SourDough News


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



Meet Hillary – Celebra Las Aves Intern on the Chugach National Forest
“Hillary Chavez is a Celebra Las Aves (Celebrate Birds) intern from Environment for the Americas (EFTA) working on the Chugach National Forest at the Ranger District in Cordova, Alaska.​


International Cooperation Award for Shared Stewardship of Hummingbirds
“Receiving the WATA International Cooperation Award for contributions to the Western Hummingbird Partnership is a reflection of an almost ten year commitment to shared stewardship across international boundaries for the conservation of hummingbirds and their habitats.


A Nature Walk with Everyday Explorers
“On a chilly winter day, twelve young adventurers embarked on a nature scavenger hunt down McKinley Lake Trail on the Cordova Ranger District in the Chugach National Forest.




Eyak Lake Clean-Up Day 2017
“On June 24, 2017, USDA Forest Service fisheries staff partnered with the Copper River Watershed Project for the third annual Eyak Lake Clean-Up Day.

From Alaska to Puerto Rico
“A Wilderness Trail in Puerto Rico Imports Expertise from the Tongass National Forest.​

Partnership on the Tongass National Forest
“An improved Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) crossing at the Old Situk River is the latest accomplishment of a partnership between the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe (YTT) and the Yakutat Ranger District on the Tongass National Forest.​

First Aid Training Put to Use
“It's springtime here in Alaska and the time of year when temporary and seasonal crews arrive to work the busy summer season.

A Forest Fairytale
“In the deepest part of the forest, a wood nymph stepped out onto a rock in the middle of a creek, scarcely noticing the bite of icy water on her feet.

Spirit of the Forest Service – Past, Present and Future
“The theme of this year’s Ice Worm Festival in Cordova was Ghosts of Ice Worms Past.

Chugach National Forest teaches Girl Scouts about Avalanche Science at UAA
“On February 4, the Girl Scouts of Alaska sponsored a special day for girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade, called Women of Science and Technology Day.

Giant Spruce living in Sitka Alaska
“The fall of 2016 proved to be an exciting time for a group of big tree hunters on the Sitka Ranger District.

The City of Thorne Bay Celebrates 34 Years
“The City of Thorne Bay, which began as a logging camp and was incorporated in 1982, celebrated its 34th anniversary this past August.