The Dalton Highway: A Multi-Media History of Alaska's Arctic Road

Wiseman: Jack Reakoff

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Interviewer: Marie Mitchell Jack ReakoffKristin & Jack Reakoff  
Date: November 16, 2006
Identifier: H2006-28-03, tape 1 & 2
Approximate Length: 90 min.
Biographical Information:

Born September 3, 1957 in Anchorage, Alaska. Raised in Wiseman and other rural communities of Alaska.
Jack Reakoff worked as a trapper, hunting guide, commercial fisherman, and tour guide. Jack serves on the Koyukuk River Advisory Committee, the Western Interior Advisory Council to the Federal Subsistence Board, and the Gates of the Arctic National Park Subsistence Resource Commission. He lives a subsistence lifestyle and harvests wild game and other natural resources for sustainability. He currently works as an interpreter sharing his life experience and knowledge of Wiseman.

Summary of Interview: Jack discusses the changing lifestyle of Wiseman as a result of the Haul Road, reflects on the past, present and future; the history and culture of Wiseman; his involvement in tourism as a result of the Dalton Highway; how technology has influenced his lifestyle; his views on subsistence living, commercial development along the Haul Road, and management of natural resources.
Storytelling: Click to listen to Jack share his views about rural and urban Alaskans.
Click to listen to Jack talk about interacting with tourists in Wiseman.
Click to listen to Jack describe his unforgettable hunting trip with his sister Heidi Schoppenhorst.
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This interview has been edited. Original recording is available at the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Libary, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Segment 01) Jack's mother (June Reakoff) and father (Rick Reakoff) lived in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Rick Reakoff did not like the urban lifestyle. Rick preferred the outdoors and was interested in hunting and trapping. Rick started hunting at the age of eight. He ran away from home, but a truant officer brought him back. He joined the Army, and fought in the Korean War. After military service, he moved to Alaska.

Reakoff, June -- mother\ Reakoff, Rick -- father\ childhood -- father\ Detroit, Michigan\ Reakoff, Rick -- interests\ outdoor\ hunting\ trapping\ Reakoff, Rick -- story\ home -- ran away from\ Army -- served in\ Korean War\ Alaska -- relocated to|

Segment 02) Rick Reakoff learned to fly on the G.I. Bill (the Service Members' Readjustment Act of 1944). Rick purchased a plane in 1963. He learned about Wiseman when he hunted with Andy Anderson, and liked it. He moved the family to Wiseman. Rick visited and talked with the elders, gold miners and Eskimos about the past way of life. He became a guide soon after he earned his hunting guide license.

Reakoff, Rick -- pilot\ G.I. Bill -- description of\ Reakoff, Rick -- airplane\ airplane -- purchase of\ Wiseman -- hunting area\ Anderson, Andy -- friend\ influence\ Wiseman -- relocated to\ elder\ gold miners\ Eskimos\ stories -- lifestyle\ hunting guide -- licensed|

Segment 03) Most Alaskan Natives were nomadic. The primary villages where people aggregated were selected for resources (salmon, caribou). As western culture arrived, people harvested from the primary village areas.

Alaskan Natives -- past\ nomadic\ village -- explanation of\ primary\ secondary\ village -- changes in|

Segment 04) Wiseman had a mixed ethnic community -- Alaska Natives and White miners. The Pioneers of Alaska Hall was a facility in Wiseman that housed people who visited. Pioneers of Alaska was a benevolent organization, and acted as the local government in pre-territorial days. The Reakoff family stayed in the hall when they visited Wiseman.

Wiseman -- community\ diverse\ non-Native\ Alaska Native\ miners\ Eskimos\ Pioneers of Alaska Hall -- quarters\ Wiseman\ Pioneer of Alaska -- organization\ description|

Segment 05) In the early 1960's, Wiseman was a supply point for gold mining activity at Nolan Creek and the surrounding area. Around 350 people mined, and 100 people lived in Wiseman. When World War II started, gold mining was non-essential to the war effort. This negatively impacted the Wiseman economy. Wiseman went from 100 people to 30 people. In the 1960's, the population decreased to 15 or so year-round residents, mainly elderly mining residents. Most of the cabins were burned in the post-war era for fuel. People who remained in Wiseman grew gardens, mined, hunted, and survived a subsistence lifestyle.

