Thursday, June 9th, 2011
The Last Frontier


Feels like I have been spending more time in the air then on the ground lately. Anyway, this aerial shot of the agricultural landscape and the wetlands near Point MacKenzie in the Mat-Su Valley shows the dichotomy between the human-altered and natural landscape. In the 1970s and 1980s the state of Alaska invested millions of dollars to develop a large-scale agricultural industry, in Delta Junction (the Delta Barley Project) and around Point MacKenzie (the Point MacKenzie Dairy). The projects did not accomplish their original goals for a number of economic and political reasons. Not to speak of ecological reasons, as in this case a network of freshwater ecosystems such as rivers, ponds, lakes and wetlands stood in the way and made further encroachments on the wild landscape virtually impossible.


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