Kenai Fjords National Park
About the Park
Kenai Fjords National Park sits at the edge of the North Pacific Ocean, where storm patterns develop and feed a land of ice. The Harding Icefield crowns the park and is the source of at least 38 glaciers that flow over the land sculpting as they go. These gigantic rivers of ice have shaped the terrain and are now receding to reveal their work. As ice melts, rock is uncovered and the process of succession begins to take place.
Across the western United States predicted climate change will have significant effects on natural ecosystems. At Kenai Fjords National Park, increased temperatures may increase glacial melt, alter the natural ecosystems present, and change both the habitats available for species and resources available for park visitor recreation.
This Action Plan identifies steps that the Kenai Fjords National Park can undertake to reduce GHG emissions mitigate its impact on climate change. The objective of this Action Plan is to identify actions that Kenai Fjords National Park can undertake to reduce GHG emissions and thus address climate change. This plan presents the park’s emission reduction targets and associated reduction strategies designed to achieve the park’s emission reduction goals. While the plan does not provide detailed instructions on how to carry out each of the proposed measures, it provides the essential framework needed to meet Kenai Fjords National Park’s emission reduction targets.
GHG emissions result from the combustion of fossil fuels for energy (e.g., boilers, electricity generation) and transportation purposes, the decomposition of waste and other organic matter, and the volatilization or release of various other sources (e.g., fertilizers and refrigerants).
In 2006, Kenai Fjords National Park’s GHG emissions totaled 297 metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE). This total includes emissions calculated from Park Operations, Residents/Visitors, and Concessioner operations. The largest emission sector for Kenai Fjords National Park is Transportation - totaling 236 MTCE. Stationary combustion was the second largest source of emissions - totaling 53 MTCE.
The graph below, taken from our Climate Action Plan, shows our baseline emissions in 2006 broken down into sectors, including visitor travel.
Kenai Fjords National Park aims to:
- Reduce GHG emissions to 40% below 2006 levels by the year 2015 by implementing emission mitigation actions identified by the park.
To read more about what we are doing at the Kenai Fjords National Park about climate change, check out our Action Plan!