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Abby Lowell | Juneau Empire
Peterson Lake Cabin is pictured in December. The winter of 2014-15 is not one that has yet brought large amounts of snowfall to Southeast Alaska, but even so, winter outings require attention in areas summer outings do not.

Finding winter at Peterson Lake Cabin

There was a collective sigh of relief as our group reached the Peterson Lake Trail parking lot. A few inches of crusty snow blanketed the area.

by Abby Lowell

What the rains have wrought

The heavy rains of the last week have moved the woods' trees and boulders, most noticeably on and around Juneau's trails. The most problematic change for the U.S.
MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Things to know about winter cabin camping

Ed Grossman, the U.S. Forest Service recreation program manager on the Tongass National Forest, has been "blizzarded in" not once, but twice while staying at the Peterson Lake Cabin. "It went from nothing, to a weekend dump," he said.

Off the Beaten Path: The Tongass Zone

It’s been a hybrid-beast of a winter, the sort in which the Eeyore bray (Southeast’s soggy equivalent of a siren song) makes you want to retreat to a cave and lose yourself in a vicious cycle of Netflix, frozen coffee creamer and self-...
BJORN DIHLE

On the Trails: Eating lichens

Walking along the East Glacier trail one day, I noticed a scattering of gray lichen scraps on the snow next to a small tree trunk whose lichens were the source of the scraps.
Mary Willson

Alaska Science Forum: Digging up Augustine's top-heavy legacy

Augustine Volcano sits alone, a 4,000-foot pyramid on its own island in Cook Inlet. Like many volcanoes, it has a tendency to become top heavy. When gravity acts on Augustine's oversteepened dome, rockslides spill into the ocean.
NED ROZELL

Wildlife Wednesday: Southeast's moose

Learn about the moose of Southeast Alaska at the Alaska Wildlife Alliance Southeast Chapter's upcoming Wildlife Wednesday, a monthly series of lectures.

Fireside talk: Alexander Archipelago Wolves

U.S. Forest Service biologist Brian Logan will speak about Alexander Archipelago wolves this evening at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's weekly Fireside Lecture.

USFS updates reservation, payment process for Auk Village, Mendenhall Lake Campgrounds

JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service has revised the reservation and payment process for Auk Village and Mendenhall Lake Campgrounds, according to a release this week. In 2015, all campsites need to be reserved and paid for through the...
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