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Anchorage, AK
Alaska

750 West 2nd Ave. #205
Anchorage, AK 99501

Main: 907.277.6722
Fax: 907.277.6723
Email: akro@npca.org

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In the 1800s, Glacier National Park had 150 active glaciers. Today, because of climate change, there are only 25.

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Drawing the Line:  Stopping Alaska’s War on Wolves and Bears

A significant issue threatening wilderness integrity and wildlife – particularly bears and wolves –are the state of Alaska’s hunting regulations, which apply to 19 million acres of national preserve lands, where sport hunting is allowed. Such egregious hunting methods including baiting, snaring, and “spotlighting,” or shooting bears while they hibernate, need to be permanently banned on all lands managed by the National Park Service. Read more >

NPS Photo by Kent Miller

This Land is Our Land, Too

Whether you went “wild” in Alaska 30 years or 30 days ago, we want to see your photos and read your stories. Share with us, today!

Alaska is a land of superlatives… the biggest park, the highest mountain, and the most bears. In fact, two-thirds of the acreage of the entire U.S. National Park System is in Alaska—that's 54 million acres! Much of this was added in 1980 when Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), one of the great milestones in the history of American land conservation.

ANILCA established 10 new, and expanded three of Alaska's five existing national park units. These 15 parks protect an outstanding collection of vast intact wilderness, diverse and abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, and the traditional ways of life for many Native Alaskans and rural residents. Perpetuating these values involves navigating several significant roadblocks and potholes on the path to stewardship that absolutely must be addressed to ensure that the vital, functioning ecosystems in Alaska's parks are sustained.

  • Recognized as "ground zero" for global warming, Alaska and its national parks are feeling dramatic effects from our changing climate. Alaska's parks provide a living laboratory where this natural phenomenon can be observed (mostly) absent of direct urban & development influences as temperatures rise. Read More >>

  • Unlike parks in the Lower 48 were most forms of off-road vehicles are prohibited, ANILCA allows snowmobiles and other motorized craft for access to inholdings, subsistence, and traditional activities. While NPCA recognizes that motorized access is necessary for some rural Alaskans to maintain their rural lifestyle within national park boundaries, there are ongoing legal questions about recreational ATV riding in Wrangell-St. Elias and recreational snowmobile riding in Denali.

  • NPCA closely monitors new and emerging issues that threaten park integrity from beyond park boundaries. The pristine waters of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve help protect spawning habitat critical to the legendary sockeye salmon fishery of southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay. Advanced exploration at the Pebble Mine site, a massive copper/gold/molybdenum deposit, is occurring only miles from Lake Clark's southern border. Also encroaching upon Lake Clark are proposals for coal mining and hydro-electric development just north of the park. Read More >>

  • The Alaska Citizen’s Guide to Natural Gas Permitting helps citizens understand the complex process of natural gas development in Alaska, which is happening closer to national parks, towns and people than ever before in Alaska’s history. The Citizen’s Guide outlines the risks associated with gas development (including new roads, traffic, noise, habitat disturbance, water pollution and air pollution) and how Alaskans can become informed and involved in guiding gas development in their communities. Read the Report >

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

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Protect Bristol Bay Wild Salmon
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Protecting Bristol Bay

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Wolves and Bears at Risk in Alaska
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All Alaska National Preserves

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