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The Northern Line: 2015 Summer XXXVII No 2

Posted by Northern Center at Sep 11, 2015 01:20 PM |

In this issue of the Northern Line our members, elders, board members, interns, conservation partners, and staff touch softly and eloquently on the idea of place. Frank Soos, our Alaska State Writer Laureate, invites us to reflect and wonder. Our summer interns tell us about their adventures. Our founding executive director urges us to be protectors. Throughout this issue there is a connection, a common thread, an urgency. We are called to remain vigilant while holding on tightly to our wonderment.

Place is important. We all have our favorites and most of us have several—a fishing hole, hiking route, or camping spot. These places offer us something and keep us coming back. Without these spaces in our lives I would venture to guess that we would feel a loss—our lives would not be as full without them. In the middle of the woods, north of Smallwood Creek there is a curve in a trail where the spruce dangle low and the space tightens around you. Growing up I thought of it as an archway, my entryway into a wild place that I was free to explore. I was small, the woods before me were massive, and at the same time mine. This place is my place and I return to it, greeting the archway of black spruce, and grateful it is still here.

The Northern Line: 2015 Summer XXXVII No 2

In this issue of the Northern Line our members, elders, board members, interns, conservation partners, and staff touch softly and eloquently on the idea of place. Frank Soos, our Alaska State Writer Laureate, invites us to reflect and wonder. Our summer interns tell us about their adventures. Our founding executive director urges us to be protectors. Throughout this issue there is a connection, a common thread, an urgency. We are called to remain vigilant while holding on tightly to our wonderment.

 

At the Northern Center we have an enviable job—we are working to protect the places we love. Looking at a map of northern Alaska it is a place mostly devoid of roads and infrastructure. In The Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold wrote, "To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part." Those blank places on the map are our places.

The Northern Line: 2015 Summer XXXVII No 2

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