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

Visitor Experience

Historic District Walking Tours
Historic District Walking Tours
The black and white historic photograph is titled "Piles of freight and supplies on the waterfront, Dyea, Alaska, ca. 1898" and is from University of Washington's Eric A. Hegg Collection.

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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.
Visitor Numbers and Visitor Satisfaction  
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Number of Visitors Number of visitors per year Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Total number of visitors to the park in 2012 (854,250) was similar to the five year average of 876,872. The Skagway Convention and Visitors Bureau is projecting an increase of 100,000 visitors to Skagway in 2013 based on cruise ship bookings.
Visitor Satisfaction Percent of visitors who were satisfied with their visit Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Based on the standard visitor satisfaction survey conducted each year, the percent of visitors satisfied in FY 2012 was 98.0%, similar to the ten-year average of 98.3% for 2001–2011 (2012 Visitor Survey Card Data Report).

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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.
Interpretive and Education Programs -
Talks, Tours, and Special Events
Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Education Programs Number and quality of programs, and number of participants Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park collaborates with the Skagway School District to implement Spring and Fall education programs for Grades 2–5. These curriculum-based studies include in-class activities and field work in Dyea. Programs for a high school Gold Rush curriculum are also offered. The park partners with local organizations to host a summer teen backpacking trip over the Chilkoot Trail incorporating resource education and stewardship. Future growth is needed to transport students to Skagway from nearby communities, offer distance learning programs, and develop website curriculum.
Brief - Education Programs
Ranger Programs Number and quality of programs and attendance Resource is in good condition; condition is deteriorating; high confidence in the assessment. Klondike Gold Rush NHP offers excellent interpretive programs in downtown Skagway and in the outer district of Dyea. The park offers five or more 50-minute walking tours in the Skagway Historic District daily during the summer months. The Ranger-led Historic Walking Tours reached approximately 30,000 visitors in 2012. This classic ranger program contributes to the park's sense of place and the NPS is one of only two organizations authorized to provide walking tours within the historic district. These long- standing interpretive programs have been harder to maintain in 2012 and 2013 due to cuts in the Interpretive program from 13 seasonal rangers to 10. Continued budget cuts have already reduced the Dyea Townsite tours; these underwent a 50% reduction in 2012. The park also offers eight showings of the park movie daily. Daily amphitheater programs at the Visitor Center are being replaced with more films instead of Ranger-conducted, park-specific programs.
Brief - Stampeder Stories Performing Arts Program
Junior Ranger Programs Number of programs and attendance Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The Junior Ranger program has grown in the last four years in response to the higher number of families traveling to Alaska. In 2011, the park opened the Junior Ranger Activity Center in the park-owned Pantheon Saloon building. This facility is designed for families with interactive displays and engaging activities. Adventure backpacks are available on loan for self-guided tours of Skagway. In 2012, 1,800 Junior Ranger Badges were awarded and nearly 15,000 people visited the facility. Children are also awarded Alaska Adventure badges, based on their visits to state public lands. Plans for 2013 are to create an interactive digital Junior Ranger book that will be completed on iPads. Brief - Junior Ranger Day
Special Events Variety and longevity of events, community involvement Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Community outreach for Klondike Gold Rush has grown during the past five years. The park hosts a large annual Junior Ranger Day with more than 250 attending. Several community organizations participate. Additionally, the park Guide Series invites guest speakers from both cultural and natural history experts. Annually, these programs are attended by 300+ local participants and continue to grow.

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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.
Sense of Place Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Authentic Historic Experience Number of visitors provided the opportunity to have an authentic gold rush experience Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Klondike Gold Rush NHP is dedicated to providing an authentic experience for its visitors, allowing them to follow in the footsteps of stampeders of 1898 in their epic journey to the Klondike. The Skagway Historic District, Dyea Townsite, and the Chilkoot Trail all offer visitors unique opportunities to better understand the struggles and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush. Visitors gain a sense of the wild west boomtown while touring the Skagway Historic District, in which nearly 20 buildings have been restored to the gold rush era. Additionally, seven buildings are part of the park's lease-back program where merchants lease the historic buildings. This allows visitors to relive the hustling bustling commercial activity that took place between 1897 and 1899. Beyond the historic district, the park maintains the Chilkoot International Historic Trail, providing a unique recreational opportunity to hike in the footsteps of the stampeders. Well-maintained campsites along the trail are located in original settlement sites and other historic locations are interpreted. The trail begins in Dyea, which is also home to another boomtown site that was abandoned shortly after the gold rush, but its ruins and cultural landscape remain. The park offers recreational opportunities and is completing a site plan for the historic Dyea townsite that will call for expanded interpretive opportunities. All of the 800,000+ visitors are afforded the opportunity to have an authentic gold rush experience.
Brief - Chilkoot Teen Hike
Continuity of Relative Sites Number of partnerships linking gold rush site interpretive opportunities Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Klondike Gold Rush NHP preserves an integral link in a ribbon of sites that connects the places, events and resources of the Gold Rush, extending across the international border from Seattle to Dawson and beyond. KLGO works closely with Parks Canada and our sister site at KLSE providing a continuous link of Gold Rush period sites and opportunities for interpretive activities.

