Outdoors

A burn ban was lifted Tuesday in many parts of Alaska, but remains in place in Anchorage and Western Alaska, the Division of Forestry announced. 

Laurel Andrews,Zaz Hollander
A pair of Pacific loons returned to Connors Lake and laid two eggs this year, as has happened nearly every year for more than a decade. Alaska Dispatch News
Five-mile trails can deliver spectacular view of Eagle, Symphony lakes -- or a gorgeous unnamed tarn that sits at the bottom of a large secluded amphitheater.Matt Tunseth
The mammoth brown bears were killed over black bear bait stations near Clam Gulch, and they may be among the largest ever taken on the Kenai Peninsula.Beth Bragg
The grind up Mount Marathon and the harrowing descent that follows in the annual Independence Day race on the 3,022-foot peak overlooking Seward is fraught with pitfalls.Alaska Dispatch News
The seminar began after the deadly 2012 event raised questions about race safety. Matt Tunseth
Sixteen employees at the McGrath forward-operating base are being laid off July 1. The state defends the budget cuts as necessary, but Alaska forestry director Chris Maisch acknowledges that the situation is “not ideal.” Laurel Andrews
Concerns over continuing effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound inspired biologists from the U.S. Forest Service to monitor black oystercatcher nesting populations. Danielle Rupp | The Cordova Times
The cameras at Brooks Camp drew 16 million viewers last year from every country on the planet except Syria and Yemen, according to Google Analytics. This year, technicians will add a powerful directional microphone at Brooks Falls to pipe natural sounds into people's living rooms. Hannah Colton | Bristol Bay Times

Lake Hood has long been touted as part of the world’s busiest floatplane center. Now it could be the vector for the spread of elodea, a leafy, long-stemmed plant notorious for crowding out native species of freshwater flora.

 

Bob Hallinen