Alaska Outdoors

Forest Service considers cabin fee hikes in Chugach, Tongass

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public input as it considers whether to raise rental rates for 184 public cabins in the Chugach and… Continue reading

Tongass Advisory Committee to meet

The federal Tongass National Forest Advisory Committee will meet in Ketchikan from Dec. 1-3, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Friday.The… Continue reading

‘Taking Care of the Kids’ the topic of upcoming Wildlife Wednesday lecture

Next Wednesday, local biologist, photographer, author and naturalist Bob Armstrong will give a presentation on how Southeast Alaskan animals — from spiders to deer —… Continue reading

Colorado ski season starts with opening of A-Basin, Loveland

DENVER — Colorado ski season is underway with not one but two resorts to choose from.Both Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas began operating their… Continue reading

On the Trails: Mutual bonds

Mutually beneficial relationships (a type of symbiosis, which just means “living together”) are common under the aegis of Mother Nature. Some obvious ones are bees… Continue reading

Off the Beaten Path: Watch out, Iliamna Lake Monster, here I come

Next summer, I plan to fish for the Lake Iliamna Monster. I’m bored of catching salmon, halibut and trout, and it doesn’t look like the… Continue reading

Southeast Alaska’s invisible (and invasive) war

There are wars most people don’t notice right here in Juneau.There’s a war between fireweed and reed canary grass out at Brotherhood Bridge. There’s one… Continue reading

Alaska Science Forum: Flesh-eating bugs gorge in the name of science

Aren Gunderson parks his truck, steps out and strips off his sweatshirt.“I always take off my outer clothing layer,” says the caretaker of the University… Continue reading

ADF&G to hold meeting on new guide requirements

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 to answer questions… Continue reading

Alaska Science Forum: Human-powered torpedo on Alaska’s remote island

On a damp island far out in the Aleutian chain, a secret weapon of Japan’s World War II Navy sinks into the sod. A Type-A… Continue reading

Wild Shot

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via email to: Outdoors editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.… Continue reading

Invasive species workshop hosted in Juneau

The Alaska Invasive Species Workshop Oct. 27-29 in Juneau will highlight invasive species management and issues in Southeast Alaska and around the state.Keynote speaker John… Continue reading

Eaglecrest bike trail volunteer work day happening Saturday

The Juneau Mountain Bike Alliance has organized a volunteer work day at the site of the new mountain bike trail at Eaglecrest Ski Area from… Continue reading

On the Trails: Early fall observations

In the meadows near Cowee Creek, a few late flowers bloomed. Salmon carcasses littered the mudflats and creek bank. High-bush cranberry shrubs were decorated with… Continue reading

Alaska man searching for long-lost national park art

SPEARFISH, S.D. — He calls himself the “Ranger of the Lost Art.” Like Indiana Jones, the adventurous archaeologist who partially inspired the moniker, 69-year-old Doug… Continue reading

Paddleboarding Glacier Bay

When Michelle Eshpeter first told friends she was planning on paddleboarding in Glacier Bay, they were skeptical. Most people she knew who’d done trips there… Continue reading

Alaska man hits 300-pound fur seal on drive to work

ANCHORAGE — Fred Parnell says he wasn’t expecting marine animals to be in the roadway, so he was shocked when he hit something that felt… Continue reading

Drones track health of endangered orcas

SEATTLE — Federal biologists flying a drone have taken thousands of rich images of endangered Puget Sound orcas showing the whales are in good condition… Continue reading

Wild Shots

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via email to: Outdoors editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.… Continue reading

State OKs hunting of musk oxen stranded on sea ice

ANCHORAGE — Alaska big game officials have legalized an unusual hunt that will take a boat and a bold hand.Starting Thursday, Alaska residents can harvest… Continue reading