2011 Releases

A view of the landscape at Lake Clark National Park & Preserve and it's reflection in the lake. (NPS Photo- Kent Miller)
A view of the lake, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. (NPS Photo - Kent Miller)

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 28, 2011

Alaska’s National Park Visitation Up in 2011
Preliminary counts show that 2011 brought a modest increase in visitation to Alaska's national parks.

The Alaska Region saw about 2.32 million recreational visits over the past 12 months, up 50,000 (or about 2 percent) from the 2.27 million in 2010. Final numbers for this calendar year will be available in the spring.

October 27, 2011

Katmai National Preserve to Conduct an Environmental Assessment for a Sport Hunting Guide Services Business Opportunity
The National Park Service will begin work on an environmental assessment (EA) next month to consider the reissuance of concession contract (s) and proposed changes for sport hunting guide services within Katmai National Preserve. Because sport hunting is a Congressionally authorized use of the preserve, all options in the EA will propose that guided sport hunting continue in a way that does not result in significant environmental impacts to park resources and values, including the brown bear population, other users, wilderness character, or subsistence uses.

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June 8, 2011

Lake Clark NP to Honor Victims of Plane Crash
The National Park Service on Saturday will honor seven employees and a charter pilot who lost their lives in a plane crash nearly 36 years ago during a flight over land that would become part of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

May 12, 2011

Hillside Singletrack Earns National Award
National Award for NPS - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program Project
The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, is pleased to announce that the Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trails project has won one of the national 2011 Achievement Awards, recognizing outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program.
Map of the Hillside Singletrack Trails.

May 2, 2011

National Park Service Promotes Fire Prevention and Preparedness
May 2-8 is Wildland Fire Prevention Week.In honor of the week, the National Park Service encourages the public to prepare for and prevent wildfires. It is not a matter of "if" wildfire will occur in the fire-prone ecosystem, but a matter of "where" and "when." Individual and collective preparedness and prevention efforts create a safer Alaska for the public and firefighters.

April 29, 2011

Climate Stations Approved for 5 Park Areas
In an effort to improve weather and climate data gathering across northern Alaska, the National Park Service will install a total of 17 long-term remote automated climate stations in five National park areas across northern Alaska.

February 10, 2011

Alaska Native Liaison Named
An experienced federal tribal programs manager has been selected to serve as the National Park Service’s Alaska Regional Native Liaison. Jean Gamache has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more than 13 years in Anchorage and San Francisco, where she most recently served as manager of the Tribal Programs Office for the Pacific Southwest Region.

February 18, 2011

Superintendent Named for Western Arctic Parklands
Frank Hays will move from one beach community to another next month, but the contrast could hardly be more striking as he departs Honolulu and heads to Kotzebue, Alaska, where he will take over as Superintendent of four National Park Service areas.

February 10, 2011

Invasive Plant Work Set for 2011
The inventory and removal of exotic plants from national parks in Alaska reached a record level in 2010, thanks in large part to increased funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

January 15, 2011

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.

Last Updated: September 12, 2013