Wiseman -- history of\ gold mining -- Wiseman\ gold mining -- changes in\ pre World War II -- gold mining\ gold mining -- productive\ Wiseman -- population\ World War II -- effect of\ gold mining -- halted\ Wiseman -- negative impact\ population\ cabins -- wood fuel\ Wiseman -- subsistence|

Segment 06) The Reakoff family purchased cabins in 1966. Jack's parents bought three cabins: a cabin built by the Stanish brothers, who were miners; the teachers' quarters; and the old school house. In 1971, the Reakoff's moved to Wiseman from Chandalar Lake. There was no economy in Wiseman, except for guiding. Rick Reakoff became a hunting guide, and the family traveled to Bristol Bay to commercial fish in the summers. His parents rented an apartment in Fairbanks so the kids could attend school. His father continued trapping, while his mom stayed in Fairbanks during the winter season. When Jack finished school in Fairbanks, the family moved to Wiseman permanently. Jack was home schooled at Chandalar Lake and various village schools. The family lived in Bettles, King Salmon, and Galena before settling in Wiseman.

Reakoff, Rick -- family\ Wiseman -- cabins\ cabins -- purchase of\ cabins -- description of\ Reakoff family\ Wiseman -- home base\ Wiseman -- limitations\ income\ Reakoff, Rick -- hunting guide\ family -- employment\ employment -- commercial fish\ children -- schooling\ schooling -- location\ Fairbanks\ Reakoff, Jack -- childhood\ schooling\ home base|

Segment 07) In 1971, Jack's primary home was Wiseman. The family traveled seasonally to hunt, trap, and fish. Many Wiseman residents traveled to other areas for similar reasons. In 1976, his parents lived year-round in Wiseman. Heidi, his younger sister, was home schooled from first grade to 12th grade. Jack enjoys the lifestyle of subsistence living. When he visited the Lower-48 as a child, he did not like the pollution and over-population. He lived in Anchorage, and did not like the urban lifestyle. Urban lifestyle was too distant from the natural eco-lifestyle, and too repetitive. The lifestyle in Wiseman is more annual, seasonal, cyclic, and natural.

Wiseman -- primary home\ travel -- seasonally\ seasonal -- hunt\ trap\ fish\ parents -- home base\ Wiseman\ Schoppenhorst, Heidi -- home schooled\ Wiseman -- enjoyment of\ subsistence -- lifestyle\ preference\ urban lifestyle -- dislike in\ pollution\ over-population\ urban lifestyle -- not natural\ repetitive\ subsistence -- natural\ seasonal\ cyclic|

Segment 08) Jack started hunting at the age of 18 months with his father. He remembers being carried on his dad's shoulders while his father hunted ducks. Hunting was a continuous training process, from small game (ducks and grouse) to large game (bears, dall sheep, moose). When his dad was a guide, Jack's training continued. Jack also learned from people who lived a traditional lifestyle before western influence.

Reakoff, Jack -- hunting\ hunting -- age of\ father -- hunted with\ animals -- types of\ small game -- ducks\ fowl\ large game -- bears\ dall sheep\ moose\ traditions -- influnenced by|

Segment 09) Subsistence lifestyle is not sport hunting. In the Lower-48 states, hunting is hunting clubs and sport hunting, with restrictive hunting regulations due to limited resources. In Alaska, there is a subsistence priority for hunting. Subsistence has an economic value. Subsistence lifestyle means working individually, which has a value ("you are producing your own food"). Jack sits on the Western Interior Advisory Council to the Federal Subsistence Board to advocate for subsistence living and proper management of resources. He explains the value of subsistence, "For example in rural stores, it costs $5 to $18 dollars a pound for meat. If you kill a moose, that moose should be considered of similar value". In Wiseman, jobs are seasonal (and scarce), so subsistence is important.

