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Tl'átḵ | Earth Branch

Dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the natural world and traditional lands of the Shtax’héen Ḵwáan

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Meet the Team

By actively engaging in environmental management and protection, IGAP plays a critical role in preserving the cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and ecological integrity of Native American tribes. We contribute to the overall well-being of our tribal community by ensuring the sustainable utilization of natural resources and promoting a healthy and balanced environment for current and future generations.

What does Tl'átḵ | Earth Branch do?

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Aluminum Can Recycling

WCA Earth Branch has taken over the the aluminum can recycling program. IGAP staff organize the can crushing evens, shipping and outreach. Funds raised by the aluminum can recycling are used to support local youth programs.

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Free Disposal/Recycling guide

Every year Earth Branch staff contact local business and individuals to see if collect any materials for recycling and upcycling. Earth Branch staff then create list of free disposal and recycle options and publish the list in the local newspaper.

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Community Compost

In 2019 WCA Earth Branch took over management of the community compost and developed an outreach program to help educate the community about composting and how composting can help reduce the amount of solid waste that is shipped off island.

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Gillnet Recycling

Earth Branch has created a recycling program for old gillnets. Nets are dropped off by fishermen/women throughout the year. Earth Branch hires laborers yearly to clean and process the nets so they can be recycled. Net recycling matters because it helps prevent marine pollution, preserves marine life, and contributes to a more sustainable and cleaner ocean environment


10-Mile Pipe Water Test

WCA Earth Branch samples the 10 mile pipe for coliforms on a monthly basis. If coliforms are detected, weekly samples are collect and results reported until coliforms are not longer present. Many community members depend on these tests.

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Community Education & Outreach

Earth Branch continues to create and manage different events within the community of Wrangell to ensure knowledge is spread about a variety of topics including preservation, gardening, safety, subsistence, climate change adaptation, and more.

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Parks & Recreation x Earth Branch

Earth Branch participates in Little Explorers, a program through Parks & Recreation dedicated to educating youth in coastal and forest knowledge. It is at the core of WCA values to educate the youth on what is important to our community. 


Rural Alaska Students in One-Health Research

Earth Branch actively educates Rural Alaska Students in One-Health Research (RASOR) through dynamic workshops, lectures, and interactive field experiences. By offering insights into sustainable practices, wildlife conservation, health research, and community well-being, our organization empowers RASOR students to become informed advocates for environmental and public health issues.


USFS x Earth Branch

Earth Branch is proud to collaborate with the Tongass Forest Service in a concerted effort to restore streams and habitats within the Tongass National Forest. Through this partnership, our organizations pool resources, expertise, and manpower to implement sustainable restoration projects that focus on stream bank stabilization, habitat enhancement, and native vegetation rejuvenation. 

Whale Research

Sea Day

Earth Branch actively participates in the annual Sea Day, an event hosted by Evergreen Elementary School. Sea Day is an educational initiative where schools take students to the beach for a hands-on experience to learn about marine life, coastal ecosystems, and the importance of ocean conservation. It's a day dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and instilling a sense of responsibility towards the well-being of our oceans.

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1002 Zimovia Hwy Wrangell, AK 99929

PO Box 2021 Wrangell, AK 99929





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