Alaska's Forest Fires and the Burning of the Chatanika Dredge

August 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I am saddened to hear that interior Alaska's historic Gold Dredge No. 3, a.k.a. "Chatanika Dredge," recently burned during a forest fire.  The dredge was the venue for a yearly poetry reading and a favorite--though perilous--subject for local photographers.  I had photographed the dredge in the summers of 2008 and 2009--a shot of the dredge is the cover image for my Fairbanks gallery--and had been hoping to return.  I guess that won't happen and I'll have to continue to work with the remaining shots in my archive.

Regretfully, massive forest fires are frequent during summers in interior Alaska, harming air quality and causing dramatic changes to the landscape.  A number of my photographs document these changes to our environment in wilderness areas such as the White Mountains, whose trees and forests burned several years ago.


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