Updates from the rainforest

Okay, so here’s the latest from southeast Alaska… fall is in full swing, which means a lot of dark, rainy, and windy weather.  Helicopter work has gradually come to a halt as people take time off for vacations and other projects, and of course, we couldn’t fly much anyway because of the weather.

The summer went by pretty fast, especially considering how slow it was compared to 2010.  As a program we flew roughly 50% of what we did last year.  The decrease was primarily due to budget cuts, but also a bit due to the weather.  It was a pretty wet and unfavorable summer, especially in July and August.

My winter is still a bit up in the air as far as plans go… I’ve managed to scrounge up some extra work here and there, so it looks like I’ll be in southeast until mid-December before I head south for a short break.

And that’s all that’s fit to print for now.  More later, I promise!  In the meantime, check out my photo gallery at the top of the page.

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About Justin Vernon

Fire and Aviation Specialist (aka jack of all trades) for the US Forest Service, based in Boise, Idaho. I'm also an amateur photographer, wanna-be writer, tech aficionado, and a classic introvert who values quiet time as much as I do the mountains and people of the Pacific Northwest. All opinions voiced are mine alone and do not represent those of the US Forest Service.
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