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Steep Creek Salmon Cam in Juneau, Alaska

A live, underwater view of Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska.

Viewing times:
Start: 8:30am ET/6:30am MT/4:30am Alaska Time
End: 1:30am ET/11:30pm MT/9:30pm Alaska Time

At night there is not enough natural light for the video camera. Sockeye salmon will likely move into camera’s view around mid-July. From mid-July through the end of August, the Sockeye salmon enter the creek to dig redds (nests), find mates and spawn.

Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden (similar to Bull trout) are also in the creek system. Dolly Varden consume any eggs that don't make it into the redd. You can also see Coho salmon fry from time to time.

Adult Sockeye in Steep Creek average 24" in length. Dolly Varden tend to be smaller, around 12-18" in length. Despite appearances, the creek is only about 18" deep near the camera.\

Brought to you by the Tongass National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.

Crooked Creek Information Site, Valdez, Alaska

A live, underwater view of Crooked Creek in Valdez, Alaska.

Viewing times:
Start: 8:30am ET/6:30am MT/4:30am Alaska Time
End: 1:30am ET/11:30pm MT/9:30pm Alaska Time

Nestled at the head of Valdez Arm, the Crooked Creek Information Site is poised between the marine world of Prince William Sound and the forests of the mainland.

Pink and chum salmon will return to spawn each year around mid-July. From then until the end of August the pink and chum will enter the stream to dig their redds (nests), find mates and spawn. Coho salmon will make their way into the creek in mid-August and are present through October.

Pink salmon are also known as humpback because of the distinctive hump formed by the males on their backs during spawning. They average 20 to 25 inches in length and become dark on the back and red with brownish green splotches on their sides while spawning.

Chum salmon are the second largest salmon species with an average weight of 8 to 15 pounds. They develop a distinct tiger stripe pattern of bold red and black stripes. They are also known as dog salmon due to the enormous canine like fangs that the males develop during spawning.

Coho salmon average 24 to 30 inches in length and become dark with reddish-maroon coloration on their sides during spawning. They are also called silver salmon because of their bright coloration in saltwater.

The small creek harbors a waterfall and a clear water stream that is about 8" deep near the camera. Occasionally, black bears can be observed feasting on the returning fish. Across the Richardson Highway, the intertidal wetlands of the Valdez "Duck Flats" provide staging habitat for a variety of migrating birds and provide nesting habitat for ducks and geese.


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Let's Go Outside! 

This video is meant to inspire parents and kids alike to get outside and have fun playing; all while helping their mind and body at the same time. This video was made to try and improve the general health of children and bring families together in the natural world.

2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Trailer

Every year the Forest Service plays an integral role in providing the “People’s Tree,” named such because it comes from public land and the tree’s annual trip is supported by many local communities along the way. The cost of moving the tree, providing ornaments and hosting various events is covered by a nonprofit organization dedicated to the event. Forest Service employees provide support as part of their duties. This year, the Forest Service partnered with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Choose Outdoors to make this hugely coordinated effort a success.

Forest Service gets to the heart of wildland firefighters

It takes a certain type of person to fight wildfires. It’s not what they look like. Or sound like. It’s not their heritage or their culture. It’s their heart. A seven-minute U.S. Forest Service recruitment video, “The Heart of a Firefighter,” takes viewers as close to being as firefighter as possible through a small screen.

The video opens with the crackling sound of fire then, slowly, the sound of a heartbeat intermixes with sounds of thunder, firefighters talking to each other over radios and, increasingly, the sound of tribal vocals and drumming mixed with the electronic music created by A Tribe Called Red. Intermixed are wildland firefighters describing their jobs and their emotional connection to the work that they do.

Chief Tom Tidwell on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

The Forest Service is actively participating in Wilderness50 - the national coalition of government agencies, organizations, and tribal and citizen groups working to commemorate 50 years of wilderness. Wilderness50 is planning a variety of projects and events and also developing resources to assist implementation of local activities throughout the country. The Wilderness50 national theme is "YOURS ... To Enjoy ... To Protect"

Puff and Fluff the owls return home

Puff and Fluff, the baby owls that Forest Service firefighters saved during the Carstens Fire in June 2013, are finally home. Terri Williams of the Fresno Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Servicereleased the Western Screech-Owls on July 24 near where they were found the month before in a downed tree in the Sierra National Forest.

Chips the Baby Bobcat

During the Chips Fire on the Plumas National Forest, a baby bobcat was orphaned. While the Forest Service restored the forest, the bobcat, then known as Chips, recovered at a wild animal rehabilitation facility. Recently, Chips was returned to the wild.

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