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    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Park History

Selected Documents and Reports

Crown Jewel of the North: An Administrative History of Denali

The park administrative history is the definitive story of Denali National Park and Preserve. Published in two volumes (2006 for the first, 2008 for the second), they explore the circumstances surrounding the creation of this park; its early and modern management challenges; and the colorful characters who have called this area home.

The two volumes combined are 90 MB, and so they have been broken into the following sections for ease of use:

Volume 1

Volume II

Volume I (complete, 10 mb)
Volume II (complete, 63 mb)

Further Reading

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Abbie Joseph (1893? - 1986)

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    Born in the late 1800s, Abbie Joseph lived until 1986. Interviews at the end of her life provide a window to the past, putting a personal touch to the traditional subsistence lifestyle Alaska Natives have lived for thousands of years, and which continues today. Read more

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    Historic and Contemporary Ethnographic Landscapes of Denali National Park

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    The land in and around Denali comprises part of the aboriginal homeland of five Northern Athabascan groupsDena’ina, Koyukon, Lower Tanana, Upper Kuskokwim, and Western Ahtna. The affiliation of five Alaska Native groups with one national park is unique and illustrates the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Denali area. Read more

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    Reclamation of Mined Lands in Kantishna

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    How to you restore a creek filled with debris and arsenic, legacies of gold mining from nearly a century ago? Find out with this review of the restoration of Denali's Caribou Creek. Read more

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    Scientific Legacy of Denali

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    Denali's rich history as a place for science and research goes back over 100 years. Read more

  • The Nature of Art: Communicating Park Science, Nature and Culture through Art

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    Art has entwined nature, culture, and science for centuries. Alaska’s artistic heritage is part of a long and important tradition for understanding, sharing, and preserving parks and related protected areas. Long before the concept of the parks was framed, artists and their art works were already inspiring support for exploration, and sometimes for protection of the special places they knew. Read more

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