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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.
Interpretive Media -
Brochures, Exhibits, Signs, and Website
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Wayside Signs Condition and currency of signs Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Waysides in the historic district of Skagway were completed in partnership with the BIA and the Skagway Traditional Council and are new and relevant. More are needed to interpret historic buildings such as Jeff Smith's Parlor and the YMCA complex. The Dyea planning process for changes in the district has delayed the installation of new waysides; however, funding is forthcoming. In 2013, the park will install entrance signs in the Skagway Historic District.
Exhibits Gold Rush Exhibits in Administration Building Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Museum exhibits are not ADA/ ABA compliant and are outdated. Funding requests have been submitted and exhibits are scheduled to be replaced within the next few years. Funding for replacement of exhibits and ADA/ABA upgrades has been acquired for the White Pass Railroad buildings in 2013.
Condition of Mascot exhibits Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment. Artifact exhibits in the Mascot building are well kept, relevant and meet visitor satisfaction. However, the interpretive panels are dated and could use improvements.
Condition of Moore House exhibits Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; medium confidence in the assessment. Moore house exhibits are well kept, relevant and meet visitor satisfaction. Access to the exhibits is limited by the building design and reconstruction.
Print Media Accuracy and availability of primary park publications Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park offers a wide variety of accurate and relevant brochures on a variety of natural and cultural subject matters. The division of interpretation staff actively edits, revises, and updates park publications.
Audio-visual Media Orientation films Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. A new award-winning park orientation film was completed in 2009.
Other AV material Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Audio visual exhibits are available in a number of locations and include ambient sounds, portable tablets for Junior Rangers, and Touch Kiosk Visitor Information stations. Plans include development of digital and mobile interpretive products, with funding requests in place for mobile apps and smart phone tours. The park has received funding for developing a pilot audio tour for visitors with low vision.
Websites
  • Currency and scope of website
  • Number of website visitors
Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Visitation to the park website has been declining, but is expected to increase in the next two years to record levels. The park's capacity to provide new web content and podcasts is limited due to lack of appropriate equipment, computers, software, and staff time. A newly formed inter-divisional committee is creating new content.
Social media: Facebook updates and "likes," overall activity Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The park created a Facebook page in 2013 and has updated a Twitter account seasonally since 2011. The park looks forward to success in communicating with a broader audience and refining use of these social media communication methods.

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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.
Recreational Activities Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Trails Trail Use Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The park works collaboratively with Parks Canada to maintain a high level of standards for Chilkoot Trail conditions, safety, and education. 1,995 visitors hiked the Chilkoot Trail in 2012. Day hiking has declined slightly along the lower stretches of the Chilkoot Trail, probably due to fewer commercial "hike and float" trips. The park also offers short hiking opportunities in the historic townsite of Dyea. In addition, cruise ship visitors who book onshore excursions use trails for horse and bike tours in Dyea.
Brief - Hiking Trail Improvement
Camping Percent of satisfied campers Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. The park offers both backcountry and front country camping opportunities. Improvements on the Chilkoot Trail to camping shelters, sites, tent platforms, restrooms, and food storage are on-going. Based on visitor feedback cards and contacts, the percent of campers who are satisfied with camping conditions in Dyea has been high and is likely due to additional maintenance and a stable, friendly camp host and Park Ranger presence.
Commercial Services Number and types of commercial services permits and activities Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Most of the commercial tour operators in the park operate in the Dyea area. The vast majority of visitors are cruise ship passengers who experience the park on biking, hiking, rafting, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding trips. Independent travelers also travel to the park, but in significantly reduced numbers compared to the cruise ship visitors. Vehicular traffic in Dyea includes tour operators permitted by the Municipality of Skagway or operators who transit through the park. This traffic can be heavy and competes with limited space for hikers, bikers and equestrians. The park has taken strides to mitigate increased parking and usage through facilities improvements and staffing.

