Welcome to Running Herd… on Fieldwork in the Western Arctic National Parklands, a blog highlighting some of the work being done by archaeologists, wildlife biologists, ecologists, and rangers in northwest Alaska's Noatak National Preserve, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Cape Krusenstern National Monument.
The four Western Arctic National Parklands, shown together in red on the map, comprise 11.6 million acres straddling the Arctic Circle, following the Chukchi Sea coast, and covering diverse tundra and boreal ecosystems. Each Park unit and its resources are unique, and because the work conducted by the National Park Service and other researchers covers a spectrum of critical issues this blog will be a journey for us all.
With the help of contributors and guest authors I'll feature our projects and the beautiful places in which we live and work. We strive to have local residents, Park visitors, and others interested in our work feel involved with what we do, so please feel free to let us know what you would like to hear more about. We welcome your feedback.