Ben Kirkpatrick

Ben moved to southeast Alaska in 1981 for the amazing skiing and paddling opportunities.  He started working for Alaska Department of Fish & Game in 1984 and spent over 10 years as the Habitat Biologist for northern southeast Alaska, including Haines, before retiring in 2008.  One of his last and favorite projects was helping to found watershed councils throughout southeast Alaska, including TWC.  This work reinforced his understanding about the connection between a healthy community and a healthy watershed. He believes community involvement and participation is critical to meeting these goals.  Ben is also on the Steering Committee of Rivers Without Borders, a transboundary conservation organization.


Deborah Vogt

Deborah came to Alaska in 1971 to go backpacking in the Brooks Range, fell flat out in love with it, and never left.  She guided hiking trips to the Brooks Range for twelve summers.  After law school in the late '70's (Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley) she served as an assistant attorney general for the state until retiring in 1999.  She mostly collected taxes from the oil industry.  She moved to Haines in 2001.

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Richard Chapell

Richard is a Fishery Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. He moved to Haines in 2003 with young family, and has stayed because Haines is a great place to raise kids.


Norman Hughes

Norman first visited the Chilkat Valley in 1982 to fish subsistence coho salmon.  He later moved to Haines in 1984 and took up commercial salmon gillnetting.  He has been the owner and operator of the F/V Chilkat since 1988.  He serves on several fishery-related community and non-profit boards including United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters Association, Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Lynn Canal Gillnetters Association and represents Douglas Island Pink and Chum in United Fishermen of Alaska.


Scott Ramsey

Scott has been working as a wilderness guide and environmental educator in Haines for over 20 years.  He lives off the grid with his wife and little girl and is currently working on finishing his dissertation in Sustainability Education.  As the director of the Alaska Outdoor Science School, he leads multi-day courses in environmental education and sustainability.  

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Takshanuk Watershed Council
HC 60 Box 2008
Haines, AK 99827
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Phone:  (907) 766-3542

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