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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • Emergency Sheep Hunting Closure in Units 23 & 26(A)

    All sheep seasons in Game Management Units 23 and 26(A) for all resident and nonresident hunters are closed due to severe decline in sheep numbers in the contiguous populations of the De Long and Schwatka Mountains. More »

Ambler Mining District Access Right-of-Way

Before the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA)
created Gates of the Arctic National Park
and Preserve (GAAR), the
likelihood of rich mineral deposits in the Ambler Mining District, to the
west of the park, had already been identified. Congress, in considering
the establishment of GAAR, recognized that a transportation corridor
to the Ambler Mining District might become desirable, and might
connect with the Dalton Highway to the east of the Park. The upper
Kobuk River area was included in Gates of the Arctic National Park as
a Preserve. However, Congress made allowances for a transportation
corridor across the new preserve in order to provide access for future
development of mineral resources in the Ambler area.


Did You Know?

Chapman Fire, 2005

In 1969, five wildland fires burned 129,820 acres in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. That was the largest acreage to burn in the park in a given year. Interestingly, 14 wildland fires, the most fires to occur in the park, burned a mere 500 acres in 1977.