Wilderness Character Narrative Released
Contact: Barb Bruno, 907-697-2230
BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA – Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Susan L.Boudreau announced today the release of its Wilderness Character Narrative. "As the Superintendent entrusted with the care of over 2.7 million acres of designated and eligible wilderness within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, I take very seriously our mandate to preserve wilderness character," said Park Superintendent, Susan Boudreau. "The Wilderness Act turns 50 this year, and this narrative details just how much wildness we have to celebrate in Glacier Bay!"
Wilderness inspires a more generous description of its values than a bullet list; threats to Glacier Bay's wilderness lie predominantly in massive anthropogenic changes that cannot be synopsized in a sentence or two. The wilderness character narrative will serve a variety of functions for park staff, visitors, and partners:
This Wilderness Character Narrative clearly defines the current status of and threats to the wilderness character of Glacier Bay National Park. The narrative will be reviewed and updated as needed to ensure it remains a current and relevant document for park planning and communication purposes.
Did You Know?
In 1899, an earthquake measuring 8.4 on the Richter Scale so shook the glaciers in Glacier Bay, the budding tourism industry nearly died. There was so much ice in the water from the shattered glaciers, visitors to Glacier Bay did not return to for over ten years.