Retiring Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance board member Leo Rasmussen was presented with a plaque by Alliance President Judy Bittner, at the Alliance's 2017 annual meeting. The honor was in recognition of his many years of service - statewide and nationally - to the Alliance and to the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Leo was the finish line checker in the first Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1973; he served on the Race Committee Board for years and was board president from 1988-91.
He served on the board of directors of the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance since its founding in 1999 and was first president of the board.
A long-time resident of Nome, Leo has now moved to Fairbanks.
BLM invites public comment on environmental assessment for permitting of events on the Iditarod Trail.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The BLM is seeking public comment on its Environmental Assessment analyzing effects of winter competitive events and commercial recreational uses of BLM-managed public lands and facilities along the Iditarod Trail.
These events include, but are not limited to, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the Iron Dog (snowmobile) Race, human-powered races, and guided trips which require BLM Special Recreation Permits. The BLM-managed sections of the Iditarod Trail affected by the permits are between the Alaska Range and Nikolai and between Kaltag and Unalakleet.
The BLM strives to be a good neighbor in the communities it serves and welcomes public input on this Environmental Assessment. Please submit comments by Nov. 13, 2017. Comments can be made online at https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office. Using the “Advanced Search” function, enter the document number: DOI-BLM-AK-A010-2017-0012-EA.
Comments may also be submitted to the BLM Anchorage Field Office, Attn: Iditarod, 4700 BLM Road, Anchorage, AK 99507.
Crow Pass Trail information from SCA Alaska Leader Team 2017 Final Report, by Whitney Vogel & Nick Batt
Summer has flown by for the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance! While it hasn't snowed in Anchorage yet, the snow is inching closer and closer down the Chugach Mountains. This year has been full of new opportunities for the Alliance as we look to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018. One such opportunity was sponsoring our first SCA crew this summer to perform trail work in Chugach State Park.
The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance's longtime Treasurer, supporter, and friend Jules Mead passed away April 18, 2017. An obituary is available from the Frontiersman.
Photographer John Gomes was able to capture some great moments of the event! Here is a look at our table, right in front of the Great Horned Owl. We even spent some time with Miss Rodeo Alaska 2017, Michaila Massong, who was a big fan of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and its history. Thanks for stopping by Michaila!
Check out the rest of the photos from the day at the John Gomes gallery - there are lots of great animals!
It is hard to believe, but race season is here! The sun is returning and there is snow abound in Alaska. The Iron Dog Race kicked off February 19th and teams are already into Nome and headed towards Fairbanks, while the Iditarod Trail Invitational will start February 26th. All of these winter races are users of the Iditarod National Historic Trail! Wonder how the routes compare? Check out the maps below.
After a hiatus for several years, Winter Trails Day is BACK at the Campbell Creek Science Center. Come on out for a chance to learn all about winter sports and activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking - bring your own, or try out the demos!
Brought to you by the Bureau of Land Management, Municipality of Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation, and REI, the event is 10AM to 2PM (last gear checkout at 1:30PM) at the Campbell Creek Science Center (5600 Science Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99507.) After you've plowed through the snow and roasted some marshmallows by the fire, come inside and warm up in the Science Center - the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance will be there with kids activities and information about the Iditarod National Historic Trail!
To learn more about the event, check out the official BLM page: https://www.blm.gov/basic/learn-interpretive-centers-campbell-creek-science-center-winter-trails-day
REI's event page: https://www.rei.com/events/winter-trails-day/anchorage/163066
And this great piece from the ADN about all the activities that will be available: https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/2017/01/23/sample-grab-bag-of-winter-trail-activities-at-campbell-creek-science-center/
Come #OptOutside with us this Saturday! Hope to see you there!
Join us Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at the Lakefront Hotel (formally the Millennium) for the 2016 Annual Member Meeting! Each year, members are invited to hear in person the latest news from the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance and from our partners. Additionally, the afternoon will cover projects effecting the trail. Check out the full agenda for the day here!
The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance is happy to have an article in the Partnership for the National Trails System Pathways Across America Summer 2016 publication! Read about the importance of Safety Cabins along the trail, and the hard work and partnerships that go in to both building and maintaining the system of Cabins. Thank you to all of the volunteers, communities, and employees that help make these cabins possible!