October 2014

About Mike Downs

When my cousin, Mike Downs, died in August 2009, he left most of his estate to various charities. His bequest to Great Land Trust came in the form of a sixty-two acre parcel in Wasilla that includes several thousand feet along the Little Su River, an important salmon spawning area. Mike and his mother (my aunt Barbara Mickey) first arrived in Alaska in 1959, lured by the adventure of driving the Al-Can. They lived many More

Our Neighbor Dale and his Sandhill Cranes

The Trapper Creek property is an 80-acre parcel located in the Susitna Valley. Trapper Creek flows through a portion and the wetlands and barley fields attract hundreds of Sandhill cranes yearly. Dale Saunders, a friend of the Trust, passed away in June of 2003, willing this beautiful property to the Great Land Trust. The Trust is working on a management plan for the property to ensure that Dale’s cranes can be enjoyed for many years More

Preserving Our Homestead on Dandy Lake

We found the property by accident in 1971. An ad in the paper offered a plane ride to view a 120-acre parcel of land outside Palmer. We’d been in Alaska five weeks to teach at a local elementary school and had just begun exploring the area. We thought a plane ride sounded like fun so called the realtor and made arrangements to meet him. On a sunny fall day we got an amazing view of More

Harbeson Homestead Joins the Great Land Trust Effort

The following was submitted to GLT by George Harbeson when asked to write an article for our newsletter about conserving their homestead: George Harbeson (Sr.) of Marcella, filled with the pioneer spirit of adventure, plans to leave his present home, towards the end of August, and with his family start off on a 5,000-mile trip by car to Wasilla, Alaska. He hopes to complete the trip in seventeen days… So began our family’s fifty-nine year More