Research in Yukon-Charley
Information that scientists gather can play an important role not only in how Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is managed, but also in how we manage some of the greater issues that face our planet. Our current understanding of historical, biological, cultural and physical resources has been gained through exploration and research conducted since the late nineteenth century. Most of these research and exploratory activities pre-date this young park, which was established in 1980 with the passage of ANILCA (the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act). Research activities have included institute-sponsored research activities, State of Alaska, other federal agencies, as well as NPS research and monitoring projects.
Information for Prospective Researchers
The deadline for proposals to conduct research in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve each year is April 2 before each field season. An integrated compliance review process assesses the scientific integrity and appropriateness of research activities. The primary compliance requirements that must be addressed prior to project approval include:
A Minimum Requirement Decision Guide determination will assess impacts to National Preserve lands and unique park/local conditions or activities. The Park Integrated Compliance Review Team has found this process to be helpful in mitigating impacts even in an area not designated as Wilderness (Section 4(c) of the 1964 Wilderness Act).
Preparing a Proposal
1) Submit your proposal to the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System. This site requires you to enter basic information regarding your project. You can simply cut and paste material from your proposal into the form. (Please note: You will also be required to upload files into the system. Large documents may crash the system so it is best to remove unnecessarily large images and maps prior to upload, or simply break up your study plan into two or three smaller files.)
2) A set of General Park Conditions are provided on the links on this page.
3) Key things to include in your application:
4) Once you have submitted your proposal, the Research Coordinator at the park will contact you to clarify any questions or problems that might arise. The coordinator will meet with the integrated compliance team (a small group composed of park staff) to determine if your proposal is in line with the NPS mission and the enabling legislation of the park. The coordinator will provide you with updates periodically throughout the process and is the person ultimately responsible for issuing your permit. In general, this process takes four to six weeks.
For more information, please contact:
Documents and Websites Pertinent to Research Activities in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
NPS Research Permit and Reporting System
NPS Nature & Science
NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program
ANILCA, Section 8
NHPA, Section 106
Did You Know?
The 1,000+ mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race travels through Yukon-Charley Rivers and has an official dog drop station at Slaven's Roadhouse along the route.