Polar Bay Expedition

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|Bio 110 | |Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska | |By: Jackie Pierce, Dea ODonnell and Valerie Lliteras | | | |November 2010 | | | [pic] [pic] The History of Glacier Bay…show more content…
Uhler explains, the expedition consisted of an impressive collection of scientists, artists, photographers and writers to explore the Alaska coast, from the southeast boundary all the way to the Seward Peninsula. Members of the expedition spent five days in Glacier Bay, and collected a wealth of data along with some memorable adventures. Soon after the Harriman party departed, the tourism and exploration in Glacier Bay came to an abrupt halt. According to Uhler, “In September 1899, a massive earthquake shattered the Muir Glacier. Masses of floating ice prevented ships from closely approaching the glacier for at least a decade, and the steamship companies removed Glacier Bay from their itineraries.” Over the next few decades, Uhler states; Glacier Bay belonged to a hardy assortment of scientists and adventurous entrepreneurs, as well as native seal hunters, fishermen and egg-gatherers. A number of colorful characters, including the gold miners Joe and Muz Ibach of Reid Inlet and the hermits Jim Huscroft of Lituya Bay and Buck Harbeson of Dundas Bay, enlivened the local landscape. In addition to rugged individualists who pursued mining, trapping, homesteading, fox-farming and other small-scale ventures, continues Uhler, “there was at least one successful corporate operation within what is now Glacier Bay National Park, a salmon cannery at Dundas Bay.…show more content…
MANY WILDFIRES CAUSE LITTLE DAMAGE TO THE LAND AND POSE FEW THREATS TO FISH, WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE, SOME FIRES REQUIRE SPECIAL EFFORTS TO PREVENT FURTHER PROBLEMS AFTER THE FIRE. “THE BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE (BAER) PROGRAM ADDRESSES THESE SITUATIONS WITH THE GOAL OF PROTECTING LIFE, PROPERTY, WATER QUALITY, AND DETERIORATED ECOSYSTEMS FROM FURTHER DAMAGE AFTER THE FIRE IS OUT (HTTP://WWW.NPS.GOV).” BECAUSE OF THE SHEER SIZE OF ALASKA, INTERAGENCY COOPERATION IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT TO ALASKA FIRE MANAGEMENT.” NPS ALASKA WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT IS A VITAL AND ACTIVE MEMBER IN THIS ENDEAVOR

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