subsistence lifestyle -- description of\ sport hunting -- comparison\ hunting clubs -- restrictive\ sport hunting -- restrictive\ Lower-48 -- limited resources\ Alaska -- subsistence priority\ subsistence -- value of\ individualistic\ Western Interior Advisory Council -- purpose of\ served on\ Federal Subsistence Board -- purpose of\ subsistence -- economic value\ reasons for|

Segment 10) The perception that wildlife is vast is falsely promoted by the media. The media shows animals in concentrated groups, which gives the perception there is a lot of wildlife. This is the Arctic. The further north you go, the less the density. Five square miles produce one moose in the northern regions. Caribou use one to three square miles throughout their migration range. Caribou are an aggregating species that migrate to specific areas. As such, the perception is that there are thousands of animals everywhere at once.

wildlife -- perception\ media -- influences of\ misperception -- wildlife\ arctic region -- limited resources\ moose -- population of\ caribou -- population of\ caribou -- description migratory\ aggregating|

Segment 11) In 1970, Rick Reakoff flew from Galena to give moose meat to Florence Jonas in mid-February. On that flight he saw lights from construction vehicles and traffic of the Hickel Highway. He immediately flew to Fairbanks and contacted a newspaper journalist. The journalist reported the oil companies who were building a winter haul road. This road was routed illegally into Coldfoot and into the Dietrich Valley. The oil companies built an illegal campsite at Dietrich Valley, leaving Catepillars (CATS) and other machinery. An injunction was filed against the construction of this winter haul road, which delayed the TAPS project and the Haul Road until 1973. The oil companies legally could use existing trails, but the route proposed was illegal since there were no existing trails. This illegal route did not coincide with the Hickel Highway. The mining district ends at Gold Creek, and north of Gold Creek there was no trail system. The oil companies also did not have permits for camps, and the construction crew hit a graveyard site at Coldfoot.

Haul Road -- story of\ Reakoff, Rick -- traveling\ moose meat -- delivery of\ Galena -- traveled from\ Wiseman -- traveled to\ Wiseman -- construction\ traffic\ Hickel Highway -- active\ newspaper -- reporting to\ newspaper article -- publication\ headline -- illegal highway\ Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) -- illegal construction\ winter haul road -- halting of\ injunction\ injunction -- reasons for\ route -- different from\ Hickel Highway\ route -- illegal\ permits -- none|

Segment 12) The Hickel Highway was approved by Walter Hickel. He wanted the proposed Haul Road to follow this same route. Instead, the oil companies proposed a different route. In February 1970, TAPS started the construction of a winter haul road. The State tried to locate winter trails to build the winter haul road. Crews constructing the new route were directed to build camps along the route to store machinery (for the Haul Road and pipeline). The winter haul road was held up in court since it started illegally, and quietly. The injunction brought the whole TAPS to a halt. Vice President Spiro Agnew cast the deciding vote for the proposed route, which is now the Haul Road and pipeline. TAPS also wanted to bury the pipeline. Environmentalists and consulting engineers wanted the pipeline elevated due to the frozen permafrost ground. In the spring of 1974, Alyeska, an entity of TAPS, began construction on the Haul Road. The Haul Road was surveyed following the TAPS route. The purpose of the Haul Road was to service the pipeline.

Hickel Highway -- story of\ Hickel, Walter -- Interior Secretary\ Hickel Highway -- purpose of\ \ Hickel Highway -- route\ route -- advocating for\ Haul Road -- proposed route\ route -- differences in\ winter trails -- upgrades\ winter haul road -- winter trails\ route -- proposed\ winter trails -- lack of\ camps -- illegal\ purpose of\ winter haul road -- injunction\ injunction -- lifted\ Agnew, Spiro -- U.S. Vice President\ Haul Road -- approval of\ TAPS -- pipeline\ pipeline -- burial of\ elevation of\ elevation -- benefits of\ Haul Road -- surveying\ route --TAPS\ Haul Road -- purpose of|

