2010 Releases

In addition to individual parks providing press releases, the Alaska Regional Office occasionally provides press releases as well. Parks post press releases on their respective websites in the News - News Release sections of their sites. RSS Feed subscription is available on all park websites.

For all Alaska Region press inquiries call the Regional Communications Officer:
John Quinley
907-644-3512
akr_info@nps.gov.

December 8, 2010

Climate Change Response Strategy Released by NPS Alaska
Glacier Bay without the glaciers? It’s not going to happen soon, but a changing climate is causing changes to national park landscapes across Alaska. A newly released Climate Change Response Strategy for Alaska’s national parks provides details of what we know about climate change in Alaska parks, describes potential changes in the visitor experience, and provides goals for the Service to meet over time.

September 8, 2010

Superintendent Named at Glacier Bay NP
A career scientist and public land manager, Susan L. Boudreau has been named as Superintendent of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

September 2, 2010

New Superintendent at Sitka
Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka, AK. ­­ Randy Y. Larson has been named Superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park. The appointment will be effective September 26.

August 29, 2010

Weather Holds for Searchers in Katmai National Park and Preserve
Kings Salmon, AK. Good visibility and clearing weather helped searchers today in the ongoing effort to find the single engine floatplane carrying NPS employees Mason McLeod, 26, Neal Spradlin, 28, and Seth Spradlin, 20, and pilot Marco Alletto, which has been missing since August 21, 2010.

August 28, 2010

Search Resumes Today For Missing Floatplane
King Salmon, AK. The search continues today for a missing floatplane in Katmai National Park and Preserve after inclement weather grounded Friday’s operations for most of the day. Searchers are concentrating today on completing aerial grid searches and targeting areas where the plane may have disappeared.

August 27, 2010

Safety is first priority for all involved in search for missing plane
King Salmon, Alaska- Yesterday morning weather was favorable for search aircraft in Katmai National Park and Preserve until late afternoon when weather forced an early return to base. No signs were discovered of the missing aircraft, pilot or passengers. Today’s forecast calls for low ceilings, rain and reduced visibility in the search area, primarily in the western portion due to a low front that has moved into the area.

August 27, 2010 (8:00 a.m.)

Aerial Search Map of Area - Katmai National Park
Map shows flight tracks conducted since August 22 - 26. Map does not include military search efforts. (Extremely Large File 20.3 mb PDF)

August 26, 2010 (1:00 p.m.)

Day 6 - Search efforts focus on new strategy to locate missing plane
Low morning clouds around King Salmon slowed the launch of search efforts on Wednesday. By midday, clouds cleared and search efforts were again underway. At the end of the day, rescuers had not seen any sign of the missing plane, pilot or passengers.

August 26, 2010 (12:00 p.m.)

Aerial Search Map of Area - Katmai National Park
Map shows flight tracks conducted since August 22 - 25. Map does not include military search efforts. (Large File 7.8 mb PDF)

August 25, 2010 (3:00 p.m.)

National Park Service Incident Management Team joins in the Katmai search efforts
Today the search for a missing aircraft in Katmai National Park and Preserve continues. There have been no radio or emergency locator transmitter transmissions to date.

August 25, 2010 (12:00 p.m.)

Aerial Search Map of Area - Katmai National Park
Map shows flight tracks conducted since August 22 - 24. Map does not include military search efforts. (Large File 7.6 mb PDF)

August 24, 2010 (6:00 p.m.)

Search in Katmai N.P. for missing aircraft continues - Day 4
Search aircraft continued their efforts throughout Tuesday to locate a missing aircraft in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

August 24, 2010 (2:00 p.m.)

Aerial Search Map of Area - Katmai National Park
Map shows flight tracks conducted since August 22 and 23. Map does not include military search efforts. (Large File 7.7 mb PDF)

August 24, 2010 (11:00 a.m.)

Good Weather Holding as Air Search Resumes in Katmai N.P.
Good weather continued to hold over most of Katmai National Park and Preserve this morning as search aircraft and crews began their fourth day of looking for a missing aircraft with four men on board.

August 23, 2010 (9:00 p.m.)

Monday’s Search in Katmai N.P. for Missing Aircraft Unsuccessful; Air Search Will Resume Tuesday Morning
Search aircraft continued their efforts throughout Monday to locate a missing aircraft in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The search will enter its fourth day Tuesday morning.

August 23, 2010 (3:00 p.m.)

Photos of Employees on Missing Plane in Katmai National Park Map of Area

August 23, 2010 (3:00 p.m.)

Search for Missing Aircraft Continues in Katmai National Park
Search aircraft are continuing their efforts this afternoon to locate a missing aircraft in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The single engine floatplane, a deHavilland Beaver operated by Branch River Air Service in King Salmon, carried the pilot and three National Park Service maintenance employees and has been missing since Saturday afternoon. The missing employees are Mason McLeod, 26, and two brothers, Neal Spradlin, 28; and Seth Spradlin, 20. The pilot is Marco Alletto, 47, from King Salmon

August 23, 2010 (11:00 a.m.)

Search for Missing Aircraft Enters 3rd Day in Katmai National Park
Search aircraft took to the air for a third day this morning in an effort to locate a missing aircraft in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

August 22, 2010

Search for Missing Aircraft Continues in Katmai National Park
Multiple aircraft spent much of the day today in an unsuccessful effort to locate a missing aircraft in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

June 15, 2010

Tundra Wildfire is Natural
ANCHORAGE ––Tundra wildfire is natural. In Noatak National Preserve, the tundra has burned consistently over the past 6000 years with return intervals in some cases as short as those in boreal forests (150 years) according to research published in April 2010 as a Joint Fire Science Program project by Co-Principal Investigator Jennifer Barnes, Alaska National Park Service, Regional Fire Ecologist and colleagues.

May 3, 2010

National Park Service Promotes Fire Prevention and Preparedness
ANCHORAGE – May 3–9 is Wildland Fire Prevention Week. In honor of the week, the National Park Service encourages the public to be proactive in preparing for and preventing wildfires.

April 26, 2010

Salmon on the Menu for Denali Wolves
Surprisingly, salmon are an important item on the dinner menu for many wolves in Denali National Park, according to research published this winter in the journal Ecological Applications, by Layne Adams, a biologist with the U. S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center, and six colleagues.

April 13, 2010

NPS Moves to Protect Bears, Wolves
The National Park Service today announced three actions to help protect bear and wolf populations and park values within NPS units in Interior Alaska. Actions involves Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Denali and Gates of the Arctic National Preserves.

February 18, 2010

New Federal Firearms Law Takes Effect Monday
Anchorage – A change in federal law effective February 22, allows people who can legally possess firearms under federal, state and local laws to possess those firearms in National Park units in Alaska.

January 6, 2010

Comments Sought on Park Compendiums
Alaska's National Parks are inviting comment on each park’s Compendium. The Compendium is a compilation of all designations, closures and restrictions imposed under discretionary authority within the regulations covering national parks. Compendiums have always been a tool to help manage Alaska's national parks. The compendium, as part of the park-related regulations, helps provide for the enjoyment, use and protection of our national parks.

Last Updated: September 9, 2013