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"The Last Alaskans" is a reality docu-series that airs on Discovery Channel. The first season originally aired on Animal Planet.

In 1980, the US government banned new human occupation in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, a protected area home to thousands of native animals and pristine terrain spanning roughly the size of South Carolina. Currently, only a handful of families spread across seven permitted cabins are allowed to remain in the refuge. Within less than 100 years, all remaining permits will reach expiration, and there will be no human presence left. This series documents the lives of some of the most isolated people in America — the last of their kind — as they struggle and thrive in Alaska's untouched wilderness located hundreds of miles from roads, civilization and each other.

This series chronicles the daily rituals of four families choosing to live in seclusion, vast distances from each other as they overcome harsh arctic conditions, frustrating setbacks, and aggressive wildlife while they survive in one of the last great unspoiled and unforgiving wildernesses on the planet. In the refuge, prop planes, canoes and dog sleds replace the modern luxuries that most people take for granted. Humans cohabit with the animal world and often share the same emotions and struggles while they discover that they are not necessary at the top of the food chain. Utilizing an authentic and organic approach to document the weeks leading up to and during the winter season, this series sets a distinctive and vibrant tone unlike any other docu-series before to completely immerse the viewer into a world that would otherwise be lost in history. Complete with stunning aerial shots via drones and a pace that honestly depicts the lives of nonconformists who choose to live off the land and off the grid, the eight-episode series provides viewers with an unbiased look and deep exploration into the unique perspectives of America's last frontiersmen and their loved ones.

Season 2

This season, "The Last Alaskans" are joined by extended family members, with some members traveling to the refuge by boat for the first time in twenty years. Bob Harte and his daughter, Talicia, embark on a dangerous river journey from Fairbanks to the cabin where she was raised decades ago. Heimo Korth breaks ground on a new cabin with wife Edna, his daughters and grandchildren. The Lewis family journey back to their old homestead, navigating upriver through Alaska's interior on a house boat constructed over the past decade by patriarch Ray. Tyler and Ashley Selden continue to gain experience in the wilderness and contemplate adding a new member to their family. And 19-year-old Charlie Jagow, who was born in the refuge and remains one of the youngest permit-holders there, returns to build his first cabin.

"The Last Alaskans" is produced by Half Yard Productions. John Jones, Abby Greensfelder, and Sean Gallagher are the executive producers, John Collin is the supervising producer, Jared McGilliard is the showrunner and co-executive producer, and James Campbell is the co-executive producer for Half Yard Productions. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is the executive producer, and Sarah Russell is the associate producer. The series was developed by Animal Planet's Kurt Tondorf.


Network: Discovery Channel
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: May 25, 2015
Seasons: 2
Production Company: Half Yard Productions

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