Since before the arrival of Russian Fur Traders in the 1700’s this area is home to the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Today approximately 21 percent of the 33,000 people who live in Sitka District are Alaska Native/American Indian. Major cities in the District listed by population include Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Craig, Klawock, Thorne Bay, Kake and other smaller communities. The UAF Marine Advisory Program has offices in Ketchikan and Petersburg and works with Sitka District in meeting residents’ needs.

The primary responsibility of the Sitka District are Extension outreach regarding natural resources, community development, mining, natural resource development impacts on rural communities, horticulture, and pest management.

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Burning Wood for Heat, Electricity and Biochar

This is a free class on Sunday, September 24 from noon-2:30 p.m. at the Harrigan Centennial Hall.

For more information, contact: Art Nash at 907-474-6366 or alnashjr@alaska.edu.

Topics include:
• Residential wood boilers
• Choosing a wood stove
• Pellets vs. chips vs. logs
• Emissions and particulates
• Greenhouse heat
• Biochar
• Wood care

Hours and Location

You can find us at 1332 Seward Avenue, Sitka, AK 99835

Phone: 907-747-9440, FAX 907-747-7790

The Sitka District office is located in University of Alaska Southeast Sitka campus. Next to the front desk in room 107 . We work in a wonderfully modernized and very large WWII PBY aircraft hangar.

Downtown Sitka is a walkable, bike friendly, welcoming community. Sitka is home to USCG Air Station Sitka, the USCG cutter Maple, SEARHC/ Mt Edgecumbe Hospital, Mt Edgecumbe High School (State of Alaska’s premier boarding high school), Sitka National Historic Park, Sitka District of Tongass National Forest, the Sitka School District, Allen Marine and numerous businesses.

Commercial fishing, tourism, education and service industry employ many people in the District. The timber industry based in the Tongass National Forest is a remnant of what it was prior to 1993. Southeast Alaska’s economy has struggled since the demise of industrial logging.

Travel within the District is mostly restricted to airplanes and boats. Sitka District works on the CES strategic themes of food security, renewable energy, climate change, community development. We look forward to hearing from residents of Sitka District, Alaska’s southern most Extension District.

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