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The Steese National Conservation Area in Alaska encompasses 1.2 million acres of public land about 100 miles northeast of Fairbanks. Created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, the Steese NCA’s special values include Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River, crucial caribou calving grounds and home range, and Dall sheep habitat. While various land uses are allowed in the Steese NCA, the area is managed so that its scenic, scientific, cultural and other resources are protected.

The Steese NCA is split into the North and South Units, located on either side of the Steese Highway. The popular Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail skirts the edge of the North Unit.

Popular activities in the summer include hiking and backpacking, hunting and wildlife viewing, bird-watching, watching the midnight sun, canoeing and rafting, fishing, and rock climbing. Most rock-climbing occurs on Mount Prindle, located within the Mount Prindle Research Natural Area. 

In winter the Steese NCA provides solitude and untouched scenery to those intrepid travelers who explore it by ski, snowshoe, dog-sled, or snowmobile. Sled dog racers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race traverse the western corner of the South Unit each February.”

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Photo: Craig McCaa, BLM-Alaska

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPheretothere

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to capture creative photos and videos that explore the ways we get from place to place. Some tips to get you started:

  • This project is all about going places, so don’t be afraid to go somewhere new! Ride a bus you’ve never taken before, hop on a ferry or borrow a bicycle.
  • Transportation lends itself well to video. As starting points, try focusing on details likes motors or propellers or filming your surroundings as you move through them to create a sense of place. Think about all the ways you can tell the story of your trip.
  • If you’re interested in taking photos of people, try introducing yourself to your driver or fellow passengers and sharing portraits with their stories.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPheretothere hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any tagged image or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday morning.


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