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Mary Catharine Martin | Juneau Empire
From left to right, Kristy Tibbles, Michael Orsborn and Olivia Orsborn were some of the most successful fire-builders in the Outdoor Survival class hosted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. They leaned the fire up against a rock both to reflect heat and provide a resting place for the fire starter. This class was one in a series of courses being hosted this summer titled "Alaskans Afield."

How to survive in the (Southeast Alaska) wilderness

You're returning from a walk in the woods, but you're running behind schedule.
It's getting dark.
The temperature is dropping.
One member of your group is not used to hiking and is extremely tired.


Gustavus meadows

I recently visited Gustavus for a few days, so I had a chance to do a little exploring on a landscape very different from that of Juneau.

What's in Bloom: Bighead Knapweed

Bighead Knapweed, centaurea macrocephala, is one of the most asked-about plants at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum when it's in bloom. While many knapweeds are listed as highly invasive, C. macrocephala is well-mannered in gardens here in...

Public comment period opens for KSM mine

Canadian officials this week announced the start of a new 30-day public comment period on the Canadian federal government's environmental assessment of the controversial Kerr Sulphurets Mitchell mine proposal.

Bird Bits: Who is that masked bird?

The bandit-marked male common yellowthroat, along with family members feathered with pale yellow bellies and olive-colored backs, skulk low in dense tangles of wet vegetation and underbrush. These are warblers.

Wild Shots

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to outdoors@juneauempire.com.


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