Concerns for land run so much deeper than road

Lately I’ve been thinking too much about caribou. It’s hard not to, with our pasts so tied to that animal, and with how unpredictable the weather and the herds have become. This fall caribou were scarce again, and local people were in a frenzy to find them, boating up and down the Kobuk and Noatak rivers, in too many new …

An Ambler Road would slice caribou habitat

Hunters and other lovers of caribou — Native and non-Native — have begun asking how many strips of gravel we can scrawl across the broad face of northern Alaska before the great herds will lose their way. “We’ve got to be very careful how we protect our caribou,” said Charles Saccheus, who represents the communities of Elim, Golovin and White …

Mining and Outside hunting raises concerns for Arctic caribou

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CN) – The potential development of a road and the issuing of hunting permits in western Alaskan caribou country sparked heated discussion at the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group annual meeting held Wednesday and Thursday in Anchorage. Full article by Julie St. Louis here

The Refuge – a movie about the Gwich'in people and the caribou they rely on

A beautifully crafted short film about the Gwich’in people, the caribou, and the threat that oil extraction would have on their home and traditional culture. “For hundreds of generations, the Gwich’in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the caribou that migrate through the Arctic Refuge. With their traditional culture now threatened by oil extraction and climate change, …

Central Arctic Caribou Herd Population Crashes

Fish and Game is warning hunters to expect a shorter season and lower bag limits next year, as the Central Arctic Caribou Herd population plummeted. “Since it peaked in 2010 at 70,000 animals, the size of the Central Arctic herd has fallen 69 percent — to 50,000 in 2013 and 22,000 this year. The herd often calves in and around …

Tracks Across the Tundra – a multimedia event

Friday, November 11 from 7-9 PM Join us for a multimedia evening of travel, endurance and exploration as two Alaskan explorers, Luc Mehl and Kristin Gates, tell individual stories of packrafting, through-hiking and skiing across the Brooks Range. There will be a Q&A session after both presentations. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for students and military. The Palace …

Free Moose Chili and Salmon Chowder Oct. 22nd in Fairbanks!

Saturday, October 22nd 11:00 am – 2 pm Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks It’s AFN in Fairbanks and we want to make sure people are getting together and eating real food! We will have moose chili and salmon chowder until it runs out. There will be a fire and hot drinks too. Come enjoy!

My eyes smile again: A caribou hunt up the Kobuk River

Caribou hunting on the Kobuk River, a life of gratitude and love. “NALUQ — There’s something about being out in the country 10 miles up the Kobuk from Kiana. In the open air. Having the freedom of a river. Feeling the grounding of black spruce trees. Hearing the lightness in heart from friends’ laughter. And eating a breakfast prepared on …