September 15, 2016
Contact: John Quinley
, (907) 644-3512
After significant feedback from businesses, guides, and the public about the process and potential outcomes of the mountaineering guide concession contract opportunity at Denali National Park & Preserve, NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has decided that it is in the public interest to cancel the solicitation and to re-solicit a revised business opportunity.
In late April, an announcement was made regarding the completion of the selection process and the upcoming awards. As a result of the cancellation, those offers of concession contracts that the Service had extended to date are null and void.
In order to ensure visitor services are not interrupted, the National Park Service will issue temporary contracts to the six existing concessioners, pursuant 36 C.F.R. § 51.24(a). These temporary contracts will take effect on January 1, 2017 and extend for up to two years. In the new prospectus, the Service will address concerns expressed throughout the process, including those related to franchise fees and enhanced clarity on the financial and Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act provisions. The Service intends to release the new prospectus in the next few months.