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Lynden Air Cargo flies wood bison to new home in Alaska

Posted on Thu, Apr 02, 2015

Lynden Air Cargo, Alaska West Express and Alaska Marine Lines were part of a major wildlife conservation project to relocate 100 wood bison from Girdwood, AK to remote Shageluk, AK in late March. Alaska Marine Lines donated containers that were retrofitted into 'bison boxes' to hold seven animals each. The animals were trucked from Portage to Anchorage for loading into Lynden Air Cargo's Hercules aircraft and the one-hour flight to their new home near Shageluk. The animals were nearly extinct at one point and have not lived in the Shageluk area in almost a century.

Wood Bison Shageluk, AK

Photo credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Doug Lindstrand

Lynden companies donated containers, employees, equipment and discounted the flights to help the effort. "Wood bison are the largest land animal in North America, and it took Lynden's Hercules aircraft, capable of landing on the short gravel runway at Shageluk, to transport them," says Jim Davis, Lynden Air Cargo Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "We have always been a niche operator, but this move made our top 10 list of unusual moves. We are proud to support this uniquely Alaskan effort."

Wood Bison - Lynden Air Cargo

Photo credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Doug Lindstrand

Lynden's commitment included Loadmaster Ike McGowan accompanying the animals on the flights and Director of Cargo Operations Jerry Stout loading the animals into the bison boxes at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, AK. Alaska West Express Driver Doug Scott transported the containers to the back of the Hercules for loading in Anchorage. "It was a huge undertaking. The animals were brought in from the pens, then radio-collared, vaccinated and shuttled through a chute into the containers," Stout explains. "We moved 100 animals with no incidents. All of them are alive and doing well."

"It's been a privilege to work with the Lynden crew. They have been great partners, and we appreciate their support in bringing wood bison back to Alaska's wild," says Cathie Harms, Regional Program Manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Tags: Community Service, Hercules, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Lynden Air Cargo, Green Lynden, Unique freight, Alaska, Wildlife

A lofty spot for a trip to Skagway

Posted on Wed, Jun 27, 2012

Something old and something new is an apt description for this newly constructed parlor car perched atop Alaska Marine Lines’ containers in the Seattle yard. The cars are new but built to look like the vintage 1890s rolling stock original to the railroad when it began carrying miners from Skagway to the Klondike gold fields. It is one of three that Alaska Marine Lines barged from the Seattle dock to Skagway this spring to be used on the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.  According to Susan Ashton, Alaska Marine Lines Account Manager in Juneau, the cars routinely make an appearance on Alaska Marine Lines barges. “These were newly built at Hamilton Manufacturing in Sedro Woolley, WA for the railroad. The White Pass Railroad also sends the older parlor cars to Hamilton for refurbishing. We have been handling the careful transport of the cars from Alaska to Washington and back for many years now.”A newly constructed parlor car perched atop Alaska Marine Lines’ containers

Tags: Alaska Marine Lines, Unique freight, Shipping to Alaska

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