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Friday Photos: Happy Anniversary ANILCA

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Earlier this month, more than 100 million acres of public land in Alaska shared one common anniversary: On December 2, Lake Clark, Kenai Fjords, and other parks and preserves established through the Alaskan National Interest Land Conservation Act, or ANILCA, turned 32 years old. This federal legislation created ten different national parks and expanded three others in America’s largest, wildest state, including: Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve Bering Land Bridge [...]

Posted on: December 14 2012
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Alaska: Reflections from a Guest in the Wilderness

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By Linda Rancourt, Vice President, Communications You can read about it and dream about going, but nothing compares with actually seeing it in person. Alaska, our 49th state, is an extraordinary place. This 582,000-square-mile parcel of land is sometimes referred to as “Seward’s folly,” after Secretary of State William Seward, who orchestrated its purchase in 1867 despite ridicule from his [...]

Posted on: August 23 2012
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Getting Close to Katmai’s Bears in the Hopes of Protecting Them

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I recently captured the true essence of seeing brown bears up very close and personal in the wild with my camera at Katmai National Park and Preserve. Joined by three colleagues and our passionate guide and partner in bear conservation, Dave Bachrach from AK Adventures, we departed from the coastal town of Homer via float plane, soaring over volcanoes, massive [...]

Posted on: July 31 2012
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Friday Photo: A Cool Swim at Katmai

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It seems like a simple but special moment: a brown bear peeks his head from the deep blue ripples of Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve with his fur washed back, revealing a timeless, almost sorrowful expression. Lucky shot, you might think. But for freelance Alaskan photographer Patrick Endres, days of preparation may go into a single click [...]

Posted on: June 1 2012
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New NPS Video: Spend Three Minutes in the Wilderness

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world,” said Henry David Thoreau. Yet relatively little of the world is designated as wildness–at least here in the United States. Since the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, nearly 110 million acres of the United States have been designated as wilderness in 757 distinct tracts, from the six-acre Pelican Island Wilderness in Florida to the [...]

Posted on: April 11 2012
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