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September 14, 2016
Former Kotzebue Mayor Named NPS Western Arctic Parks Superintendent
Maija Katak Lukin, Maniilaq Association Tribal Environmental Manager, and former Mayor of the City of Kotzebue, has been selected as the new superintendent for the Western Arctic Parklands.

July 26, 2016
Caribou Hunt Closed for Non-Federally Qualified Users
Caribou hunting is closed to non-federally qualified users starting July 1, 2016.

July 18, 2015
Eli River Wildfire Controlled at Noatak National Preserve
Firefighters have contained and controlled the Eli River Fire at Noatak National Preserve. The current size of the fire is 276 acres, based on GPS data collected today.

July 17, 2015
Lightning Sparks Eli River Wildfire in Noatak National Preserve
At approximately 1 am on July 17, 2015 a private citizen from the village of Noatak reported a wildfire in Noatak National Preserve. The lightning-ignited Eli River Fire is located about 15 miles southeast of the village of Noatak.

January 22, 2015
Public Hearings and Comment Period for Compendiums, Including Temporary Wildlife Hunting Restrictions
National Park Service compendiums for Alaska will be open for a 30-day public comment period. A compendium – one for each NPS area in Alaska -- is a compilation of all designations, closures and restrictions adopted under the discretionary authority within the regulations covering national parks.

October 21, 2014
NPS-Alaska Sets Hearings for Sport Hunting Proposals
The National Park Service will hold 17 public hearings this fall on proposed regulations and environmental assessment related to sport hunting in Alaska's national preserves.

September 04, 2014
Alaska Proposes Hunting Regulations for National Preserves
The National Park Service is proposing a permanent federal prohibition on three historically illegal predator hunting practices in Alaska’s national preserves.

July 28, 2014
Wildfire Declared Out
Wildland fire managers declared the lightning-ignited Noatak River fire out July 23, 2014. The fire was located north of the Noatak River and east of Narvakrak Lake. At approximately 700 acres, rain extinguished the fire.

July 16, 2014
Lightning Sparks Wildfires in Noatak
Lightning ignited two new fires in Noatak National Preserve. The Noatak River fire is located north of the Noatak River and east of Narvakrak Lake. This fire was estimated at 300 acres burning in brush and tundra and exhibiting two to four foot flame lengths with 100 percent of the perimeter active. The fire does not pose an immediate threat to life or property, and it is burning in a “limited” fire management unit. Named the Noatak River Fire, it was discovered by a National Park Service ranger flying over the area. The closest structure is 20 miles downriver. The ranger also reported the two-acre Maiyumerak Creek Fire, located west of the mouth of Maiyumerak Creek, which had no smoke observed and is in monitor status.

June 25, 2013
Fire Update
An update on fires in Noatak National Preserve

June 23, 2013
Lightning sparks wildfires in remote northeast Noatak NP
Lightning ignited more wildfires in Noatak NP over the weekend. Two new fires were spotted by an Alaska Fire Service (AFS) detection flight June 22.

June 21, 2013
Lightning sparks wildfires in remote northeast Noatak NP June 21 2013
Lightning ignited two wildfires in the remote northeastern section of Noatak NP.

October 25, 2012
Park Land Cleanup
An unusual litter removal project wrapped up this summer in two National Park Service areas in Northwest Alaska, totaling six tons of debris.

March 26, 2012
Transporter CUA Stipulations
The National Park Service will implement new stipulations for transporters holding a Commercial Use Authorization, CUA, for 2012 - 2013.

February 18, 2011
Superintendent Named for Western Arctic National Parklands
Frank Hays has been selected as superintendent of Western Arctic National Parklands, comprised of four park units including Kobuk Valley National Park.

January 30, 2010
Questions and Answers About Application for Commercial Use Authorization
A few questions about the CUA Application were submitted by the January 28, deadline. Read those questions and the answers here.

January 11, 2010
NPS Announces the Availability of Applications to Offer Transporter Services
Applications are available to offer big game hunter transporter and incidental big game hunter transporter services in Noatak National Preserve. They are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 11, 2010.

January 06, 2010
Northwest Arctic Heritage Center Community Opening
Saturday, December 19, was a big day in Kotzebue, Alaska. Almost 10 years after it was first envisioned, the National Park Service opened the doors of the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center to the community.

October 01, 2009
NPS Decides on Competitive Process for Noatak National Preserve Transporter Permits
The National Park Service has decided to use an open, competitive process to award commercial use authorizations for transporter services in Noatak National Preserve. Eight permits will be available.

January 05, 2009
Comment Period Extension for Cabin Environmental Assessment
The comment period is extended until January 31, 2009, for the Environmental Assessment on the proposed subsistence cabin in the Noatak National Preserve.

November 17, 2008
Proposed Construction of a New Subsistence Cabin in Noatak National Preserve
Environmental Assessment regarding the proposed construction of a new subsistence cabin in Noatak National Preserve.

June 01, 2008
Construction to Begin in July 2008 on the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center
After seven years of planning, construction will soon begin on the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue. Follow the progress as the center takes form during construction.

May 19, 2008
Transporter Limits Set for Noatak National Preserve
Western Arctic National Parklands Superintendent George Helfrich has announced a moratorium on the issuance of additional commercial use authorizations for big game transportation services in Noatak National Preserve.

February 25, 2008
Airborne Contaminants Study Released - Measurable Levels Detected in Alaska National Parks
No abstract supplied.

Last updated: January 5, 2016

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