Air Pollution in Eagle, Alaska
There are possible elevated levels of air pollutants, including sulfur dioxide, in Eagle, AK that may be due to shale rock oil fires in the vicinity. The town is also impacted by smoke from wildfires, depending on wind direction. See link for more info. More »
Subsistence: A Meaningful, Ongoing Connection to the Land
For thousands of years Alaska's indigenous people traveled extensively over the landscape, making a living through hunting, fishing, and gathering activities. In modern times, these activities became known collectively as subsistence, and both Alaska Natives and local rural users live off the land, relying on fish, wildlife and other wild resources. Alaska's abundance of natural resources forms the backbone of life and economy for many residents of the state. In Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, local users are busy all year round, with nature's bounty providing sustenance for families living in the surrounding areas.
Subsistence users have a unique connection to the land fostered by tradition and lifelong experience. An anonymous local user described the importance of subsistence this way:
You can't overstate the importance of subsistence to people around here. And people, in all the villages, probably also in some of the cities, are depending on subsistence. People need to have their pride in what they're doing and their lifestyle. And the whole state needs that to have a cultural identity. Because you don't have just an empty land. This has never been an empty land. There were people living here thousands of years ago. This is not a place they can empty out...I just hope that it stays to some degree while I'm alive and afterwards. (Eagle, 2005)
Fishwheels on the Yukon: A common Subsistence tool.
To learn more about the history of the subsistence legislation click here.
Did You Know?
Yukon-Charley Rivers is home to the largest nesting habitat of American Peregrine Falcons in all of North America.