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    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Research Permits

Alagnak Wild River
Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
Katmai National Park and Preserve

Research conducted on lands managed by the National Park Service (NPS) is valuable to park managers, educators, and the larger scientific community. We appreciate your interest in working on these lands. The NPS Organic Act articulates that our "purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such a manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." The following guidance helps ensure that research is conducted in a sensitive and safe manner that is mutually beneficial for all.

Permit Requirement and Timeline

A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required to conduct research or collect specimens on all NPS lands. Researchers are encouraged to contact the research coordinator early in the planning process to discuss proposed work and streamline the permitting process.

Research Coordinator: Dale Vinson, (907)644-3632

The permitting process can take up to 90 days. Applications for summer field work should be submitted by March 31.

To aid in the preparation of a successful application, researchers should first review the following documents:

If your research requires exceptions or special conditions to any of the above documents, please ensure that you communicate those needs with the research permit coordinator. Special curatorial requirements also apply.

Permit Application Process

  1. Scientific Research and Collecting Permit Applications are submitted online through the Research Permit and Reporting System (RPRS) at https://irma.nps.gov/rprs/Home. If you encounter difficulty uploading large documents, these files (proposals, maps, images, etc.) may be sent by email to the research permit coordinator. Researchers without access to the internet can contact the park research coordinator for an application form.
  2. In addition, we ask that researchers complete a supplementary questionnaire describing field logistics and operations.

Application Review Process
The review process is designed to ensure that park resources and users are not unduly affected by the proposed research. An interdisciplinary team will evaluate applications to determine potential impacts in several areas, including:

The following criteria are among those used to evaluate research proposals:

Research Permit Flowchart
The process for obtaining a research permit.

Maps to Help with Planning for Research

Wilderness Managed by the National Park Service

  • Alagnak Wild River: No designated wilderness
  • Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve: Some land are suitable for wilderness, however no map is currently available
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve: This map shows designated wilderness and additional areas are suitable for wilderness

Lands Managed by NPS

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