From Wrangell-St. Elias, our largest national park, to the volcanic caldera of Aniakchak National Monument, the national parks in Alaska exist on a grand scale. Here you’ll find brown bears fishing for salmon along the Alagnak National Wild River and extreme climbers summiting the snowy peak of North America’s tallest mountain, Denali. People have lived for centuries across these vast landscapes, and our national parks tell their stories, too: the tales of gold prospectors and traditional cultures, of fishermen, families, and adventurers. Protecting the remarkable resources – historic, natural, and cultural – of these amazing parks is the task of NPCA’s Alaska Regional Office.

Based in Anchorage, the small, dedicated staff of the Alaska office works to preserve the wild ecosystems and rich cultural heritage unique to this state’s national parks. With millions of people traveling from across the globe to explore parks like Denali, Katmai, and Glacier Bay, hoping for glimpses of bears and moose, wolves and eagles, the Alaska team raises awareness of the huge economic benefits these park visitors provide at the local and state level.

They also engage in years-long efforts to protect park resources, such as their work to defend bears and wolves living in this region’s national preserves from aggressive, state-endorsed “predator control” tactics. Though challenges lie ahead, the Alaska office had reason to celebrate in 2015 when the Park Service finalized new sport hunting regulations that prohibit #UnBearable hunting methods.

Partnering with Subaru of America and NPS on an innovative zero landfill initiative, this team is helping reduce waste and improve recycling at Denali National Park. And, they’re digging in to repair damaged trails in Wrangell-St. Elias that provide both recreational access and access for rural families practicing traditional subsistence ways of life. Motivated by past success and future threats, the staff of the Alaska office will continue its critical work to protect the parks of Alaska in perpetuity.

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Travel Tip: Kobuk Valley

Alaska's remote Kobuk Valley National Park is not accessible by road. If you want to visit this wild and beautiful place, you'll need to take a plane or boat. In the winter, you might even consider traveling by dogsled.

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