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discovery in the camp outhouse. He found it occupied by a porcupine. "We still don't know how it got there, miles from the nearest forest," Dr. Miller said. "The next morning it was gone." I flew back to Juneau on the next mail running helicopter. Before we left the area, Alaska's Senator Ernest Gruening, Dr. Miller, and I scouted the superb Taku River country by bush plane. The Senator wanted Dr. Mil ler's opinion on a proposed route for a road from Juneau to the Canadian highways. We flew low up the valley, surprising moose grazing in the flats, over lakes stair-stepped in the flanks of the mountains. We circled the Devils Paw, a rocky column jutting 4,000 feet above the icefield. Pilot Ken Loken treated us to a symphony of wild scenery. Senator Gruening, Alaska's former Gov ernor, knows and loves the wilderness.* He's walked or flown over most of it. "Mr. Garrett," he said, "this piece of coun try we're looking at is one of the Nation's most valuable resources. With our population expanding and its leisure time increasing, the need for outdoor recreation will triple during the next 30 years. And here, in this new state with only one percent of America's people, are two-thirds of her public domain, one-third of her national park lands, and one-fifth of her total forest acreage. The pressure of civiliza tion will drive men to the wilderness we offer." Salmon Run in Icy Strait We found old friends of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC in Juneau: Amos Burg and his wife Carolyn. Amos, who has written 9 arti cles for the GEOGRAPHIC, is now with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He told us that despite a general depletion of salmon in past years, there was a record run then going on in Icy Strait. He arranged for me to join a commercial fishing boat. *The Senator wrote of his state in NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC: "Alaska Proudly Joins the Union," July, 1959, and "Lonely Wonders of Katmai," June, 1963.