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The Setting

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Southeast Alaska, with Glacier Bay National Park in white, Tongass National Forest in green, and Cross Sound – the location of the Inian Islands and Hobbit Hole — shown by a star.

The Hobbit Hole is surrounded by an unbelievably rich ecosystem of pristine temperate rainforest and Pacific inlets and fjords.  Perched between world-famous Glacier Bay National Park and the nation’s largest National Forest, the Tongass, the Hobbit Hole is in the midst of the largest contiguous stretch of protected land on the planet.

The Hobbit Hole sits on a natural harbor of the Inian Islands, which are designated Wilderness, the highest level of protection that can be bestowed on our public lands.  The Inian archipelago lies in the middle of Cross Sound, the northernmost waterway connecting the open Gulf of Alaska with the protected nursery waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage, stretching 1000 miles south to Washington State.  This makes Cross Sound a major migration route for untold thousands of creatures: its frigid waters are teeming with humpback whales, diverse seabirds, and all five species of Pacific Salmon on their way to their natal streams.

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Aerial View of the Inian Islands, with Brady Icefield visible in the distance, and the protected harbor of the Hobbit Hole shown at center.

It’s a short hike or paddle to access a phenomenal diversity of ecosystems, from Pacific fjords to thriving kelp forests, from old-growth temperate rainforest to cool riparian zones, from tidal mudflats to the 15,000 foot peaks of the Fairweather Range.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. larry thompson #

    Where is Joe Sergent?

    March 4, 2015

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