Current Natural Resource Projects

several muskox standing in a tundra area
Muskox live in the tundra habitats within several northern Alaska parks, including Kobuk Valley National Park.

The National Park Service is actively engaged in natural science to inventory, understand, monitor long-term trends, and protect natural resources within Alaska parks. NPS employees and partners study the geology, chemistry, biology, and ecology of parks to support scientifically-backed management decisions. Researchers go to remote areas and endure sometimes rugged conditions to better understand the environment and wildlife of Alaska's national parks.

Featured Projects

Climate Change Response

In 2010, the National Park Service adopted the Climate Change Response Strategy. Goal one of this strategy is to use the best available scientific data and knowledge to inform decision making about climate change.

Peregrine Falcon Research in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Research in peregrine falcon populations in the Yukon River corridor has been ongoing for -- years. The healthy population has rebounded since near extinction in the 70s, but recent analysis finds rising levels of mercury.

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Dall's Sheep

Recent surveys by researchers in the Arctic parks show Dall's sheep are recovering from a decline in the 1990's.

Fossil Records in Denali

A team recently discovered hundreds of new dinosaur and fossil bird tracks this summer in Denali National Park and Preserve. Though well known for its wildlife and being the home of Mt. McKinley, these new fossil discoveries establish Denali National Park and Preserve as a major paleontological park by preserving such a rich and diverse fossil record.

Last Updated: October 23, 2013