Alagnak Wild River
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, e-mail us
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.
Permit Application Process
Application Review Process
The following criteria are among those used to evaluate research proposals:
Maps to Help with Planning for Research
Wilderness Managed by the National Park Service
Lands Managed by NPS
Did You Know?
Most people come to Katmai via floatplane. For many visitors, this is the first time in a small aircraft.