A wild monkey watches tourists pass in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province, China's first national forest park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Unlike Alaska, where wild lands were pre-emptively protected by Federal and State legislation, China must actively work to restore a degraded landscape.
In Mandarin, the characters for "America" directly translate to "beautiful country." I never fully appreciated what so many Americans take for granted, access to federally protected open land, until I lived abroad in China.
There have been a few changes since you were born in the 1980s. One major change is that there are more of us now. A lot more.
In 1985, the U.S. population was 238 million. Now it's more than 317 million.
Two of the three species of North American weasels live on the Kenai Peninsula: the common short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea), also known as the ermine when white in the winter, and the more secretive, less abundant and smallest...
In recent years, whenever the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets to consider proposals for Upper Cook Inlet area fishing, the snagging issue comes up. Early in 2014, board members will wrestle with it again.
The dialogue will be spirited.