Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information
Chugach National Forest
by: Michael DeYoung
by: Frank Flavin
If you've ventured north to Alaska before, chances are you spotted the circular "Alaska Grown" logo once or twice, whether it was a sticker on veggies at a local farmers market or emblazoned on a sweatshirt or bumper sticker. The yellow emblem printed across a green map of the state against a blue background is not just a motto personified by lifelong Alaskans, but a marketing initiative run by the State Division of Agriculture to promote the development of the sustainable agriculture industry, a growing movement joined by restaurants statewide.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is the sole administrator of the Silver Hand program, with a mission to promote authentic Alaska Native art made exclusively by Alaska Native artists. The seal looks just like it sounds - a silver hand displayed against a black oval background - and indicates that the article on which it appears was created by hand in Alaska. If authenticity is what you seek in your souvenir shopping, the Silver Hand program guarantees a keepsake you will treasure for years to come.
Whether you’re in search of colorful shorebirds or colossal brown bears, wildlife-viewing opportunities abound in Alaska. Hundreds of species thrive in their original and undisturbed natural habitats, and viewing them is sure to be a highlight on any visit north. For tips on how and when to see wildlife in Alaska, the Division of Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Viewing program provides information on varied wildlife species through several publications and programs.
Alaska got a taste of Hollywood last fall, when filmmakers from Universal Studios chose Anchorage as the setting for the upcoming romantic drama, “Everybody Loves Whales,” starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. The movie recounts the international effort to rescue gray whales from an ocean ice pack near Barrow, Alaska in 1988, and has helped bring attention to Alaska as a feasible filmmaking destination for large-scale productions.
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