On Arctic Ground Presentation
In the far northwest corner of Alaska lies “the Reserve,” a 23-million acre stretch of land defined by wild river valleys and wide open tundra. Home to indigenous Inupiaq Eskimos, America’s largest caribou herd, the Arctic’s highest concentration of grizzly bears, millions of nesting birds, and the world’s largest Arctic dinosaur bone bed, the Alaska National Petroleum Reserve is also the largest single unit of public lands in the United States.
On Thursday, November 15th, 2012, the Mountaineers Program Center invites you to experience this spectacular part of our country’s public lands through a special multimedia presentation of On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve. The program will be presented by Fairbanks, AK-based author and adventurer Debbie S. Miller.
Sharing personal stories of her years spent exploring this wild corner of Alaska, Miller will talk about her recent experience of whitewater canoeing more than 600 miles of the Reserve’s rivers, including the Colville, Nigu, and Etivluk: “We felt like Lewis and Clark exploring this immense, truly wild frontier.” She’ll show images from award-winning wildlife photographers, many of whom hiked or paddled with Miller in the Reserve, as well as sound recordings from celebrated cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson.
This presentation is based off Miller’s new book On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve (July 2012) published by Braided River, the conservation advocacy imprint of The Mountaineers Books. It is the first book of photography and essays exploring the wildlife, landscape, history and people of the Reserve, with a Preface written by former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. The book also features original essays from wildlife biologist Jeff Fair as well as an essay and audio download by noted Alaska writer and soundscape artist Richard Nelson. Paleontologists Jack Horner and Patrick Druckenmiller share recent research associated with dinosaur studies in the Alaska’s Arctic, and stunning photographs come from an outstanding group of nature photographers including Steve Kazlowski, Patrick Endres, Hugh Rose, Joel Sartore, Florian Schultz, and many more.
Miller first moved to Arctic Alaska in 1975 to teach in a Gwich’in Athabascan Indian village on the south boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. For the past 37 years she has traveled extensively through Alaska’s wild lands, exploring the unique landscape and serving as a guide to visitors like President Jimmy Carter. The author of Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and many children’s books about Alaska’s environment. She received the 1999 Refuge Hero Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for her writing, education, and conservation work.
Event sponsors include The Mountaineers, Braided River, The Alaska Wilderness League, The Sierra Club and American Whitewater. Beer and wine by donation, provided by Alaskan Brewing
Donations will be collected at the door.