Research in Gates of the Arctic
Information that scientists gather can play an important role not only in how Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve is managed, but also in how we manage some of the greater issues that face our planet. Our current understanding of historical, biological, cultural and physical resources has been gained through exploration and research conducted since the late nineteenth century. Most of these research and exploratory activities pre-date this young park, which was established in 1980 with the passage of ANILCA (the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act).
Information for Prospective Researchers
The deadline for proposals to conduct research in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve each year is April 2 before each field season. An integrated compliance review process assesses the scientific integrity and appropriateness of research activities. The primary compliance requirements that must be addressed prior to project approval include:
Preparing a Proposal
1) Submit your proposal to the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System. This site requires you to enter basic information regarding your project. You can simply cut and paste material from your proposal into the form. (Please note: You will also be required to upload files into the system. Large documents may crash the system so it is best to remove unnecessarily large images and maps prior to upload, or simply break up your study plan into two or three smaller files.)
2) Refer to the General Park Conditions document.
3) Key points to include in your application:
4) Once you have submitted your proposal, the Research Coordinator at the park will contact you to clarify any questions or problems that might arise. The coordinator will meet with the integrated compliance team (a small group composed of park staff) to determine if your proposal is in line with the NPS mission and the enabling legislation of the park. The coordinator will provide you with updates periodically throughout the process and is the person ultimately responsible for issuing your permit. In general, this process takes four to six weeks.
For more information, please contact:
Documents and Websites Pertinent to Research Activities in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve
NPS Research Permit and Reporting System
Researchers' Curatorial Responsibilities
NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program
This revised Minimum Requirements Decision Guide (MRDG) is designed to assist wilderness managers in making stewardship decisions. Units with special provisions mandated by legislation subsequent to the Wilderness Act of 1964 must insure full consideration of these other legal requirements. Wilderness managers in Alaska must insure that their decisions are in accordance with the provisions of ANILCA.
NHPA, Section 106
Did You Know?
Reminders of an older time, remains of ancient caribou skin tents can still be seen in Gates of the Arctic National Park. More...