Research and Monitoring

The 1916 Organic Act, which created the National Park Service, requires parks "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein." A comprehensive program of scientific research and monitoring is required to ensure that Lake Clark's natural and cultural resources are protected. Some of these studies are focused on specific resource concerns while other studies are broader in nature and intended to better understand the complex ecosystems of this large wilderness park.

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Quality research and monitoring is essential for making informed management decisions in our National Parks.

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NPS Data Store

The Integrated Resource Management Application, more commonly known as IRMA, is the National Park Service-wide repository for documents, publications, and data sets that are related to National Park Service natural and cultural resources. To search for Lake Clark specific documents check "filter by NPS units" and select Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

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Biologist collects a lichen sample.

NPS photo / James Walton

Information for Researchers

Lake Clark offers exceptional research opportunities for scientists from other agencies and institutions. Information on study permit requirements are available at:

Information for Researchers


Research and Monitoring Articles

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    Last updated: February 8, 2021

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