Located within a temperate rainforest, Sitka National Historical Park protects a unique set of natural and cultural resources. These have been both shaped and challenged by the environmental factors that effect the region, providing us an unprecedented opportunity to research and protect these resources for future generations. Check out the sections below to learn more about the environmental factors effecting Sitka National Historical Park!
Although the natural and cultural resources of Sitka National Historical Park are increasingly at risk due to climate change, we are also in a unique position to provide baseline data and monitor long term changes through ongoing research efforts.
Learn more about climate change in Sitka National Historical Park.
Climate and weather
When many people think of Alaska, they think of arctic winters and a frigid climate -- but think again, if you're coming to Sitka! Here, due to the warm ocean currents that pass by Baranof Island, our winters are mild and our summers are wet, keeping the rainforest happy with a constant supply of rain, fog, and mist.
Indian River is one of the primary natural resources in the park. The river continuously shapes the interconnections of the land, plants, and animals that thrive in the park.
Did You Know?
Alaska’s Governor John Brady asked leaders from several southeast Alaska villages to donate totem poles for public exhibitions outside of Alaska, and eventually, for display at Sitka’s popular public park. More than a dozen Tlingit and Haida poles were placed along the park’s trail in 1906. More...