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    National Historical Park Alaska

Environmental Factors

The National Park Service is an agency dedicated to conserving natural and historic objects for future generations. Sitka National Historical Park is one of hundreds of units throughout the United States dedicated to preserving and interpreting these diverse places. It preserves a unique story not told in any other park, however all National Park units have a common purpose and each are facing the same contemporary challenge to their mission of protection: climate change. The consequences for each Park are as varied as the resources themselves, which makes researching and responding to the problem a complex task.

Located within a temperate rainforest, Sitka National Historical Park protects a unique set of natural and cultural resources. Climate change affects the physical and biological environment, and in doing so, threatens the objects of cultural significance that we strive to protect. Research is still underway to examine how the landscape will be altered by a changing climate, but we are already facing some notable problems from reduced snow and ice in the region.

For more information on climate change and the impacts to Sitka’s salmon and Yellow-cedar trees, please click here: Climate Change at Sitka National Historical Park

Did You Know?

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Some species of shrews, the smallest of all mammals, weigh as little as 5/100 ounce, or half the weight of a penny.