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July 28, 2014
Public Invited to Denali Subsistence Resource Commission Meeting in Cantwell
The Denali National Park Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) will meet on Thursday, August 7 at the Cantwell School in Cantwell. The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will be held from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.

July 24, 2014
Denali National Park and Preserve Holds First Invertebrate Bioblitz
Researchers from Massachusetts, Arkansas, and Alaska will conduct Denali National Park and Preserve’s first invertebrate bioblitz, an intense period of biological surveying with the purpose of documenting as much biodiversity as possible.

July 09, 2014
National Park Service Seeking Input on Scenic Overlook Pullout on Government Hill
The National Park Service (NPS) intends to evaluate the impacts of constructing a scenic overlook pullout on Government Hill (Mile 2.5 on the Denali Park Road). A small pullout currently at this location can accommodate approximately two vehicles. This pullout is often overcrowded during the visitor season as it is a desirable spot for taking photographs.

July 08, 2014
Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station Dedication
The National Park Service celebrated the accomplishments and legacy of Alaska Native Walter Harper during the dedication ceremony for the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station on Wednesday, July 2.

July 08, 2014
Denali National Park Research Provides New Insight Into Wolf Population Dynamics
When a breeding wolf dies, its sex and the size of its pack can determine whether that pack continues or disbands, according to research published on July 8, 2014 in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

June 27, 2014
National Park Service and Alaska Department of Transportation Assessing Road Damage and Planning for Repair
With the immediate mission to evacuate stranded visitors and employees completed, the National Park Service’s task now turns to recovery, coordinating the work to repair the flood damage with the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT), who has the jurisdictional responsibility for major repairs on that section of the Denali Park Road.

June 26, 2014
Lodge Guests Safely Evacuated from Kantishna
The 103 guests and employees from the Denali Backcountry Lodge have been successfully evacuated from Kantishna, where they had been stranded all day by high water and washed out sections of the Denali Park Road.

June 26, 2014
Flooding and Rock Falls Cause Closures
Torrential rains overnight caused what are usually small streams to become raging torrents along and across the Denali Park Road

June 20, 2014
Unmanned Aircraft to be Prohibited in National Parks
WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today signed a policy memorandum that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.

June 11, 2014
The American Alpine Club Partners with Federal Agencies and Outdoor Industry Leaders to Host the Sustainable Summits Conference
The American Alpine Club (AAC), in collaboration with Denali National Park, will present “Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices”, a once-in-a-decade gathering of key leaders in mountain management, conservation, and the outdoor industry. The AAC is hosting the event at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado from July 20 to 23, offering plenary sessions, panel discussions, vendor booths, and evening lectures, with a working field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park on July 24. The conference is designed to foster global partnerships and better inform land managers, NGO’s, climbers, and outdoor industry partners on issues related to environmental sustainability, the effects of climate change, access, and management of mountainous regions.

May 27, 2014
Kim Heacox to Speak About New John Muir Biography
Writer, photographer, and activist Kim Heacox will speak about his newest book, “John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America” on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm at the Denali Visitor Center.

May 09, 2014
Denali National Park to Burn Debris Piles
Fire Management staff at Denali National Park and Preserve is planning to burn two individual debris piles within park boundaries in upcoming weeks, one at Kantishna and one at Toklat Road Camp.

May 09, 2014
Climber Dies on Descent from Denali Pass
One member of a two-person climbing team perished in an early season climbing fall on Mt. McKinley in recent days. The fatal fall likely occurred on May 5, after the climbing parties became separated during a descent from Denali Pass in stormy weather.

April 25, 2014
Application Period for Denali National Park 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program Opens May 1
Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from visual artists and writers for the 2015 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. This program provides the opportunity for professional artists and writers to use an historic roadside cabin as a base to explore the park and seek inspiration from it.

April 23, 2014
2014 Denali Road Lottery Entry Period Begins May 1
The 2014 annual road lottery in Denali National Park and Preserve will take place on September 12, 13, 14, and 15 (Friday through Monday), weather permitting. Entries may be made online at www.recreation.gov beginning at 12:01 am on May 1 until midnight, May 31, 2014 (Alaska time). Entries can also be done by phone at (877) 444-6777 between the hours of 6:00 am – 8:00 pm (Alaska time) from May 1 - 31.

March 18, 2014
Denali Winter Artists-in-Residence Arrive
The National Park Service has expanded the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program to include winter residencies on an ongoing basis, and the first two participants in this winter’s program will begin their residencies this week.

March 03, 2014
National Park Service Introduces Denali Science School
Registration is now open for Denali Science School, a new education program for Alaskan fifth and sixth-grade classes. Denali Science School will bring whole classrooms of students into Denali National Park and Preserve for overnight field trips in autumn 2014.

February 27, 2014
National Park Service Issues FONSI for Horseshoe Lake Trail
The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Horseshoe Lake Trail Additions and Improvements Environmental Assessment. The NPS chose the action alternative to extend the Horseshoe Lake Trail around the lake and along the Nenana River. Improvements to the trail will include the construction of one bridge and two short sections of boardwalk

February 07, 2014
Registration Open for 2014 Field Courses in Denali National Park and Preserve
A wide variety of field-based, active learning courses taking place this summer in Denali National Park and Preserve are now available for reservation.

January 22, 2014
Denali National Park and Preserve Announces 2014 Artists-in-Residence
The National Park Service has selected five visual artists and three writers from more than 250 applicants to participate in the 2014 Artist-in-Residence program at Denali National Park and Preserve this year. For the first time, the program has been expanded to include winter residencies.

November 26, 2013
2014 Denali Bus and Campground Reservations Available on December 1
The transportation concessioner for Denali National Park and Preserve will begin accepting advance reservations for the 2014 visitor season for shuttle buses and the park’s four largest campgrounds on Sunday, December 1.

Did You Know?

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The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing. Large glaciers are receding, permafrost is melting and woody plants are spreading. Comparison of "then-and-now" photographs and data from major vegetation monitoring should allow detection, understanding and potential management of these changes.