Rain Garden Construction September 7th and 8th


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TIWC at the NPS Guide Series


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Battle Against Invasives


Invasive plants are non-native grasses, flowers, and trees that are able to outcompete native species for resources such as nutrients, sunlight, and water. Many invasive plants grow quickly and crowd out native plants. Join me and Ramsey from the Klondike National Historical Park at 9 AM at the airport on Saturday July 26th to pull out one of “Alaska’s Most (Un)Wanted Invaders” (University of Alaska Anchorage): White Sweetclover. For more information on this and other invasives in Alaska, visit http://aknhp.uaa.alaska.edu/botany/akepic/     For the past three years I’ve been working with Federal Agencies (National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service) to slow the spread of reed canary grass around Pullen Creek. Ramsey Mauldin and I picked a sunny day to clip the seed heads off this invasive grass. While this help to stop spread the grass to uninfected areas, it does not kill the plant. For that, we will have to turn to more intensive efforts, which may include herbicide. reedcanary4reedcanary3


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Join us in our quest to build a rain garden in Skagway




Details to come…

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2014 Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby Results

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2014 Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby a success! Thank you so much to the Haines Sportsman Association for allowing us to borrow their derby scale. Our sponsors include the Red Onion, Municipality of Skagway, Petro Marine, the Eagles, SMART Bus, AP&T, Reflections, Frontier Excursions, Packer Expeditions, White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, Richter’s Jewelry and Curio, Alaska Liquor Store, Fairway Market, Skagway Fishing Charters, Fat Salmon Charters, Skagway Brewing Company, Wings of Alaska, Haines Brewing Company, Baked Cafe (Whitehorse), Kal Tire, Yukon Brewing Company, The Rock Shop, Radio Shack, Skagway Hardware Store, Nature Creations, and the Yukon Suspension Bridge. Also big thanks to all the volunteers ( Mark Larsen, Franklin Lopez, Tom Thompson, Anna Barton, Kellee Gahan, Holly Bracher, Brook Cinocco, Tabitha McGillivray, Brian Studiale, and Kaitlyn). Another big thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary for their continued support of our derby banquet with side salads!

Here are the results:

1st Cheryl Olson 27.30

2nd Whitney Fairbanks 26.10

3rd Tim Fairbanks 25.60

4th Trevor Harding 25.50

5th Austin Bricker 24.75

6th Anna Korsmo 22.95

7th Colten Jared 22.05

8th Danny Moore 21.90

9th Ryan Redington 21.90

10th Tom Dale 19.50

11th John Tronrun 18.10

12th Ryan Edwards 17.00

Local’s Prize Tim Fairbanks (largest king caught by a local)

Yukoner’s Prize Cheryl Olson

Summer Worker’s Prize Colten Jared

Senior’s Prize Carl Hoover

Highest Total Pounds of King Whitney Fairbanks 71.45

Team Prize Sad Fish 97.05

Smallest Legal King Rayme Eatough 8.95

Shore Prize Danny Moore 21.90

Largest Feeder Ryan Edwards 17.00

First King Thursday Whitney Fairbanks

First King Friday Ryan Mandeville

First King Saturday Mary Butler

First King Sunday Tim Fairbanks

Largest Pink Ryan Edwards 3.90

Largest King Women’s Cheryl Olson 27.30

Women’s Highest Total Pounds of King Whitney Fairbanks 71.45

Largest King Youth Austin Bricker 24.75

First King Brought in by a Girl No one

First King Brought in by a Boy Ryan Edwards

Largest Dolly Ryan Edwards 2.10

Youngest to Enter a Fish Nicholas Barba, Age 8.5



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Forest Service Stream Habitat Training

April 21 – 22. The staff member of TIWC joined SAWC’s Brad Ryan and Angie Eldred in Sitka to learn about the Tier II survey used to evaluate streams for habitat features such as pools, riffles, and large woody debris. A healthy mix of these three elements provide salmon and other organisms with their habitat needs. TIWC and SAWC hope to pair up to use their new knowledge on streams throughout Southeast Alaska.

This training was organized by the Sitka Conservation Society and was run by Emil Tucker of the U.S. Forest Service.






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Earth Day Disc Golf


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Salmon Released!

Wednesday the 19th of March at about 2:10 PM the elementary school met me at Molly Walsh Park to release our salmon into the wild!


We wondered whether they would swim upstream or downstream. After a 3-2-1 countdown, me and my helper Knikki each dumped a bucket of salmon fry. All of them swam upstream. The kids noticed a lot of trash in their salmon’s new home. We’ll have to get our boots on and clean it up!

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10th Annual Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby

Hey Everyone! After talking with the Department of Fish and Game about king salmon regs, we’ve decided to hold our derby June 26 to 29th 2014. More information to come, but expect the usual $2,000 grand prize as well as special prizes for women, kids, people fishing from shore, and more!!

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Salmon to be Released!


Since October we’ve been raising chinook salmon eggs in Skagway Elementary School. About once a month, I get to hang out with each of the elementary classes at the end of the day to share with them things I’ve been learning about salmon, salmon habitat, aquatic insects, and human impacts. Next week we’ll release our fry into Pullen Creek where they’ll grow for a couple of years before heading out to the ocean to become adults. Time, date, and location to be determined, but I’ll let you know through our favorite media outlets: this website, our facebook page, and KHNS


The Skagway Bird Club received the above from Whitehorse photographer Vince Federoff. The ravens are happy up there, it must almost be spring!


Also, tomorrow there will be a legislative hearing on the Juneau Road to Nowhere, follow the above link to the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council website for more information and to sign a petition against funding the Juneau Road.

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