Segment 13) After the injunction was lifted in 1973, the proposed TAPS route was officially surveyed. The demeanor of the people in Wiseman was in opposition because of the previous illegal routing. The Wiseman community was concerned about changes to the country, litter, and impact to the game resources. Due to the North Slope Borough's concerns, the State closed the area to hunting without concern for subsistence hunters. Five miles around each side of the Haul Road were closed to hunting. Wiseman was affected by this since it is next to the Haul Road. The State also enacted firearm restrictions. The closure and regulations were ordered to deal with the thousands of construction workers that could impact the natural resources. The State re-opened hunting with bow and arrow in 1982, because of the firearm statute. Hunters can not hunt with firearms from the Yukon River to Prudhoe Bay within the five mile corridor from the Haul Road.

injunction -- lifted\ Haul Road -- route\ route -- surveyed\ approved\ Wiseman -- opposition to\ opposition -- reasons for\ Haul Road -- illegal routing\ community -- concerns\ North Slope Borough -- concerns\ hunting -- restrictions\ Haul Road -- regulations\ firearm -- new restrictions\ Wiseman -- impact of\ regulations -- reasons for\ bow and arrow -- permits|

Segment 14) Bow and arrow hunting is not a viable means for consistent harvesting. Wiseman community proposed firearm usage for the people in Wiseman. State regulations have hunting with bow and arrow only. In 1992, the federal government began managing subsistence in Alaska. Wiseman community requested firearm use for a reasonable harvest, or allow trapping and snaring of big game animals. The federal government now allows firearms with a special federal permit for harvesting animals. There was a 12-year period when people who relied on subsistence hunted illegally.

bow and arrow hunting -- not viable\ Wiseman -- firearm proposal\ proposal -- firearm usage\ federal government -- management of\ wildlife\ firearm usage -- request\ permits\ people -- relied on subsistence\ hunted illegally|

Segment 15) Jack works toward keeping all harvests within sustained yields. He sits on the Koyukuk River Advisory Committee, Western Interior Regional Council, and Subsistence Resource Commission, which deal with game management. Arctic populations are low density, so resources are constantly adjusting to seasons and sustainability. Sport management goes toward maximum sustained yields. Subsistence users do not push the animal population to the edge. Urban sport users are nomadic. If they shoot out an area, they will travel elsewhere. Jack has spent his time and money to protect wildlife and to allow harvesting that is sustainable.

harvests -- natural resources\ harvesting -- sustained yields\ Koyukuk River Advisory Committee\ Western Interior Regional Council\ Subsistence Resource Commission\ game management -- concerns with\ Arctic -- wildlife\ wildlife -- low density\ sport management -- negative impact\ subsistence management -- sustainable\ urban hunters -- opinion of\ subsistence hunters -- opinion of|

Segment 16) Game management is a political arena. Senate Bill 85 (Senator Ralph Seekins' bill) would open Wiseman area to all-terrain vehicle (ATV) usage. Wiseman residents are opposed. ATVs would negatively impact the terrain. This area is open country and permafrost land, not thick brush. Vehicles would melt the permafrost, creating mud holes. ATVs affect the land. Notice how the Alaska Range area, Denali Highway, and Copper River country have been scarred by ATV use.

game management -- political\ public agencies -- number of\ Senate Bill 85 -- description of\ removal of\ Senate Bill 85 -- opposition to\ Wiseman -- opposition to\ all-terrain vehicle (ATV) -- negative impact\ permafrost land -- Alaska\ common\ challenging\ permafrost -- melting of\ effects of\ permafrost -- stories\ Alaska Range area\ Denali Highway\ Copper River country|

Segment 17) The wolf control project is a response to over-harvesting the moose. You need 30 bulls to 100 cows. Game management shoots the moose down to a dozen bulls for 100 cows. Predator problems are due to the mismanagement of sport hunting. Wiseman is against all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use in the area because they want to maintain the wildlife populations and the natural terrain. This area is pristine. There are no scars from ATV vehicle use. We can utilize snow machines for subsistence hunting, cutting wood, and trapping. We cannot use a ground contact off-road vehicle (ORV). There is a misperception that subsistence users can use ATVs in this area. Using ATVs would be in violation of federal subsistence regulations. There is no ground contact ORV use for subsistence in this area. If we hunt big game, we pack it out by foot.

