One of the poles along Totem Trail fell on August 10th. It was a gentle fall though under the direct supervision of Chief of Maintenance Mike Trainor. Closing that portion of the pathway all morning to passing foot traffic, visitors were still able to watch the procedure from the diminishing shoreline; if they were willing to stand in the rain as the tide came in.
Sitka National Historical Park
The enormous variety of areas in the National Park System means there's also quite a range of experiences when it comes to getting to and from your park destination. Whether you're taking the subway or city bus to an urban park or riding a train, small plane or ferry to reach your destination in Alaska, there are plenty options for a memorable trip...and sometimes they can be memorable indeed.
In yet another precedent-setting ruling, the Merit Systems Protection Board has affirmed that the National Park Service must reinstate Mary A. Miller to her position as superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska.MSPB-Miller Final Decision.pdf
National Park Service officials, who fired the superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park in 2010 because she refused a transfer, have been ordered to reinstate her with back pay.
Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you write 100 times on the whiteboard: "To show respect and avoid a geographical misnomer, many people now use the term Native American instead of Indian."
If you're planning a spring trip to a National Park Service site, you may be able to save a little money if you schedule your visit between April 17 and 25, 2010. Free admission to all 392 NPS sites is being offered during National Park Week
Creature Feature: The Banana Slug is Living Proof that a Slimy Little Gastropod Mollusk Can be Loaded with Charisma
You’d think that a mucus-covered, shell-less, forest-dwelling gastropod whose diet includes animal droppings couldn’t get much love, but the lowly banana slug has acquired a huge fan following. Among other things, it is the star of a community festival, official state mollusk of California, and one of America’s most beloved sports mascots.
The oldest NPS unit in Alaska is celebrating its centennial this year, and it offers a surprising variety of reasons to visit: rain forest and Russians, Tlingit and totem poles, scenery and small town delights. An interesting series of events is scheduled between March and August to mark the occasion, and you're invited to take part.
What do Russian bishops, totem poles and rain forests have in common? They're all part of the story at a park in southeastern Alaska that shares its name with a terrific small town, and Sitka National Historical Park provides a fine combination of history and natural history in a setting that's hard to beat.