Kenai Fjords National Park is one of over 400 National Park Service units that, working with other partners, helps safeguard this nation's natural and cultural heritage.
The park was established in 1980, by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to preserve in perpetuity unique fjord and rainforest ecosystems, the vast Harding Icefield, rich and varied marine and terrestrial wildlife, and historical and archeological reminders of the native peoples of the Alaska coast. In addition, Kenai Fjords National Park is mandated to provide for visitor enjoyment and access to the coastal fjords, Exit Glacier, and the Harding Icefield in a manner that maintains them unimpaired for future generations.
Balancing these contradictory missions of preservation and visitor use can be challenging. Park managers work with local communities, state and federal agencies, the general public, and numerous other partners to ensure that visitors can experience Kenai Fjords National Park's incredibly diverse and dynamic ecosystems while keeping the promise of preservation for future generations.