Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center to close for the winter on Nov. 1st.
Wrangell-St. Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be closed for the winter starting November 1. The visitor center will re-open on April 1, 2015.
The mission of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is to:
Wrangell St. Elias, at 13.2 million acres, was specifically designated to encompass an area large enough to include a diverse range of scenery, high latitude biomes, and landscape level processes where man is considered an integral part of the ecosystem.
Ecosystem integrity and carefully planned public use is essential so there is opportunity for the continuation of subsistence lifestyles, future scientific investigations, interpretation of natural forces, and the inspiration and solitude of wilderness experience for present and future generations.
Compatible public uses and increased access, where appropriate, will be promoted to the extent that the quality of the experience and the natural and cultural resources are maintained.
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This basic mandate is the foundation of all park activities. It has guided all National Park Service Activities and in 1978 the Redwoods Amendment further strengthened it by stating:
The National Park Service develops and implements park management plans and it staffs the areas under its jurisdiction. Its interpretive programs relate the natural and cultural values and historical significance of these areas to the public through talks, tour films, exhibits, publications, and other media. Campgrounds and other visitor facilities are operated to provide lodging, food, and transportation services (usually through concessions) to the visiting public for recreational enjoyment.
For more effective management of the areas under its jurisdiction, the National Park Service is divided into 7 Regions, each of which is administered by a Regional Director. Each park area is usually managed by a Superintendent who reports directly to the Regional Directors Office. In addition, there are two service centers, one in Denver, Colorado, and one in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, both of which are under Center Managers. The Denver Service Center produces planning documents for parks, designs park facilities, and oversees construction projects. The Harpers Ferry Center produces interpretive exhibits, audiovisual materials, and park visitor publications. The Regional Director's report to the Director of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.
Did You Know?
Battling snowstorms during most of her 33-day climb, team leader Dora Keen, along with team member George Handy, was the first to summit 16,390’ Mt. Blackburn. A famous 1912 Saturday Evening Post article, entitled “First Up Mount Blackburn”, was written by Keen shortly following her amazing feat.