Welcome to the WISE Blog! For many years, WISE has enjoyed generous column space in our local newspaper, the Copper River Record. The original intent was to share news of WISE programs, but given plenty of space and the very open-minded editorial style of the publication, we have not stayed on topic very well. The late Bruce James, WISE Executive Director from 2009 to 2012, started off sharing his love of wildlife and his wilderness adventures, such as morel hunting and blueberry picking. WISE founder and then board president Janelle Eklund took the column in 2013, sharing her knowledge of plants, journals of diverse travels, and many other topics.
I started chiming in with columns somewhere in there, starting with an armchair hiking series with descriptions of local trails. From there I've branched in a whole lot of directions, enjoying the chance to stretch my writing muscles a little, and the discipline that is encouraged by a weekly deadline. That is not to say I've met every weekly deadline! Matt is a tolerant and generous editor, who always seems to find space when we need it, and fill the blanks with something else when we are too busy or distracted to write.
Janelle wants to make her columns into a book someday, so this is the start. Readers complete our circle, and I'm always delighted by the positive feedback that comes from the community. Please let us know what you'd like to hear about, and we will try to oblige!
Robin Mayo, Executive Director September 13, 2018
Who We Are
WISEfriends are several writers connected with Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment, a nonprofit organization located in Alaska's Copper River Valley. Most of these articles originally appeared in our local newspaper, the Copper River Record.