Alaska had been a state for one year in 1960 when its department of fish and game conducted a wolf-planting experiment on Coronation Island in southeast Alaska. At the time, the remote 45-square-mile island exposed to the open Pacific had a high density of blacktailed deer and no wolves. Tha…

Davison is one of nine composers who traveled from all over the world and from around the country for the eighth year of Composing in the Wilderness. This is an annual program made possible through a collaboration between Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Denali National Park, Alaska Geographic and the U.S. Forest Service.

No event in Arctic history holds more allure than that of the Franklin Expedition. In 1845, two ships under the command of Sir John Franklin departed England to discover the Northwest Passage, a fabled route through the Arctic waters above Canada that would provide a shortcut to Asia. Equipp…

Alaska gardeners’ eyes light up when you talk about growing corn in a way you don’t see when you mention, say, kale, which is so much more reliable, nutritious and higher-yielding. Maybe part of the allure of growing corn is the challenge. Or maybe that it’s about 10 times sweeter than kale.

 

Plenty of new Alaska-themed children’s books are on the shelves, providing fun and educational summer reading fodder for the younger set. Beginning reading books are a great way to introduce children in Alaska and beyond to our state and its many cultures and wonders, and none of the followi…

As we gained the first ridgetop, we entered a dream landscape of flowing white. From a distance, it looked like blowing snow. Cottongrass is a lovely sedge of waving white seedballs, as soft as a puppy’s belly. It grows throughout the far north, in acidic bogs.

  

In the not-so-distant past, if you gardened, you also saved seeds. You don’t have to now, but you still might want to. Saving seeds is like the black belt for gardeners. If you want to take your garden and your gardening skills to the next level, then start saving seeds. Next, select seeds f…

Eleven decades ago there were still places on Earth unseen by human eyes. The previous centuries had brought Europeans to every habitable — and profitable — location on the globe. A few remote realms, however, remained unreached. For those seeking glory for themselves and their nations, the …