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.
Cultural Resources Research
Cultural anthropologists and historians identify, document, and interpret ethnographic resources. Recent projects in the park include:
Natural Resources Research
Geologists, botanists, fisheries and wildlife biologists, and other scientists conduct research that assists park managers make informed decisions. Learn more about recent projects:
Long-term Ecological Monitoring
The Southwest Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network (SWAN) is one of 32 networks across the United States that furthers the National Park Service's strategy to improve park management through greater reliance on scientific information. The SWAN establishes and provides long-term ecological monitoring of a variety of natural vital signs.
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.
Alaska Park Science
Alaska Park Science is a semi-annual journal that shares what we are learning in Alaska's national parks through the study of their vital cultural and natural resources. Browse Alaska Park Science issues about Lake Clark.
Information for Researchers
Lake Clark offers exceptional research opportunities for scientists from other agencies and institutions. Information on study permit requirements are available at:
Last updated: September 8, 2016