9:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Last Alaskans' Renewed at Discovery Channel (Exclusive)
Discovery Channel has renewed The Last Alaskans, its docuseries about a group of "modern-day pioneers" who live in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The refuge is the largest protected wilderness in the U.S., and in 1980 the U.S. government banned new human occupation there, leaving only seven permits for families and trappers. This season they face obstacles brought on by the unforgiving environment, including rising predator competition and the aftermath of forest fires, as well as the challenges of trying to raise small children in this world and even battling life-threatening illnesses.
This season will spotlight:
— Bob Harte, who has lived in the Alaskan Wilderness for 40 years but now, due to the return of his cancer, must move away from the refuge and into town with his daughter and granddaughter. This season will follow Bob's battle to the end and to get the chance to say goodbye.
— Heimo and Edna Korth, whose daughter Krin and her family will attempt to survive a winter in the refuge. Heimo has raised all three of his daughters here, and he hopes for Krin to continue the tradition he and Edna have built over the decades. Heimo will do all he can to pass on the torch of survival to Krin, her husband Scott and their young son Colby, but it will come down to the success of their hunting and trapping season to convince her.
— Tyler and Ashley Selden, who bring their baby girl Sidney into the refuge. With a new and dependent member, the Seldens look to improve their property and try to turn it into a functioning homestead that can support a family, but they face the challenge of balancing the demands of being parents as well as providers for their newest member.
— Charlie Jagow, who faces one of his toughest challenges this season in the aftermath of the summer fires. He assesses the damage from a bird's-eye view, which reveals miles of black forest. Charlie now must re-establish 40 years' worth of family traplines, which could potentially take two decades to rebuild. It's an impossible task, but with the help of maps and instructions Bob left behind, Charlie will follow in Bob's footsteps and look to come out on top this trapping season.
The Last Alaskans premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, on Discovery Channel. Watch a clip from the new season below.
The series is produced for Discovery by Half Yard Productions, a Red Arrow Studios Company. For Half Yard, executive producers are Abby Greensfelder, Sean Gallagher and John Jones. For Discovery, executive producers are Joseph Schneier and Michael Gara, and the associate producer is Emily Baustien.