Member of Alaska's business community weigh in on their perspectives for the coming year.
It’s that one log. From that one tree. Slice it open and it cuts like butter. Straight grain, pointed right to the sky, and an even texture from the honey and gray skin to the heart of the trunk that says, “We are going to make beautiful music together.”
Of the twenty-eight hatcheries operating in Alaska, two are operated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: the Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Fairbanks and the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage.
The Southeastern community of Haines was once known as the strawberry capital of Alaska. In the 1900s, Charlie Anway’s prolific red berries were shipped throughout the state—his largest berry measuring seven inches in circumference. During the harvesting season for more than two decades, Anway hired up to twenty pickers and grossed more than $700 a day.
Alaska’s timber industry varies greatly by region within the state and there is great potential for growth of the industry. There are roughly 126 million forested acres in Alaska, but only about 14 million acres support fast-growing commercial timber.
Alaska is one-fifth the size of the rest of the United States, with more coastline than all other states combined. This state contains immense natural resources, including minerals and offshore resources like oil and gas and seafood.
Dr. William Campbell watched Zoi Maroudas growing up working in her family’s Anchorage restaurant. These days, he’s watching with interest as she creates her own business out of giving baby food a nutritious and delicious makeover.
Alaska’s seafood processing industry is holding a steady course as 2015 winds down. Recognition of the industry has been growing over the last decade as economic analyses reflect a more inclusive view, counting both direct and indirect fiscal impacts.