ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management Alaska is partnering with Northern Light Media to host a live Twitter chat (#blmiditachat) on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. AKST (1 to 3 p.m EST).
The twitter chat is a unique opportunity to ask participating mushers and historians’ questions about the Iditarod and its history and traditions. This year’s focus is on women mushers and involves current Iditarod race contenders and veterans. The twitter chat is open to the public with a focus on students and teachers who will be participating from their classrooms nationwide.
To join the conversation in the live tweet chat on Jan. 28, visit www.twitter.com/BLMAlaska and use hashtag #blmiditachat. Questions can be submitted in advance by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or as direct messages on Twitter to @BLMAlaska. Following the two-hour event, BLM Alaska will post the conversation on its website with highlights on Facebook.
Mushers participating include 2015 Iditarod race contenders Aliy Zirkle, Lisbet Skogan Norris, Jodi Bailey, Dan Kaduce, and rookie Heidi Sutter. Participating veteran Iditarod race mushers include Karin Hendrickson, Liz Parrish, and Alan Peck.
“Our goal is to introduce the history and culture of women mushers, create awareness of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and mushing on public lands, and provide an educational opportunity for classrooms nationwide to learn about Alaska’s environment and activities outdoors,” says BLM Alaska State Director Bud Cribley.
For more information about the tweet chat, visit www.blm.gov/ak/blmiditichat
The BLM serves as the administrator for the Iditarod National Historic Trail and hosts the finish to the Anchorage Iditarod ceremonial start at BLM’s Campbell Tract in Anchorage.
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