The National Park Service recognizes that animal, human, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked and are viewed holistically. A healthy ecosystem is a place where people, animals, plants, and natural processes interact in ways that support life within an historic range of variability. The living and nonliving components of the ecosystem are often connected in ways that are obscure, or are very complex and unexpected. Science (both western science and local knowledge) is essential in understanding these connections. By focusing research and monitoring on vital resources within an ecosystem, Park biologists and cooperating scientists can provide management with crucial information on current conditions and long-term trends of these vital resources. This will help ensure that the ecosystems are sustained for future generations. Select 'Vital Resources' marked in red for information, videos, and links to additional resources.

Ecosystem Vital Resources
For information, videos, pictures, and additional resources select  a "Vital Resource" marked with a red circle.
Dalls SheepFireBirdsBrown BearsVegitationPeoplePermafrostCaribouLandscape Dynamics

Last updated: April 14, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 30
Bettles, AK 99726


(907) 692-5494

Contact Us