wolf control project -- reasons for\ ineffective\ wolf control project -- opinion of\ predator problems -- problems with\ reasons for\ sport hunting\ Wiseman -- opposition with\ all-terrain vehicle (ATV)\ ATV -- effects of\ Wiseman -- natural\ pristine\ unscarred\ ATV -- natural damages to\ subsistence users -- misperception\ ATVs usage -- in violation with\ federal subsistence regulations|

Segment 18) Subsistence is faceless (and colorless). In 1980, the United States Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) that provides subsistence for Native and non-Native rural residents on federal lands.

subsistence -- faceless\ colorless\ Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) -- passage of\ purpose of\ Wiseman -- ORVs\ ORVs -- opposition|

Segment 19) When the TAPS Bill was passed by the US Senate ( Vice-President Spiro Agnew cast the deciding vote over the Senate's 50-50 split) to have the pipeline and the road, the Wiseman community was angry. In June 1974, you could hear the chainsaws cutting the trees for the Haul Road route and later for the pipeline pad. You could see and hear the scrapers, Cats, and trucks hauling gravel from Wiseman.

TAPS Bill -- passage of\ pipeline -- haul road\ Wiseman community -- opposition\ haul road -- construction of\ date -- June 1974\ equipment -- scrappers\ Cats\ trucks -- hauling gravel from Wiseman|

Segment 20) When the oil companies started building the winter haul road, there were survey crews from TAPS that entered the Wiseman area and collected artifacts from the community. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) talked to TAPS about removing the artifacts from Wiseman. During the injunction that halted construction, the camps that were built had minimal activity. Helicopter activity continued at the Dietrich River camp. One Wiseman elder shot at a pilot who damaged his antennae. Due to the removal of the artifacts and helicopter pilots, Wiseman community was drawn as a red-zone, a no-fly zone area. TAPS workers were not allowed to enter Wiseman. The perception of Wiseman was that the community was hostile to oil and pipeline crews. The road is here, the pipeline is here. Wiseman is not hostile.

Haul Road -- background\ Haul Road -- construction\ crews -- type of\ survey\ pilots\ laborers\ survey crew -- story of\ Wiseman -- winter haul road\ survey crews -- TAPS\ survey crew -- theft\ artifacts -- stealing of\ Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- notification of\ TAPS\ helicopter -- traffic\ helicopters pilots -- rudeness of\ vandalism\ elder -- story\ helicopter -- shooting of\ Wiseman community -- red-zone\ no fly zone\ TAPS crews -- limited access to\ Wiseman\ Wiseman -- perception of\ Haul Road -- acceptance of\ Wiseman -- opinion of|

Segment 21) People were solemn when the Haul Road and pipeline were constructed. Jack's father saw it as the "beginning of the end." There are impacts from the Haul Road. Jack has tried to maintain sustainable harvests. Thirty two years later, the impacts are here. The dust on the roads thawed the terrain, resulting in more shrubbery and brush. There are negative impacts from traffic. A positive thing, the average person can afford to travel and see the various terrains along the Dalton Highway. Dalton Highway is linear north and south from Livengood to Prudhoe Bay (500 miles). People can drive through an arctic ecosystem, and see migratory birds and pristine terrain. There is an arctic research center located at Toolik Lake. The road facilitates access to see the northern region country. The average person would typically not have that opportunity. With tourism, Jack has become an interpretive specialist. He tells people about the area. This is a historic mining community. This place locks into the tourist's image of a frontier place. Jack meets visitors with preconceived ideas who depart with tears in their eyes, because people are still connected to nature.

