President Woodrow Wilson established Katmai National Monument in 1918 to preserve the "Valley of 10,000 Smokes," so named when the Novarupta Volcano filled the valley with a 100- to 700-foot-deep ash flow.

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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve was designated in 1980 to protect Bristol Bay’s one-of-a-kind ecosystem. It protects the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak River -- the heart of the world-famous Bristol Bay salmon run and the home of a $2billion fishing industry.

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