On March 4th, the Iditarod Sled Dog Race will kick off with their Ceremonial Start in Anchorage! The Ceremonial Start is a great way to participate in the fun of the Iditarod for a day. Teams start downtown, then travel the 11 miles to the BLM Alaska Campbell Tract Facility. Never been to the restart before? This handy brochure from the BLM will tell you everything you need to know!
While we are sad we will not be able to join in on the fun for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race Restart, we know they will have a great time in Fairbanks. The ADN had some great advice on if you plan to travel to Fairbanks with your family for the Restart!
Participating in any race activities along the trail? Tag us in your photos! And it is not too late to order an official Iditarod National Historic Trail patch or pin from our online store! Happy racing!
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!
The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance is actively working to educate the public and protect the Iditarod National Historic Trail. One of the best ways you can help us protect the Trail is by becoming a member of the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance. Your dues go to great programs like iTREC!, trail safety projects, and protecting the Trail!
Already a member, or looking for other ways to help protect the Trail? You can:
Together, we can protect Alaska’s only National Trail – the Iditarod National Historic Trail, commemorating the last great American gold rush!
In addition, today’s paper included a Letter to the Editor cheering the decision, and commenting on how this project will contribute to the Iditarod National Historic Trail and the goal to have a complete Southern Trek from Seward to Girdwood! http://www.adn.com/opinions/letters/2016/08/10/readers-write-letters-to-the-editor-aug-10-2016/ We love seeing the public voice their support for the Iditarod NHT!
Hi my name is Nathan Thomson and I am the 2016 Conservation Intern for the Iditarod National Historic Trail. I am a 23 year old graduate student from Virginia who has been involved with the Student Conservation Association for the past two years. 2015 saw me living and working in Idaho, mostly for the Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger in the Frank Church River of no Return Wilderness. My current position with the BLM is the next step in my journey through the environmental field. In about a months’ time I will begin my Master’s program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. There I will study Political Science and Environmental Policy. I plan on using my degree and my experience with the SCA to work for the protection and expansion of public lands and equal access.
It seems like just yesterday the howling of sled dogs filled the air as Alaska celebrated her official winter sport, but before we knew it our summer is now half over! Alaskan summers may only last a few months, but the long days allow us to go nonstop. As our partners have been busy with field work and preparing for the next school year, we thought it was a good time to reflect on the year so far.
The Iditarod Trail Invitational human powered bike race had another record breaking year, and the Alliance was happy to have had a booth along with the BLM at the Inaugural Fat Bike Expo the two days before! The following weekend the Alliance participated for the first time at the Willow Community Center during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race Restart, and we had a great time! While many people were excited to learn that Alaska has a National Trail and its gold rush history, others knew all about the trail and showed us photos of the Mile 0 sign in Seward! Many of our visitors were excited to pick up a souvenir from the event, and we went home with only a few of the books, dvds, and mugs we came with!
After race season officially ended, preparations for summer started! Down in Seward, a new Mile 0 sign, landscaping to several of the statues, and Iditarod NHT logos along the first mile of the bike path are all planned for this year. On National Trails Day, a guided historic walking tour was led by the Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers of the first mile of the Trail.
The Bureau of Land Management is excited to welcome a new SCA Intern, Nathan for the summer! Nathan is assisting the INHT Trail Administrator Kevin Keeler with field work, including delivering tripods, shelter cabin maintenance, and assessing sections of the trail that were impacted by last summer’s fire season.
The Fish and Wildlife Service in Galena will be hosting their first ever artist-in-residence – we can’t wait to see their work!
Here at the Alliance, we are continuing our mission to educate the public and spread awareness about the Iditarod National Historic Trail! August will mark the start of our sixth year of iTREC, the Iditarod Trail to Every Classroom, and we cannot wait to start this transformative training with our next group of teachers. New this summer, our DVD The Iditarod National Historic Trail: A History will be shown at several locations! In Seward, the movie will be shown in the Community Room at 2pm, Monday-Saturday, with the exception of occasional Library Museum programming. Free admission (donations accepted.) Out at sea, the movie will be shown on the Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship as a part of their interpretive program. We are excited for the expanding opportunities for the public to see our great film!
Keep an eye on our Current Events page for events, and we hope you have a great summer!
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The Public Comment period is currently open for the Donlin Gold Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). There are three components to the project: the 315 mile pipeline from Cook Inlet to the mine site, the barge transportation on the Kuskokwim River, and the mine site itself. Information on the project and how to submit a comment can be found at: http://www.donlingoldeis.com/. We encourage the public to read about the project and submit their comments to the US Army Corps of Engineers as a part of the public process.
UPDATE: The comment period has been extended from April 30th to May 31, 2016.
The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance has passed the following resolution that has been submitted as public comment.
Public Access Alert! Are you concerned with access to the Iditarod National Historic Trail? The last week of hearings on the Dickson V. State case (Case No. 3AN-12-07260 CI) will be March 21st and 22nd 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM in room 502, Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage. The public is invited to listen in on the final rebuttal and closing arguments. Proper courtroom behavior is required (no weapons/pocket knives, turn cell phones off, no disrupting proceedings, etc.)