SourDough News Archive - 2015


SourDough News provides information and news on U.S. Forest Service activities and national forests in the Alaska Region.  In Alaska and the western Canadian territories during the Klondike Gold Rush, old miners, full of experiences and stories, came to be called “sourdoughs,” a term still applied today, and appropriately, is the name to share Forest Service stories




"A Gift from the Great Land"
"On November 20, 2015 Forest Supervisor, Terri Marceron of the Chugach National Forest, officially transfers the Capitol Christmas Tree to the Architect of the U.S. Capitol.

"Summer Internship Adventures at BBVC"
"My passion for biology, ecology, and environmental science has always been fueled by experiential learning.

"Faces of the Chugach"
"This year, the Chugach National Forest will be providing the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree which will stand tall on the west lawn of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

"Reflections of a Volunteer Information Assistant"
"I started volunteering when I was a young child collecting coins for UNICEF in San Francisco. As an adult I had a gratifying 40-year career in community and school health nursing, from which I retired 5 years ago.

"My Summer As An Intern at Begich, Boggs Visitor Center"
"On May 7th I was taking a biology final exam at Valparaiso University in Indiana, then two days later I was wandering around the Anchorage airport in Alaska searching for my internship supervisor Lezlie Murray.

"Sheila Spores Honored for Silviculture Work"
"Tongass National Forest Silviculturist Sheila Spores was awarded a prestigious national Silviculture Excellence Award for her outstanding performance and support of the Forest silviculture program.

"Adventures in Alaska as an Intern for the Chugach National Forest"
"As I flew farther away from Los Angeles and closer to the frigid north, I struggled to get my thoughts under control.

"Partners Make Peterson Lake Trail Renovations Possible"
"Cabin and trail maintenance can be costly and time consuming, especially in the challenging conditions of a coastal rainforest.

"BioBlitz: Connecting Communities with the Tongass National Forest"
"In Spring 2015, 100 fourth graders joined a brave team of volunteers on a quest to explore their backyard.

"2015 Family Fishing Day at Ibeck Creek in Cordova"
"As autumn arrives once again, the streams of Cordova begin to swell with anglers and Coho salmon.

"Climate Change Impacts on Traditional Tribal Lands - Working with Tribal Youth “To Plant Seeds for a Brighter Future
"Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian high school students attended a week of peer-to-peer training and education about the impacts of climate change on tribal communities.

"Red Knot Rendezvous"
“The number is 701. Number of birds we’ve seen today, you ask? No, but good guess.

"Wrangell Festivals Celebrate Wildlife While Tackling Serious Issues"
“Wrangell has some world-renowned resources in its backyard, and over the years, the community has created festivals to highlight and promote the wildlife that live in these amazing places.

"Kids’ Fishing Day on the Cordova Ranger District"
“More than 70 kids turned out for Cordova’s Kids’ Fishing Day held July 25 at Hartney Bay, just five miles outside of town.

"Coming soon to a small screen near you: sockeye salmon!"
“Once again, the annual migration of sockeye salmon to Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau, Alaska will be seen by thousands of viewers via live streaming video.

"Involving Youth in the Planning Process of the Tongass National Forest"
“Let’s call it the Y.A.C.,Youth Advisory Council,” I said to the group of students around me. Then I smiled—of course we would.

"Reducing the Threat of Elodea"
The genus Elodea includes five species of submerged aquatic plants found in freshwater lakes and slow moving water.

"Black Oystercatcher Monitoring in Prince William Sound"
A quest for broody birds! “Pwee-EE-EE-EE-EE-EE-EE-EE!” The alarm is sounded as our skiff rounds a ragged corner in Port Chalmers on Montague Island.

"Annual Alaska Region Silviculture Meetings"
Alaska Region silviculturists, silviculture technicians, research scientists, and other like-minded specialists met at the Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory April 27-30, 2015 to participate in the annual silviculture meeting.

"The Big Search for Tiny Ferns"
For many years, Forest Service botanists have been interested in finding an elusive plant called Wright’s filmy fern (Hymenophyllum wrightii) in the Alaska Region.

"2014 Regional Forester Awards"
Regional Forester Beth Pendleton and Deputy Regional Forester Becky Nourse recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Regional Forester Awards.

"Crooked Creek Information Site—A Tale of Two Sisters"
Two sisters win awards for separate interpretive and conservation education achievements in the same year.

"Tongass Recognizes Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education"
Three outstanding employees were recently acknowledged for their contributions in the field of interpretation and conservation education on the Tongass National Forest.