Protect Izembek

As Bjorn Dihle wrote in “A Tale of Two Roads” [May 2018], the proposed road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge would, indeed, threaten migratory bird populations and set a dangerous precedent for wilderness areas across the nation. That’s too high a price for a project that is really...

Spruce, Not Cedar

[In the Prince of Wales article, May 2018], the 5,000-6,000-year-old basket referred to as cedar is actually spruce root. Dave Putnam discovered the Thorne River Basket while working for the Forest Service in the summer of 1994. He and I led the recovery effort and had the basket transported to the...

Acknowledging Knowledge

I live about two pick axe handles from the post office. When I walk it, it seems like two miles. But whether I drive or walk (my George Attla hand-made sled hangs upside-down on my back porch), I never leave the post office until I have thumbed through my Alaska magazine and found “On the...

Denali Details

I enjoyed reading about my late neighbors Ginny Wood and Celia Hunter in the March [2018] edition. However, you did get one thing wrong. Woody did not summit Denali in 1947. My father, Gordon Herreid, was the leader of that expedition and they had to turn back at around 17,000 feet, as Woody was...

Alaska Style

Clothing to get down and get it done. [by Bjorn Dihle] Despite popular belief, Alaska has a sense of fashion as cutting edge as SoHo in New York City. The difference is we go for practical rather than pretty. Sure, men and women alike wear sexy knee-high boots, but they’re made of rubber and...

Land of Wolves and Bears

The hunt for the perfect photo. [by Nick Jans] IT’S 1981, a mid-August evening on the spine of the Kobuk-Noatak divide, 70 miles above the Arctic Circle. It’s hard, wind-scraped country: tundra valleys webbed with caribou trails, rolling away beneath a wide sky.

Preserving the Pack

Wolves of the Alexander Archipelago [by Emily Mount] CRUNCH, CRUNCH, SPLASH, CRUNCH!” I hear them before I see them as I paddle my kayak around a rocky point in Glacier Bay National Park: 12 wolves feasting on a bed of mussels at low tide. They smack their lips, tearing bivalves from the rocks,...