WRANGELL ST ELIAS SUBSISTENCE RESOURCE COMMISSION TO MEET IN CHISTOCHINA
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet at the Chistochina Community Hall on Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, to consider a range of issues related to subsistence hunting and fishing in the park. More »
WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS TO CLOSE HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER FOR THE WINTER
Copper Center, AK – The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will be closed for the winter beginning November 1. More »
Rangers Help with Mining Clean-Up
July 23, 2011
Wrangell St Elias National Park has a long history of mining. These mines were scattered throughout the park and ranged in size from one man prospects to the huge complex at Kennecott. Many of these old sites were abandoned when it became apparent that they would not be profitable. As a result there is a large amount of abandoned mining equipment and supplies spread throughout the park. Most of this equipment has become part of the rich mining history of Alaska and is being preserved in place.
Unfortunately some of the items left behind by the miners are hazardous to the environment
The Alaska Region has been working with the staff at Wrangell St Elias to remove some of this hazardous waste. Most of what we are removing is old fuel barrels. I recently had the opportunity to help with this cleanup project. I visited two different sites collecting debris and piling it up to be slung out by helicopter. I also helped out with a helicopter sling operation that brought 13 barrels of fuel out of the backcountry. The full barrels weighed over 1000 pounds apiece.
This assignment was a little different than my normal backcountry patrols, but it was great to help clean up the park.
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Did You Know?
The Copper River, which deposits 75 million tons of sediment annually into its delta and the Gulf of Alaska, has built up a layer of silt 600 feet deep. During summer months, the daily sediment transport can be 750,000 cubic feet, one of the largest river sediment loads known.