The Bush (Alaska)

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In Alaska, the bush is any region of the State not connected to the North American road network[1] or ready access to the State's Ferry System. A majority of Alaska's native populations live in the bush, where they make their living in similar fashion to their ancestors.[2][3]

Geographically, the bush comprises the Alaska North Slope; Northwest Arctic; West, including the Baldwin Peninsula and Seward Peninsula; the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta; Southwest Alaska; Bristol Bay; Alaska Peninsula; and remote areas of the Alaska Panhandle and Interior.

Some of the larger communities in the bush include Bethel,[2] Dillingham,[2] King Salmon,[2] Nome,[1][2] Barrow,[1][2] Katmai National Park,[1] Kodiak Island,[1] Kotzebue,[2] and Unalaska-Dutch Harbor.[2]

Most parts of Alaska that are off the road system can only be reached by a small bush airplane.[4] Travel from place to place is typically accomplished by snowmobile, snow machine, boat, or dog sled.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Wohlforth, Charles P. (2007). Alaska for Dummies (3rd ed.). For Dummies. p. 364. ISBN 978-0-471-94555-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i DeVaughn, Melissa (2008). The Unofficial Guide to Adventure Travel in Alaska (2nd ed.). John Wiley and Sons. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-470-22899-9. 
  3. ^ Wohlforth, Charles P. (2007). Frommer's Alaska 2008. Frommer's. p. 434. ISBN 978-0-470-15288-1. 
  4. ^ Wohlforth, Charles P. (2007). Alaska for Dummies (3rd ed.). For Dummies. p. 365. ISBN 978-0-471-94555-0.