THE LAST ALASKANS

The Last Alaskans

Follow some of the last Alaskans allowed to live within the 19 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - one of the most remote places in the country.

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 unspoiled terrain. 

Currently, only a handful of families spread among 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. With over 19 million acres of pristine and primal arctic wilderness, extreme conditions, and miles away from native communities, this is where these few people call home. In the refuge, prop planes, canoes and dog sleds replace the modern luxuries that most people take for granted, and humans cohabit with the animal world.

This series, Tyler and Ashley Selden and Charlie Jagow finally commit to a life among North America’s most isolated, modern day pioneers, while Tyler and Ashley face another surprise this series – welcoming their first child.

Both generations must learn how to survive a winter with much lighter snowfall than past years; without solid snow fall, the dog sleds and snow machines they use as transport are of no use and while wolf packs move closer to the cabins, venturing out on foot to lay traps is all the more perilous. With pressure on their livelihood like never before, will The Last Alaskans overcome the tribulations that lie ahead this winter?