Fisheries & Ecological Services
Alaska Region   


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With an estimated 47,000 miles of tidal shoreline, Alaska has incredibly diverse coastal habitats including rocky fjords, mudflats, coastal tundra, eelgrass lagoons, and sprawling river valleys. Much of Alaska’s human population resides along the coast and coastally-connected river systems; globally-significant populations of fish, migratory birds, and mammals depend on intact coastal habitats for food, migration corridors, reproduction, rearing of young, and overwintering. Intact coastal habitats and the fish and wildlife they support contribute hundreds of millions of dollars annually to Alaska’s economic engine, enable Alaskan residents to retain a subsistence way of life, and draw visitors from around the world.

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Our Coastal Program provides direct conservation assistance: we invest funding, staff time, technical expertise, and other resources into coastal conservation efforts throughout Southcentral Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula, the Alaska Gulf Coast, and Southeast Alaska. We work with partners to restore or permanently protect important coastal habitats, control invasive species, and implement watershed-scale assessments.

By supporting proactive community-supported projects, the Alaska Coastal Program is working to safeguard important coastal habitat for the benefit of the public, native fish and wildlife, and their habitats.  Our staff’s expertise leading small groups toward consensus while providing organizational and technical support also helps build local capacity, leverage non-Service funding, and bring a strategic focus to project selection and implementation.

Who Can Apply:  

Private landowners, including Alaska native organizations, local and state governments, and non-profit organizations.


Regional goal of 50% cash and/or in-kind is desired and can include other federal funds.

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Kenai River salmon migrating upstream. Photo credit: Kentaro Yasui
Kenai River salmon migrating upstream. Photo credit: Kentaro Yasui

Mountains to Sea – a landscape-scale conservation plan for Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula

Addressing the impacts of a warming climate, habitat loss and fragmentation on the 6 million acre Kenai Peninsula in Alaska requires collaboration and a willingness to implement conservation at a landscape scale. This is just what the budding Mountains to Sea partnership is doing. The Partnership, comprised of the Alaska Coastal Program, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and other non-federal entities, envisions a landscape of connected private and public lands to sustain priority fish and wildlife populations and the local natural resource-based economies reliant on these species and their habitats. MORE

Small coastal rivers and streams in Southeast Alaska.  Photo Credit:  USFWS

Haines Borough Fish Passage Inventory

Coastal rivers and streams in Southeast Alaska provide significant habitat for anadromous fish. Where they intersect roads, they are channeled through culverts. The Southeast Alaska Coastal Program helped the Takshanuk Watershed Council inventory and assess fish passage and habitat quality at 37 road-stream crossings in the Haines Borough. Over half were fish passage barriers.  This project helps prioritize habitat restoration efforts. This map shows the culverts located on Sawmill Creek and their ability to pass fish (green=good passage, red=poor passage).

Photo credit: Todd Radenbaugh/2011 USFWS Alaska Fish Photo Contest.
Photo credit: Todd Radenbaugh/2011 USFWS Alaska Fish Photo Contest.

Land Conservation Benefits Fish, Wildlife, People

Bristol Bay’s Agulowak River provides spawning habitat for 200,000 sockeye salmon and a corridor to spawning grounds higher in the drainage for an additional 1.2 million. This drainage supports local subsistence and one of the most productive coldwater sport fisheries in the region. The Southcentral Alaska Coastal Program, in partnership with the Conservation Fund, Nushagak-Mulchatna/Wood-Tikchik Land Trust, State of Alaska, Aleknagik Natives Limited, and others secured a conservation easement on Native lands to protect roughly 21,000 acres (including both banks of the Agulowak and approximately 42 miles of shoreline along Lakes Aleknagik and Nerka) from development, while still allowing access for traditional and recreational uses.

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Alaska Coastal Program factsheet
Alaska Coastal Program 2012-2016 Strategic Plan
A field guide to Alaska grasses

Southeast Alaska GIS library
Juneau Watershed Resource Library
Chilkoot Watershed Assessment
Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition

A prioritization of Land Parcels for Conservation in the Mat-Su Borough
Assessing Coastal Habitat Vulnerability (Cook Inlet SLAMM Model)
Anchorage Wetland Parcel Prioritization Project

Beyond Alaska: visit the Service’s national Coastal Program webpage

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Contact Neil Stichert at or (907) 780-1180 for general questions about the Alaska Coastal Program.



Last updated: October 2016