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Denali Planning WebQuest:
NPS Photos from left to right: Tour bus at Denali National Park,
a national park researcher,
two bicyclists enjoy the beauty of Denali.
National Park and Preserve (DNP&P) is a 6-million-acre park
in the sub arctic interior of Alaska. It was created over 80 years
ago to protect a complete sub-arctic eco-system with large mammals
such as dall sheep, caribou, grizzly bears, wolves, moose and golden
eagles. The park straddles the Alaska Range and includes Mt. McKinley,
the tallest peak in North America. The park is known worldwide for
its wilderness qualities and opportunities to see wildlife. Most
of the 375,000 yearly visitors enjoy the park during in the 120-day
summer season. That's a lot of people in a short amount of time!
The general future vision for the park is to offer outstanding opportunities
to observe large wildlife species and the highest peak in North
America in a primitive, natural setting well into the future.
Planning for the future
of the park is a high priority for your National Park Service. Management
is directed by law, policy, and plans, in that order. Park managers
and staff do not make laws but one of their jobs is to implement
Park managers must obey
the laws created by Congress that established DNP&P in order
to plan for the future. They must carefully consider all of these
specific points when planning.
- Preserve lands and
waters for the benefit, use, education, and inspiration of present
and future generations.
- Preserve unrivaled
scenic and geological values associated with natural landscapes.
- Maintain sound populations
of, and habitat for, wildlife species.
- Preserve extensive,
unaltered ecosystems in their natural state.
- Protect resources
related to subsistence needs.
- Protect historic and
- Preserve wilderness
resource values and related recreational opportunities.
- Maintain opportunities
for scientific research in undisturbed ecosystems.
- Provide the opportunity
for rural residents to engage in subsistence way of life.
- Protect and interpret
the entire mountain massif and the additional scenic mountain
peaks and formations.
- Provide continued
opportunities, including reasonable access, for mountain climbing,
mountaineering, and other wilderness recreational activities.
- Besides following
the laws, managers must also resolve the "wants" - the
things that different people want to happen in the park, some
of which are mutually compatible and achievable and some which