President Obama's Trip to Alaska
Here's Why He Traveled to Alaska
President Obama traveled to Alaska to shine a spotlight on what Alaskans in particular have come to know: Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face, it is being driven by human activity, and it is disrupting Americans’ lives right now.
During the visit, the President shared his experience with people around the country first-hand. See highlights from the trip below.
Highlights from the Trip
President Obama did an Instagram takeover on @WhiteHouse during the trip. Follow along:
The Administration announces a collaboration to use high-resolution satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe to produce Digital Elevation Models of Alaska and the Arctic. See the blog post.
OSTP Director John Holdren reflects on the two days he and other senior OSTP officials spent traveling in Alaska this past weekend. See his blog post.
Timeline of Major Moments in Alaska's History
The second migration across the Bering Land Bridge brought the Na-Dene and Eskimo-Aleut. They arrived in Alaska about 12,000 BP and moved through the north to populate Alaska and Canada.
The most recent ice age ended and sea levels rose to cover the Bering Land Bridge, isolating the American populations.
Obsidian artifacts dating from 4,000-1,000 years before present have provided concrete evidence of transcontinental interaction between Siberia and Alaska.
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Protecting our lands and wildlife was one of the chief concerns of President "Teddy" Roosevelt. Know as our "Conservationist President" Roosevelt used his authority to protect wildlife and public lands by creating the U.S. Forest Service and establishing 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 4 National Game Preserves, 150 National Forests, including the Tongass and the Chugach in Alaska.
He eventually enabled the 1906 American Antiquities Act, which gave the president authority to restrict the use of particular public lands in America. It gave the president the power to protect "historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest" on federal land by designations.