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Plans and Projects Open for Review
A Letter From the Superintendent
Dear Friends of Gates of the Arctic,
The National Park Service is continuing development of a general management plan (GMP) amendment for Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. This plan will provide direction for managing the park and preserve over the next 15 to 20 years.
As part of the general management planning process, we invited comments on the preliminary alternatives that were developed last summer. Many of you read newsletter #2 in the fall of 2010, attended a public meeting during the fall or winter, or wrote a letter to share you opinions on the preliminary alternatives. In newsletter #3, a summary of the comments that you shared is provided, along with a description of how your ideas are being incorporated into the draft alternatives.
In addition, newsletter #3 provides some information on the wilderness study that is part of our planning efforts. We describe the components and process for this wilderness study, and have included maps that show you where the wilderness study options are located. Like the preliminary GMP alternatives, the wilderness study is in draft form.
Download the Gates of the Arctic Management Plan / Wilderness Study Newsletter #3, or look for hard copies of the newsletter at the following locations:
Morris Thompson cultural and Visitors Center
101 Dunkel Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
National Park Service Fairbanks Administrative Center
4175 Geist Rd.
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Ranger Station & Visitor Center
Bettles Field, AK 99726
I truly appreciate you interest in the management of Gate of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, and look forward to you continued involvement in this important planning process.
Superintendent, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
How to Comment
Your comments on this draft plan / wilderness study are always welcome and are important throughout the planning process. There are several ways for comments to be submitted.
Electronically via the Web or Email:
The NPS planning website
By Mailing a Letter:
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve - GMP Amendment
Fairbanks Administrative Center
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Documents Open for Public Review
Other Plans and Projects
An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.
Did You Know?
Chert is a fine-grained rock used by the prehistoric inhabitants of the Brooks Range to create tools like scrapers, knives and spear points. The Brooks Range contains one of the richest deposits of "tool quality" chert in the world.