Ecological Context of the Sitka Center

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology lies within the coastal temperate rain forest bioregion––a region characterized by coastal mountains, fertile and productive forests, estuaries, wetlands, and coastal headlands. The Pacific Ocean is the most dominant moderating influence in this bioregion, insuring the moderate temperatures and abundant rainfall that characterize the climate of this area. At Sitka, one has the opportunity to experience all parts of the coastal temperate rainforest bioregion within a relatively small area: coastal mountains and Sitka spruce-western hemlock forests within the Cascade Head Experimental Forest, the Salmon River estuary, the Nature Conservancy and Westwind headlands, and the Pacific Ocean at its confluence with the Salmon River.