• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Sustainability

How is Klondike Gold Rush NHP working towards Sustainibility?

The park is working to make operations and daily practices greener and more environmentally friendly each day. This work is being driven by the Park's Environment Management System (EMS) Team, which has been recently revived and strengthened. Some primary objective within the EMS are to strengthen our recylcing program, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and reduce the carbon footprint of office practices.

 

 
Cabin with solar panels

The Sheep Camp Ranger Station on the Chilkoot Trail is powered by solar energy.

NPS photo

"Green" Actions at Klondike Gold Rush NHP

1. Increased recycling program

2. Added 5 electric vehicles (starting in 2005)

3. Tracking fuel consumption, electricity, and propane use - Participated in federal green challenge and sustainability reporting

4. Replaced oil fired heaters and propane fueled appliances with electric heat and electric powered appliances. Electricity source is hydropower

5. Maintaining boilers to ensure they are burning as efficiently as possible

6. Started using bio-based lubricants for some maintenance and all trail activities

7. Law enforcement uses frangible, non-lead based ammunition.

8. Made efficiency improvements to HVAC system at permanent collection storage facility; achieved a 75 percent reduction.

9. Improved bear-proof waste canisters in the park.

10. Replacing mercury thermostats when they fail with solar powered thermometers. Installed a compostable toilets on Chilkoot Trial.

11. Conducts HAZCOM training.

12. Purchased 29 dual flush converters for all employee housing and office toilets (not visitor toilets).

13. Replaced exterior lights with LED lighting.

14. Replacing stationary combustion powered boilers with electricity powered boilers.

15. Implemented a bicycling sharing program for employees.

16. Sheep camp ranger station is fueled by hydro, solar, and propane.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of horse mired in mud and snow

The White Pass Trail of Klondike Gold Rush NHP earned infamy as the "Dead Horse Trail." Over 3,000 horses died there as inexperienced gold seekers struggled to reach the Klondike. "The horses died like mosquitoes in the first frost, and from Skagway to Bennett they rotted in heaps." -Jack London More...