Have a listen to interviews from our newest Project Jukebox, Observing Change in Alaska's National Parks.
"This project contains oral history interviews with long-time residents of Skagway, Alaska talking about their observations of environmental change in and around Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and with National Park Service employees and residents of Nome, Alaska discussing the changing environment in and around Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Capturing the effects of change on cultural and natural resources at these two coastal park areas, and hearing about the effects on the human connection to those resources allows audiences to gain first-hand understanding of a changing environment and provides the opportunity to draw comparisons between two distinct regions of Alaska. The interviews pay particular attention to: vegetation succession; differences in plant and animal species; retreating glaciers; vertical advance of tree lines; changes to coastal lagoons and formation of sea ice; shoreline erosion; permafrost melt; and shifts in phenology. Additionally, the interviews highlight the impact of such changes on the flora, fauna and humans, and the adaptations all are making to these changes."
Support for this project was provided by the National Park Service, and Anne Mastov and Karl Gurcke of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and Katie Cullen of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve who assisted in project planning and implementation, and helped identify and select people to be interviewed.