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 for more information. For more information about the Chugach Children’s Forest please visit:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mohatt-Khrushchev Mushroom meeting

What a mysterious title for this blog post. But it is all easily made clear. Our own Kate Mohatt picked fungi with the mushroom-loving Khrushchev family. Yes, Those Khrushchevs. Kate, Valentina and Sergei are the first three on the left side of the photo below.

Her story...

As described in the ADN article published last week (, Sergei was the keynote speaker for the Cold War Conference in Anchorage. This was his second visit to Alaska, and high on his to do list was to go mushroom hunting (scroll down to the end of the article, last sentence). A women in the Lieutenant Governor’s office called me a couple months ago to set this up, since she didn’t know anyone else who could take him on a mushroom hunt.

Monday, September 15, 2014

WIlderness 50 gets on the Radio.

The Chugach and Tongass National Forests collaborated with Alaska Geographic and the National Park Service to produce a radio series to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.