Southeast Alaska is known for its fresh air. The Southeast Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network (SEAN) monitors airborne contaminants throughout national parks in Southeast Alaska including; Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (NHP), Sitka NHP, and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
The Airborne Contaminants monitoring program is designed to monitor contaminants every 10 years using a variety of methods including measuring amounts of nitrogen, sulfur and metals such as mercury. This is being done through the collection of lichens, which absorb elements in the atmosphere, and rain water collection. Additionally, the NPS is cooperating with the Tongass National Forest to continue data collection on 120 permanent biomonitoring plots throughout the region.
For more information go the SEAN Airborne Contaminants web page.
Download the one page PDF Resource Brief on this study.
Did You Know?
No gold was ever found in the Skagway River valley. The actual gold fields were approximately 550 miles north, near the junction of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers in Dawson City. Skagway became known as the gateway to the Klondike gold fields, a bustling supply town.