Friday, February 27, 2015

A Gift From the Great Land

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project is already building up steam, and it’s not even March! We’ve gathered together ten of Alaska’s best and brightest artists who have come up with ideas on how to illuminate this year’s U.S.Capitol Christmas Tree.

Each artist’s ornament is also a template, and youth around the state (maybe some of yours) will shortly be cranking out their own Chugach-influenced works of art, 1000’s of which will be hanging in our nation’s capitol by December. You will want to see them.

Come down to the CNF offices in the Historic Warehouse District on 1st ave, for the Chugach National Forest’s First Friday. There will be punch and cookies and conversation with artists… and project coordinators and engineers and maybe some people from Admin. You’ll even have a chance to make an ornament of your own.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Girl Scouts, Women in Science, and the Chugach Capitol Christmas Tree

Employees of the Chugach National Forest participated in the annual Women of Science event held at the University of Alaska, Anchorage by the Girl Scouts of Alaska on Saturday, February 7th. In keeping with our year-long Christmas Tree theme, the girls learned scientific techniques for determining the age of trees, as well as how to identify trees using their observation skills and a dichotomous key. They also learned that the Chugach National Forest will provide this year’s Capitol Christmas tree for the White House and were excited to hear that they can get involved in creating ornaments for the tree. Approximately 150 girls participated in activities led by women in scientific fields from across South-central Alaska.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Voices of Wilderness Traveling Art Exhibit comes to Anchorage - You should come to the reception November 21 @ 6:30

Come to the reception for the Voices of the Wilderness travelling art exhibit Friday, Nov. 21.
Free to the public, there will be apps and a cash bar.

Sponsored by a while bunch of Federal Agencies, it will be at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art starting more or less precisely at 6:30pm. You can also here the welcoming remarks at 6:45.

If you don't spend much time there, you'll probably take delight in finding out how great the museum is, and what a great showcase it makes for these wonderful and wilderness-inspired pieces. Nearly forty federally designated wilderness areas have influenced the artists and their works. South-central Alaska is represented by work inspired by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area located on the Chugach National Forest in western Prince William Sound.

A lot of the the work was created in-situ, or even plein air, appropriately enough. Picture the artist-in-residence stepping out of a cabin bounded by a stately and cracking glacier on one side and the boundless sea on the other. Not far from the truth.
The exhibit began a seven-city tour of Alaska in February, 2014, and will be at the Anchorage Museum from November 21 to February 8, 2015. The year-long tour is part of national celebrations by federal land agencies, conservation groups, and others commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act.

See the poster below and the show at the museum.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Alaskan Youth Leaders Travel to Albuquerque for National Wilderness Conference

Five Alaskan teens will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend the National Wilderness Conference from October 15 -19. The youth will share Alaskan perspectives on the meaning and future of Wilderness. The teens are active participants in the Chugach Children’s Forest, a partnership between the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic. Their participation at the conference is one of several ways the Chugach Children’s Forest and Alaskan youth have been involved this year in programs highlighting the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

The five teens, all high school students from the Anchorage School District, have been selected to represent Alaskan youth at the National Wilderness Conference. The Conference commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and will be attended by public land managers, outdoor-oriented businesses and nonprofits, and outdoor advocacy groups from across the country.

The conference is incorporating youth voices as a way to engage the next generation in conversations about the future of Wilderness. The Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic are proudly sponsoring the teens, who are some of the Chugach Children’s Forest most dynamic, engaged, and vocal youth leaders.  The teens will participate on three separate panels that will address issues such as dwindling youth engagement in the outdoors and how to maintain the relevancy of Wilderness to youth in an increasingly urbanizing, tech-oriented society.

Youth participation in the National Wilderness Conference was made possible by funding from the USDA Forest Service - Region 10, Alaska Geographic, and the Association of Partners for Public Lands.

Alaska Geographic is the congressionally-designated non-profit partner to Alaska’s parks, forests, and refuges with a mission to connect people to Alaska’s magnificent public lands. Alaska Geographic operates over 30 retail stores in visitor centers and other locations across the state; proceeds from sales support education and other programs on public lands. Please visit our website www.alaskageographic.org for more information. For more information about the Chugach Children’s Forest please visit: www.chugachchildrensforest.org.