Applications are being accepted for summer seasonal positions.
The application period is open for summer seasonal positions. Please click on the "Employment" link for more information. More »
Nabesna Area ORV Regulations Proposed by Wrangell-St. Elias
A regulation package for the management of off-road vehicle (ORV) use in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve was published in the Federal register on Jan. 15. It is available for public review and comment for 60 days. More »
HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER TO REOPEN FOR THE SUMMER
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will re-open on April 1, 2014. More »
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Seeks Candidates for Subsistence Resource Commission
Nominations for candidates to fill upcoming vacancies on the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission are being accepted through March 31, 2014. More »
Hearings Set for Hunting and Domestic Goat Restrictions
The National Park Service is holding public hearings in March on temporary restrictions for certain sport hunting practices in several national preserves in Alaska. WRST will also take comments on a proposal to prohibit domestic goats. More »
Training Patrol and Blog Relaunch
June 26, 2012
The Backcountry Blog and the staff took a bit of a hiatus over the winter but we are all back now looking forward to another season at Wrangell St Elias. We have converted to a new (and hopefully better) system for this blog so stay tuned as we work out some of the kinks.
The Backcountry Season has had a really slow start this year. We had a very cool spring and the snow has lingered in the mountains several weeks longer than normal. It is almost July and we are just starting to see some of the higher airstrips melt out and dry up enough to land on.
The Backcountry Staff completed a training patrol for new staff members at the beginning of June. We patrolled the Lost Creek to Trail Creek route off the Nabesna Rd. The patrol ran smoothly and we spent some time learning about backcountry communications, bear safety, good camping techniques, river crossing procedures, and proper post-holing ettiquette. We ran into significantly more snow than anticipated.
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Did You Know?
The Baneberry, also known as Snakeberry or Doll’s Eyes, produces berries that are extremely toxic. Ingestion of as few as 6 berries has been known to cause the death of a small child. Interestingly, birds are wholly unaffected by the toxin.