Proposed National Park Compendiums Open For Public Comment
Contact: Albert Faria, 907-697-2230
Alaska's National Parks invite public comment on each park's compendium through February 15, 2013
The compendium is a compilation of all designations, closures and restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority within the regulations covering national parks. The compendium is a regulatory tool to help manage Alaska's national park areas for the public's enjoyment, use and protection.This year, several NPS areas in Alaska are proposing restrictions to taking wildlife in national preserves.These proposals are based on recent changes in State of Alaska regulations pertaining to the take of wolves, coyotes, and bears in some game management units, including certain national preserves. Other proposed changes include the closure of an old trail in Wrangell-St. Elias where a newly constructed trail reaches the same destination, and human waste disposal practices in Glacier Bay.
Public involvement in the compendium process began in early December when the National Park Service held the first of seven public hearings to hear input as these restrictions were being drafted. After this round of public comment on the compendium provisions ends on February 15, the NPS will conside rrevisions and expects to publish the final compendiums in April 2013. Each park's proposed 2013 compendium is available at http://www.nps.gov/akso/management/compendiums.cfm.
A written copy may be requested directly from the park or the National Park Service, 240 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501, Attn: Compendium. Comments will be accepted by mail or e-mail between January 15 and February 15, 2013. Comments are welcome at any time in addition to this timeframe, but comments received after February 15 will be considered in future compendium revisions.
Did You Know?
The largest member of the deer family is a recent newcomer to Glacier Bay. The first moose was sighted here in 1960. They are frequently seen amid thick stands of willows and other tasty vegetation.