the "High One," is the name the Athabascan people gave the massive peak that
crowns the 600 mile-long Alaska Range. Denali is also the name of an immense
national park and preserve created from the former Mount McKinley National
Mount McKinley National Park was established primarily as a game refuge. The
park and the massif that includes North America's highest peak were named for
former senator (later President) William McKinley of Ohio.
In 1980, the
Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) enlarged the park's
boundary by 4 million acres and changed its name to Denali National Park and
Preserve. It exemplifies interior Alaska's character as one of the world's last
great frontiers with a largely unspoiled wilderness.
Webquest, you will be examining Denali's backcountry management plan to
determine its "fit" to the laws governing the management of America's remaining
wilderness. So, spend some time browsing the park's Website and learn more
about this incredible place.
Click on the map to begin your