Chugach State Park

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we are taking a deep dive into the history, planning, and development of Chugach State Park. Chugach State Park is the third-largest state park in the United States, but it is considered the largest urban park in the world because the park is contained entirely within the border of the Anchorage municipality. From the first people to arrive in the Anchorage area to managing and protecting an area that is being “loved to death,” our guests will tell the story of Alaska’s most popular park.

HOST: Lisa Keller

GUESTS:

Segment 1: 

  • Ben Corwin, Chugach State Park Chief Ranger
  • Ryan Yelle, Chugach State Park Advisory Board Chairman
  • Monica Alvarez, Head Planner for the Chugach State Park Management Plan with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources

LINKS:

BROADCAST: Thursday, February 25th, 2021. 10-11 a.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, February 25th, 2021. 8–9 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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