Alaska is a land of many diverse geographic regions and could easily be divided into a number of equally distinct states. Trying to identify to seemingly endless varieties of wild mushrooms found in Alaska, the Yukon and northern British Columbia generates the for several field guides on the subject. One handy reference that might be of interest to neophyte field mycologists is Harriette Parker’s Alaska’s Mushrooms – A Practical Guide. This is a small format guide containing numerous color photographs that could be easily slipped into the pocket or a day pack.
Harriette Parker is an Alaskan naturalist and authority on wild mushrooms of the north. Parker’s guidebook opens with tips on how to use her book, tools and supplies needed for hunting mushrooms in the wild, making sporeprints, useful advice on mushroom collecting safety, and protecting wild mushrooms as a natural resource. Read More
King Salmon Alaska is located at the east side of Bristol Bay on the north bank of the Naknek River on the Alaska Peninsula. In Alaskan jargon, King Salmon is a hub community, providing a transshipping point for the smaller neighboring villages. The town is home to a formerly active Air Force Base that provides excellent aviation infrastructure for the region.
King Salmon is part of the Bristol Bay Borough, the first Borough government incorporated in the State of Alaska. Other communities in the Borough include Naknek and South Naknek located 15 miles to the west. The area surrounding the community is known for its spectacular national parks and wildlife refuges, commercial fishing, and pacific salmon. Read More
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Remote rental cabins on the Tongass National Forest are a great way to explore the region and enjoy its outdoor activities. Access is by boat or plane making the cabins an easy way to visit the wilderness.
The Tongass National Forest encompasses all of Southeast Alaska. At nearly 17 million acres, the Tongass is the largest unit found within the national forest system. Known for its remarkable recreational opportunities, visiting remote cabins maintained by the Tongass is one of our favorite activities in Southeast Alaska. These cabins are only accessible by boat or floatplane. Read More
Identifying Alaska commercial fishing boats is a great pastime. Fishing vessels evolve to meet unique regional demands and fisheries. Commercial fishing is vital to the foundation of Alaska’s economy and industry history is closely tied to the state. Fishing boats must not only be safe and economical, but need to be designed to work the gear required of a fishery.
Types of Alaska Commercial Fishing Boats
A fishery is best described as the effort directed at harvesting a selected species of fish or seafood. Methods used to catch salmon aren’t the same as those for crab or halibut. Many times a fishing vessel can be identified first by the kind of fishing gear it carries. Read More
An inability to comprehend the great distances found in Alaska is a realization newcomers often encounter in the Great Land. Alaska defies their attempts to compare it with past experiences. Terrain varies immensely and distances between regions are vast. A useful way to understand Alaska is consider it as six states within a much greater one. Read More
Anan Creek is internationally known as one of the most productive Pink salmon streams in North America, making it by default a unmatched location for viewing both Black and Brown bears. Anan Creek is located on the north shore of the Cleveland Peninsula, just south of Wrangell Island and north of Ketchikan. Wrangell resident Bonnie Demerjian has authored Anan: Stream of Living Water, an exhaustive chronicle of the stream and its denizens. The account displays Bonnie’s depth of local knowledge and understanding of the complex relationships that exist between human visitors, feeding bears and spawning salmon meeting together at the creek.
ANAN – Stream of Living Water
Demerjian paints a descriptive view of the region’s natural history and geology. Using photographs taken by Ivan Simonek, she describes the plant and animal species found in the Anan watershed. There is extensive discussion of the Pink salmon life cycle and development of commercial fishing in the area. Explorer George Vancouver noted Anan Bay in 1793, and there has been aboriginal use of the Creek’s natural plenty since the beginning of human occupation in Southeast Alaska some 10,000 years ago. A great sidebar and continued discussion in the text relates to the Tlingit Cycle of Food and the methods used to capture the salmon. Later industrial fishing endangered the resident Pink salmon population and would prove a driving issue in establishing Alaska Statehood. Read More