Celebrating President and Mrs. Carter and Their Contribution to the National Park Ser

Hubbard Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Hubbard Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

National Park Service

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GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
History Lesson
Also Promotes:
History Lesson
Year Accomplished:
2014

On December 2, 2013, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia, celebrated the anniversary of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). President Jimmy Carter signed the act (ANILCA) to protect over 100 million acres of federal lands in Alaska, doubling the size of the national park and refuge system and tripling the amount of land designated as wilderness.  The signing of the ANILCA came after several years of debate in Congress and is often called the most significant land conservation measure in the history of our nation. With the signing of ANILCA the national park system in Alaska was expanded by over 43 million acres, creating 10 new national parks and increasing the size of three existing park units.

The theme of this special history lesson was Celebrating President and Mrs. Carter and Their Contribution to the National Park Service. Students were able to view the program thanks to an exciting new partnership between the National Park Service and Internet2, the U.S. National Research and Education Network. Students from Plains High School (Plains, GA), Glennallen High School (Glennallen, AK), Southwest High School (El Centro, CA), Sugar Salem High School (Sugar City, ID), and Woodrow Wilson Junior High (Dayton, TX) were able to ask President Carter questions via video and several other schools were able to tune in and listen to the webcast.  Schools were also able to view the program via a live web stream that was provided by MAGPI and Idaho Public Television.