Along Afognak Island's coast, there are 200-year-old trees, river otters, beavers, martens, and ermines, with sea lions and harbour seals diving in the coastal waters in search of humpback whales. The old-growth trees sequester millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, making this pristine ecosystem increasingly beneficial for the environment.
Over the last 30 years, Afognak Island has preserved large tracts of undisturbed native trees (180-250 years old) as well as regenerated tree growth. Afognak is also home to Alaska's largest elk population. The Afognak Forest Carbon Project is the result of more than a decade of dedicated efforts, in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the American Land Conservancy, to permanently preserve a truly special ecosystem.
This groundbreaking initiative resulted in a change from timber processing to environmental management across the five parcels that make up the Afognak Project.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 are only a handful of the endangered Alaskan animals that call Afognak home.
- Prevent land disruption from timber logging.
- Prevent GHG emissions from timber logging.
- Restore and protect habitat for native plant, mammal, bird and fish species.