Compendiums for Alaska

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A visitor filling out a registration form at Lake Clark National Park. (NPS Photo - Kent Miller)
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    A National Park Service Ranger from Lake Clark at a community gathering. (NPS Photo - Kent Miller)

  • A visitor filling out a form

    A visitor filling out a registration form at Lake Clark National Park. (NPS Photo - Kent Miller)

  • Lake Clark Natioanl Park. (NPS Photo - Kent Miller)

    Lake Clark Natioanl Park. (NPS Photo - Kent Miller)

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    Lake Clark National Park Rangers. (NPS Photo - Kent Miller)

What is a compendium ?

A compendium is a written compilation of designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Regulations for national parks are in 36 CFR and 43 CFR. For example, 36 CFR Section 2.21 (a) states, "The superintendent may designate a portion of a park area, or all or a portion of a building, structure or facility as closed to smoking when necessary to protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, or prevent conflicts among visitor use activities." This designation is placed into the park's compendium.

Compendiums have always been a tool to help manage Alaska's national parks. The compendium, as part of the park-related regulations, helps provide for the enjoyment, use and protection of our national parks.

Why is there a need for public involvement?

Public involvement improves the compendium development process by giving the National Park Service (NPS) the opportunity to be responsive to the public's ideas and concerns, to involve the public cooperatively in generating alternatives and to educate the public about the compendium. The result is a better compendium that benefits both the park and the various publics that use the park.

How often is a compendium revised?

A compendium is updated at least annually. Depending on events and issues, it may be updated more frequently. In some cases, a review may indicate that no changes are needed.

What will happen to my comment?

Comments NPS receives from the public will be considered by each park in the annual update of its compendium. It should be remembered that the information received only represents the people who responded. Also, public involvement is not a voting process. The results of the public comments will be used, along with the analysis of other information and data gathered, including input from the state of Alaska, to complete the compendium. Commenting is your opportunity to influence the management of the national parks in Alaska. Comments will be addressed in a preamble to each park's final compendium. Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review. Individual respondents may request confidentiality, which we will honor to the extent allowable by law. If you wish to withhold your name or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or business, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.

When is the compendium period open?

Comments on the proposed changes will be accepted by mail or electronically on PEPC between January 15 and February 15. Comments are welcome at any time in addition to this timeframe, but comments received after February 15 will be considered in future revisions.

Are the parks' current compendiums available?

Current park compendiums can be found on the current compendiums webpage.

How can I view the proposed changes?

The proposed changes can be viewed during the comment period. If it is during that period (see below), then there is an active link below.

The National Park Service is committed to making all practicable efforts to make the park compendiums accessible and usable by all individuals. If you require assistance please call 907-644-3510.

Where do I send my comments?

Individuals may submit comments online at

Comments will also be accepted by mail at:

National Park Service, Attention Compendiums, Alaska Regional Office, 240 West 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501.

Comments will also be accepted by hand delivery to your local park office. 

Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any way other than those specified above.

Proposed Changes for 2017


Last Updated: February 16, 2017