Huts and parks

There are many places to get outdoors in Alaska from basic car camping to remote
mountains and rivers. One can hike from almost any village, town, or city in Alaska
and leave civilization in no time, including Anchorage. Chugach State Park
borders Anchorage and is then bordered by Chugach National Forest. Combined
they are almost 7 million acres of rugged landscape with few trails. There are also
many opportunities for day trips, public use cabins, and car camping. This show
features an update on the Spencer Whistle Stop near Portage and Alaska Hut’s plans
for a world-class hut system starting there and on State Parks and their 50th
anniversary. We’ll have representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Huts,
and Alaska State Parks talking about what’s happening and how Alaskans can safely
recreate in this age of COVID19.

HOST: Paul Twardock


  • Alicia King: Chugach National Forest
  • Cameron Sanders:  Alaska Huts
  • Wendy Sailors: Alaska State Parks


BROADCAST: Thursday, August 27th, 2020. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, August 27th, 2020. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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