In the spring of 2010, AWRTA members Brigid and Harry Dodge of Kodiak Treks were contacted by photographer Kim Hubbard and free lance journalist Ted O’Callahan about a trip to Kodiak Island. The couple arranged a June stay and spent three days with the Dodges at their Uyak Bay camp. This visit resulted in the following news article, which was featured in the travel section of the New York Times in May of 2011:
Brigid eventually discovered it was through the Adventure Green Alaska (AGA) certification program that Ted found Kodiak Treks: searching online for ’sustainable travel,’ Ted came across the Adventure Green Alaska website and then Kodiak Treks, a gold-level certified business.
According to Brigid, the well researched article does a great job of capturing Kodiak Treks’ commitment to a minimal-impact approach to bear and wildlife-viewing. She feels it also lets readers know there are viable alternatives to larger, more commercial tourism programs in Alaska.
The article resulted in thousands of hits to the Kodiak Treks website in the first week alone–proof that the public’s appreciation for responsible travel programs remains strong. AGA, which was created by AWRTA, is aimed at assisting both travelers who wish to identify quality Alaska travel experiences and businesses who want to enhance their sustainable practices well into the future.
For more information about AGA, go to www.adventuregreenalaska.org.