Applications are being accepted for summer seasonal positions.
The application period is open for summer seasonal positions. Click on the "Employment" link for more information. 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 »
Copper Center, Alaska – On August 28 two hikers on the Tanada Lake Trail surprised a brown bear near the confluence of Tanada Lake trail and Sawmill creek in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.The bear knocked down one hiker, tearing off his rubber boot in the process before bolting out of sight.The encounter occurred so quickly that neither hiker had time to deploy a firearm or bear spray.The hiker's foot was bruised, but he was otherwise uninjured.
Historically high salmon runs in the Copper River watershed may be resulting in an unusually large concentration of bears in the adjacent drainages as they take advantage of the opportunity to fish.Visitors to the area are urged to be extra vigilant in areas around creeks and brush and to exercise caution if entering them.
Unless additional bear encounters occur, the Tanada Lake Trail will remain open, but visitors to the area are asked to report any bear sightings and/or unusual bear behavior to the Slana Ranger Station -- 907-822-7401.
Did You Know?
Steaming Mt. Wrangell, an active volcano, and nine of the 16 highest peaks in the U.S. form the backdrop for the vigorous story of plate tectonics and volcanism still unfolding here.