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State of the Park Report for
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

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The restored Mascot Saloon at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
The restored Mascot Saloon at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

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The Status and Trend symbols used in the summary table below and throughout this report are summarized in the following key. The background color represents the current condition status, the direction of the arrow summarizes the trend in condition, and the thickness of the outside line represents the degree of confidence in the assessment. In some cases, the arrow is omitted because data are not sufficient for calculating a trend (e.g., data from a one-time inventory or insufficient sample size).

Condition Status Trend in Condition Confidence in
Assessment
Condition of resource warrants significant concern Warrants Significant Concern Condition is improving Condition is Improving High confidence in the assessment High
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern Warrants Moderate Concern Condition is unchanging Condition is Unchanging Medium confidence in the assessment Medium
Resource is in good condition Resource is in Good Condition Condition is deteriorating Condition is Deteriorating Low confidence in the assessment Low

Examples of how the symbols should be interpreted:

Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment.
Overall Facility Condition Index Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment.Brief - Overall Facility Condition Index
The National Park Service uses a facility condition index (FCI) to indicate the condition of its facilities and infrastructure. FCI is the cost of repairing an asset, such as a building, road, trail, or water system, divided by the cost of replacing it. The lower the FCI number, the better the condition of the asset. The overall FCI for 157 assets at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in FY12 was 0.112, which is considered Fair based on industry and NPS standards. The table below summarizes the number of assets at KLGO within each industry-standard asset category and the mean FCI on October 1, 2012, compared to October 1, 2008, to determine trends in condition.
Asset Category Number of Assets
2008/2012
FCI
2008 / 2012
Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Buildings 54 / 73 0.042 / 0.119 Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. A number of improvements have been made to buildings since October 2012 when the FCI data were captured, and condition status will be Green once facility managers have full access to the new data system. The park has completed restoration of 17 historic buildings in the Skagway Historic district. Seven buildings are leased to proprietors in the historic district and used as shops. Roofs of five historical buildings have been replaced in recent years, and building exteriors have been repainted with the historic colors of the gold rush era. Jeff "Soapy" Smiths Parlor Museum is one of the recently acquired buildings that the park is restoring.
Brief - YMCA Preservation
Campgrounds 2 / 5 0.066 / 0.098 Resource is in good condition; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. Four of the park's five campgrounds are located along the historic Chilkoot Trail to provide warming and cooking shelters for the hikers. The Dyea Campground is located near the historic Dyea townsite.
Trails 2 / 25 0.341 / 0.144 Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Most of the assets included in the Trails category are footbridges along the Chilkoot Trail. The Skagway Historic District boardwalk and Historic Dyea Townside Trail are also included. The park's trail crew has upgraded the Chilkoot Trail to remove safety hazards and to improve the trail surface. Three major bridges along the trail have been replaced.
Waste Water Systems 2 / 2 0.000 / 0.000 Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The two waste water systems located in the park are in good condition and require little to no annual maintenance.
Water Systems 2 / 2 0.000 / 0.000 Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. One of the park's two water systems operates only in the summer for the Dyea Ranger Station.
Paved Roads, Parking Areas, Bridges, Tunnels 2 / 6 0.000 / 0.272 Concern status, declining trend, and high confidence The road to Dyea Historic Town Site and the Lost Lake Road are in poor condition, and the park has submitted funding requests to improve them.
All Others 34 / 44 0.000 / 0.027 Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park has upgraded its communication system to help facilitate safety, including installation of two new repeater communication shelters, linking the communication system with Parks Canada and with the Denali Dispatch Center. The park's phone system and internet access has also been upgraded including Voice-over IP capability. To help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the park is in the process of replacing its fuel oil heating systems with electric energy.

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The Status and Trend symbols used in the summary table below and throughout this report are summarized in the following key. The background color represents the current condition status, the direction of the arrow summarizes the trend in condition, and the thickness of the outside line represents the degree of confidence in the assessment. In some cases, the arrow is omitted because data are not sufficient for calculating a trend (e.g., data from a one-time inventory or insufficient sample size).

Condition Status Trend in Condition Confidence in
Assessment
Condition of resource warrants significant concern Warrants Significant Concern Condition is improving Condition is Improving High confidence in the assessment High
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern Warrants Moderate Concern Condition is unchanging Condition is Unchanging Medium confidence in the assessment Medium
Resource is in good condition Resource is in Good Condition Condition is deteriorating Condition is Deteriorating Low confidence in the assessment Low

Examples of how the symbols should be interpreted:

Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment.
Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment. Condition of resource warrants significant concern; trend in condition is unknown or not applicable; low confidence in the assessment.
Energy Consumption Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
The production of energy to heat, cool, and illuminate buildings and to operate water utility systems is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The National Park Service is committed to improving facility energy performance and increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources. The National Park Service has a goal to reduce Servicewide building energy consumption per square foot of building space by 35% by 2016 from the baseline set in 2003 (NPS Green Parks Plan 2012).
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Energy Consumption BTUs per gross square footage of buildings Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Energy usage (BTUs per gross square footage of buildings) at the park in 2012 was 49% lower than the average for the previous 4 years (Source: NPS Annual Energy Report). The park recently acquired several historical buildings that are in the process of being restored and are not being heated.
Brief - Glacier Powered Vehicles
Annual Energy Consumption at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Annual Energy Consumption at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

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