Out in the Field

For the past month, I have been working hard to meet the records deadline that is rapidly approaching. Even though that deadline is approaching, I got to attend safety week with the whole Juneau Ranger District. This consisted of boat, aviation, and dispatch training. I also was able to participate in shoreline survival training that prepared me for the possibility of being stranded in the remote Alaskan woods. In this training we were able to understand the local foliage that can be consumed, how to start a fire with minimal materials, and how to set up a warm shelter in case you are stranded. We were also able to go in the water with survival suits and shoot off flare guns. This came at the perfect time since it is the start of field season!

In a week, I will be boating to another island in Alaska called Admiralty Island. This is where I will be doing survey work to learn more about the Section 106 process that will mitigate the destruction of any cultural resources. Even though most of the field work will require me to be hiking in the rain, I am so excited to get actual archaeological experience under my belt. I will be gone for 10 days on my first hitch with fellow archaeologists from the Juneau District. I am so excited to learn about Alaskan wildlife and village life while also experiencing field work for the first time.

Along with that, I have been networking to gain more field experience. There is a possibility of going on a hitch with trail crew, cabin crew and possibly work in the woodshop. After being here for almost 3 months, I have really seen the community that lies within the Forest Service, and the willingness to accept help whenever possible.

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