Haul Road -- impression of\ Wiseman -- Haul Road\ Reakoff, Rick -- opinion of\ Haul road -- impact of\ impact -- negative\ description of\ Haul Road -- positive impact\ Dalton Highway -- description of\ Dalton Highway -- route\ opportunities with\ Dalton Highway -- arctic ecosystem\ migratory birds\ pristine terrain\ Toolik Lake Field Station -- description\ Dalton Highway -- benefits of\ travel -- public access\ tourism -- opportunity in\ Reakoff, Jack -- interpreter\ Wiseman -- historic mining community\ Wiseman -- frontier like\ natural\ real\ tourists -- preconceived ideas\ Wiseman -- affect of|

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Segment 22)
People have an emotional attachment to this area because they see a place where people can live off the land. The subsistence lifestyle is valued. Subsistence is not an exclusive use. These resources are away from the road system and are highly valuable. In rural areas, where it is $6 per gallon for gas and $5 - 20 dollars a pound for meat, the natural resources become very valuable. People could not afford to live without harvesting the resources. America is founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. People like to live the subsistence lifestyle, and not the 9-5 job. To make people live a certain way is unconstitutional.

people -- emotional attachment\ nostalgic\ subsistence lifestyle -- valued\ subsistence -- nonexclusive use\ urban areas -- cost comparison\ rural -- harvesting\ harvest -- necessity\ America -- founded on\ " life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness"\ subsistence lifestyle -- a choice|

Segment 23) The Coldfoot Truck Stop provides the truckers with, fuel and food services. Coldfoot is a different entity from Wiseman. Wiseman residents purchase fuel, get their mail, and work in Coldfoot. Wiseman's population is in decline. When Jack's family moved to Wiseman, the population was on the upswing. In the 1980s, gold and fur prices fell, while the cost of living increased and income decreased. Now, the population is down to thirteen. Wiseman is very expensive. Private land with a cabin from 1910 averages between $35,000 to $110,0000. Land is ten times higher for the same quality of land in Fairbanks. There are a very few people who want to live this close to nature without having the city infrastructure.

Coldfoot Truck Stop -- services\ trucking\ fuel\ repair\ food\ Coldfoot -- differences with\ comparison with\ Wiseman residents -- Coldfoot connection\ Wiseman -- population\ population -- decline\ population -- influenced by\ Wiseman -- cost of living\ expensive\ property -- expensive\ land -- expensive\ people -- expectations\ amenities\ nature|

Segment 24) Access to the Dalton Highway has brought the fuel prices down ($3.75/gallon). Whereas other rural communities pay $4 - 6 dollars per gallon. It is 285 miles from Fox to Wiseman. To shop in town makes for a three day trip: one-day drive to Fairbanks, one day in town to shop, and a one-day trip back to Wiseman. There are economic constraints when living in Wiseman.

Dalton Highway -- benefits of\ fuel -- prices\ rural communities -- higher cost of living\ shopping -- story of\ travel -- over 285 miles\ travel -- Wiseman to Fairbanks\ shopping trip -- duration\ shopping -- three days\ Wiseman -- economic constraints with|

Segment 24a) People who live in rural Alaska work seasonal jobs and that means no health insurance. Living this subsistence lifestyle is not easy. It requires a lot of hard work and committment. The population of people doing it is declining.

subsistence -- economics\ cash -- need for\ economics -- rural lifestyle\ expenses\ subsistence lifestyle -- requirements\ population -- declining\ allotments\ land -- use|

Segment 25) The winter season is brutal. People need excellent winter gear. There are very few services on the road from Fairbanks to Coldfoot, and no services in the winter. Winter temperatures in Wiseman can reach minus 65 degrees. In the summer time, there is a high density of mosquitoes, and low density of bears. Bears have a reputation from the media as being dangerous, even though 100,000 people encounter bears with few incidents. Jack recalls a story of a lady hitch-hiking on the Dalton Highway; he thought she should be more concerned with humans than with bears. The mosquitoes are annoying, but not dangerous. Jack hit 77 mosquitoes with one hit on his arm by the Yukon River. Along the coastal plain, there are more mosquitoes.

