Sarah Crawford Isto - Alaskan author
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To friends and website visitors.

I am happy to announce that my book, The Fur Farms of Alaska: Two Centuries of History and a Forgotten Stampede has been released by the University of Alaska Press.

The research for it was inspired by essays written by my Uncle Jule Loftus, who appeared in Good Company. The new book follows the history of Alaska fur farming through many ups and downs from Russian times to the end of the 20th century. It is a tale full of political ironies, unrealistic hopes, and impressive innovations. Alaskan farmers raised at least nine species of furbearer, some invasive. They rode the roller coaster of fashions, wars, depressions, land laws, conservation efforts, and poaching.

I hope you enjoy the read.

Sarah Isto