Chugach State Park Ranger Dan Hourihan traced the route out on the USGS Topo-map to my request for the best hike through Chugach State Park. Dan’s timbre increased in excitement as he described notable landmarks; The Shroud, Bellicose Peak, The Watchmen. Travel through  Bombardment Pass was along the right snowfield to avoid any crevasse. Dan … More

PALL OVER AMATULI

Thirty years ago this month, the currents delivered spilled oil from the Exxon Valdez to the Kodiak-Katmai area. I was the DEC District Engineer over Anchorage, western Alaska, including the Kodiak office.  I relocated to Kodiak for shoreline surveillance. We flew a Bell 206 chopper right off the deck, covering all the islands in the … More PALL OVER AMATULI

Kayak Subsistence

Caribou subsistence permit in hand, I headed north. We were having a record stretch of warm, sunny weather… besides, I like to hunt on my birthday. My optimism was tempered by the reduction in caribou allotted for the hunt. The herd had been reduced by winter-kill and migration. In the past I have hunted by … More Kayak Subsistence

Sixty Million Salmon

Over sixty million sockeye salmon returned to Bristol Bay in 2018, 10 million more than predicted. Most head up Nushagak Bay … the most in the world. Over 40 million were harvested, close to the all-time record of 44.3 million. Shore based processing plants are required to send the product to market. These processing plants … More Sixty Million Salmon

St. Petersburg To Prudhoe Bay- Hitchhiking

I spotted the hitchhiker just north of Wasilla. I immediately sized him up. Large backpack, wearing top-of-the-line orange outer shell, well-groomed, clear eyes, made eye contact, and was next to large shoulder for pulling over. As a former hitchhiker I felt a common bond. I have hitchhiked on my wilderness outings when canoeing, rafting, or … More St. Petersburg To Prudhoe Bay- Hitchhiking

Mining Mettle

A Company Vision Statement provides direction for a business. My business motto is “Make Work Fun”. If work is fun, then pay is a bonus. I always enjoyed environmental engineering & hydrology, but running my own business really brought out the fun side. No commutes in traffic, no alarm clocks; just work on fun jobs … More Mining Mettle

Environmental Engineering- Kodiak

OSHA requires Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) to commence immediately prior to the job. Alaska has unique workplace challenges. OSHA directs.. “It is very important to look at the entire environment to determine every conceivable hazard that might exist.” Engineering in Alaska requires following many regulations; workplace safety at the top of the list. Electric fencing … More Environmental Engineering- Kodiak

Milford Track Tramp Treat

A professional engineer license requires yearly continuing education. I opted to leave the dark Alaskan winter in exchange for summer in New Zealand for some education credits. Providing environmental engineering in and around parks in Alaska gives me an interest in parks in other countries. Inspecting engineering technology in New Zealand allowed me to combine … More Milford Track Tramp Treat