Dalton Highway -- seasonally\ winter season -- challenges with\ weather conditions -- extreme\ winter -- gear\ services -- minimal\ summer season -- mosquitoes\ bears -- reputation\ media -- influence of\ story -- hitchhiker\ Dalton Highway -- hitchhiking\ humans -- concerns with\ dangerous\ Wiseman -- benefits of\ insects -- none\ poisonous plants -- minimal\ mosquitoes -- swatting of\ story -- mosquitoes count\ 77 mosquitoes -- arm|

Segment 26) Caribou generally migrate in long lines. The Western Brooks Range Porcupine Caribou Herd will calf on the coastal plain. Bugs are so bad that they group together. Over 120,000 will pack together due to the insect harassment. The cows will lead the migrations to find resources, and hundreds follow in a specific direction. Caribou are migratory and nomadic. Annual variances affect their migrations (food, forest fires, temperature, winds). Elders predicted the area would not have caribou for 20 to 30 years and then they would return for 20 to 30 years. From 1972 to 1997, there were no caribou in the Middle Fork Valley of the Koyukuk River. The elders were right.

caribou -- migration patterns\ Western Brooks Range Porcupine Caribou -- herd name\ coastal plane -- calving\ mosquitoes -- annoyance\ black flies -- annoyance\ caribou -- aggregation of\ caribou -- number of\ cow -- leads the migrations\ caribou -- nomadic\ variances -- annual\ variance -- affect on migrations (food, forest fires, temperature, winds)\ elders -- prediction of\ prediction -- accurate\ caribou -- disappearance of|

Segment 27) Caribou do not like traffic along the Haul Road, especially in the upper drainage area along Chandalar Shelf and Atigun Pass. They use routes that are historical migration routes. When the caribou herd traveled off the shelf and toward the Dietrich Creek bottom, they encountered the Haul Road. In 1991, the Central Arctic Herd tried to follow their historic migratory route, and reached the creek bottom where there was traffic on the Haul Road. They could not cross the road because they did not like the traffic or the headlights. The caribou tried to figure a different route. When caribou are confined, they feel trapped. The Central Herd changed their route and traveled east toward the Middle Fork of the Chandalar River. A few Western herds did not like the Haul Road. In 1998, the Western Herd was startled by the headlights. The herd would not cross the road for three months. The perception is that the road does not bother the caribou, though it has.

caribou -- characteristics\ caribou -- historical migration routes\ caribou herd -- story of\ Haul Road -- influence\ location -- Dietrich Creek\ traffic -- effects of\ Haul Road -- dislike in\ Haul Road -- interference with\ migratory route\ Haul Road -- perception with\ harmless\ Central Herd -- affected by\ Western Herd -- affected by\ traffic -- headlights\ Western Herd -- immobile\ Haul Road -- perception\ perception -- minimal impact to herd|

Segment 28) Sheep use the road for defense from the wolves. Bears and wolves are afraid of the road. Moose and sheep use the road as an offense. Now many moose and calf stay near the road. Predators do not like the road. The road has various effects on wildlife.

wildlife -- adaptation to\ Haul Road -- influences\ wildlife usage\ sheep -- a defensive tool\ bears -- afraid of\ wolves -- afraid of\ Haul Road -- an offensive tool\ sheep\ moose\ predators -- preferences in\ Haul Road -- various effects on wildlife|

Segment 29) Jack met his wife, Kristin, in Coldfoot in the summer of 2005 and she moved to Wiseman in the winter of 2006. They got married on June 21, 2006 in the Wiseman Chapel. She has worked at the Visitor Center in Coldfoot, for Northern Alaska Tour Company, and at the Coldfoot Post Office. They will do winter tour groups together. Kristin has been adapting to subsistence living, hunting and eating wild meat, which is a new lifestyle for her.

Reakoff, Kristin -- wife\ wife -- meeting of\ Coldfoot\ marriage -- location\ Wiseman Chapel\ Kristin -- employment location\ worked with\ subsistence lifestyle -- new experience\ Wiseman --- relocation to|

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