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



"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.