Greetings from Gates Of The Arctic National Park & Preserve

Beginning in the early 1970s, I became involved in efforts to set aside a part of the Brooks Range in Alaska as a new national park. I spent years exploring this wonderful wilderness by foot, dog team, floating and by light aircraft. I wanted to be a part of the process for making it a national park. In the mid 1970s, the National Park Service employed me to assist in the planning of Gates of the Arctic National Park. Our experiences are presented in the book, “Our Perfect Wild”, published by the Univ. of Alaska Press and Univ. of Chicago Press.

Ray Bane

Gates Of The Arctic National Park & Preserve

Without roads, trails or formal campgrounds, Gates of the Arctic’s 7-million-acre wilderness covers vast terrain, including the jagged peaks of the Brooks Mountain Range, glacier-carved valleys, boreal forest, six Wild and Scenic Rivers, and arid stretches of polar desert — all north of the Arctic Circle.

State(s): Alaska

Established: 1980

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