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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.
Accessibility and Visitor Amenities Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Accessibility ADA / ABA mobility compliance Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Walking tours in the Skagway Historic District are designed to allow visitors with limited mobility to participate, although the sidewalks are boardwalks that limit some visitors. Facilities that are accessible to visitors with limited mobility include the Visitor Center, Trail Center, Moore House, and the Mascot and White Pass Administration building Gold Rush museums. The campground at Dyea is ADA compliant, but the SST restrooms do not meet current code.
ADA accommodations to visual and auditory impairment Condition of resource warrants moderate concern; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Assisted listening and closed captioning are available to all visitors who need it to enjoy the park movie and Chilkoot video. Rangers use voice amplifiers during walking tours of the Skagway Historic District to increase audibility. Some of the museum exhibits are not ADA/ABA compliant because of their placement height. Recent audio improvements have been made in the Mascot Saloon. The park has received funding to pilot an ADA low vision audio tour in the historic district. Improvements are needed to the park website and online videos to make them more accessible.
Public Facilities Percent of visitors satisfied with facilities Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. KLGO offers the visiting public clean and accessible restrooms, picnic tables, special event building use, green space, and benches. KLGO takes pride in maintaining clean, aesthetically pleasing facilities and grounds. Visitor satisfaction surveys routinely score above 95% in visitor satisfaction for clean restroom facilities.
Multi-lingual resources Audio and print materials in multiple languages Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. Brochures are available in a variety of languages: French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. As part of the Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park, materials in the trails center are provided in both French and English to meet Parks Canada language requirements.
Multi-lingual staff Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The park hires German, French, and Spanish speakers each year to staff the visitor center and to provide tours.

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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.
Safety Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Visitor Safety Recordable incidents Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The safety of visitors is a park priority. In 2012 the park recorded two safety incidents involving visitors. The nature of these incidents included a broken humerus and one voluntary evacuation. The park provides safety messages during each walking tour, and park staff provides a comprehensive safety briefing and orientation for permitted hikers prior to their hike and during the Chilkoot Trail evening program. The park works to quickly identify and mitigate potential hazards.
Staff Safety and Training Number of staff trained Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Operational Leadership Training has been completed by all 33 permanent staff and by 22 seasonal staff. Each division prepares Job Hazard Analyses in advance of carrying out work, and takes strides to reduce hazards and injury. Regular safety meetings are scheduled throughout the year. CPR and First Aid training are offered to all staff on a space available basis. Safety messages are delivered routinely via email to all employees.

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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.
Partnerships Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment.
Indicators of Condition Specific Measures Condition Status/Trend Rationale
Volunteers Number and hours contributed Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Significant growth in the volunteer program has been experienced in recent years. 8,443 volunteer hours were contributed in 2012 by 26 volunteers. Volunteers worked on the Chilkoot Trail, assisted with amphibian research, controlled exotic plants on NPS lands, archived artifacts, and greeted visitors at the Junior Ranger Center. The park recently revived the Artist in Residence Program in cooperation with Parks Canada.
Partnerships Number of official and unofficial partnerships Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Klondike Gold Rush NHP works with a wide variety of partners and continues to seek opportunities to develop new partnerships. At least ten partners are represented in long-term informal partnerships and include the Municipality of Skagway (several branches of this local government), Alaska State Museums, Student Conservation, Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, Alaska Geographic, Skagway Traditional Council, White Pass & Yukon Railroad, Alaska State Department of Transportation, Taiya Inlet Watershed Council, and Skagway Arts Council.
Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park Number of partnership meetings for co-management of the trail Resource is in good condition; condition is unchanging; high confidence in the assessment. The successful international relationship between Parks Canada and the NPS is manifested in the co-management of the Chilkoot Trail. The Trail Center with an on-line reservation system and the backcountry operations provide for resources protection and opportunities for public use and appreciation. Meetings are held throughout the year to ensure smooth operations between the parks.
Community Relationships Number of community events participated in, providing leadership and benefits for local citizens Resource is in good condition; condition is improving; high confidence in the assessment. Klondike Gold Rush NHP provides an authentic backdrop for the business community and strives to be a good neighbor. Park staff participates in many community events including the Health Fair, Career Fair, July 4th parade and Yuletide. Cultural Resource staff provides expertise and workshops for historical preservation activities.

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