Western Arctic National Parklands

map showing Western Arctic National Parklands (WEAR). Cape Krusenstern National Monument to the west and Noatak National Preserve to the north of Kobuk Valley National Park in the east
Western Arctic National Parklands

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In 1980, as part of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the U.S. Congress established Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Noatak National Preserve, and Kobuk Valley National Park. These three areas contain unaltered landscapes, vast populations of animals and plants in intact ecosystems, and archeological sites dating back to the first habitation of North America.

As with other NPS-managed lands, Congress set aside the areas for their preservation and enjoyment short of the point of impairment. ANILCA permits some uses that would not be permitted in most other NPS areas, particularly sport hunting in Noatak National Preserve and subsistence uses by local residents in all three areas.

These three units are distinct in character but united in their interrelated resources and values. Resources and values include the natural, geological, historical, archeological, recreational, educational, cultural, scenic, and scientific. Today, they are managed by the National Park Service collectively as Westem Arctic National Parklands. They provide residents with the opportunity to maintain a subsistence way of life as an integral part of a dynamic ecosystem.. They provide all people with the chance to enjoy a variety of activities --boating, sport fishing, hiking, winter travel --in true wilderness.

We, the staff of Western Arctic, are committed to cooperative stewardship for the conservation and understanding of Northwest Alaska's natural and cultural resources. We work cooperatively with the Inupiat people, local communities and governments, landowners, and other land management agencies to ensure the perpetuation of resources both within and around the parks. We provide excellent public service and hope to inspire others to join us as partners in our mission.

Last updated: November 8, 2018

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Kotzebue, AK 99752


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