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NPS employees ashore in Kenai Fjords National Park. (NPS Photo/ Kent Miller)

The Offices of Resource Stewardship and Science manages and oversees the development of resource management programs through collaboration and coordination of professional staff, scientific and scholarly research, and by providing technical assistance and analysis and evaluation on a comprehensive range of resource management programs and issues including biology, ecology, archeology, history, and preservation.

Contacts for Resource Stewardship:

Cultural Resources/Historic Preservation
The Alaska Region’s team of historians, architects, archaeologists, curators, and anthropologists take part in history and culture projects all over the state. We partner with communities, professionals, and tribal organizations to provide preservation assistance, facilitate research, and participate in community events. The cultural resources team can help with educational materials and events, nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places, archaeological field work, document, rehabilitate, or restore historic structures, and preserve oral history and ethnography.

Natural Resources
The Natural Resource Science Team provides a scientific foundation in support of resource management and policy in Alaska's parks. We provide scientific inquiry, research, policy interpretation, technical assistance, and innovative problem solving for biological and physical resource issues. We focus on climate change, coastal resources, geology and geological processes, invasive species, wildlife habitat and inventory and monitoring.

The Subsistence Management Team helps to protect the opportunity for qualified local rural residents to continue traditional subsistence activities and ensure that these subsistence uses have priority over competing consumptive uses. We are engaged in a variety of subsistence-related activities in addition to the harvest of fish and wildlife. These include access, cabins, use of mineral and plant materials (including timber), customary trade, conflicts between user groups, planning and other resource issues such as commenting on regulatory proposals to the State of Alaska Board of Game and Board of Fisheries. We also provide support to the Federal Subsistence Board and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Subsistence Management.

Shared Beringia Heritage Area
The Shared Beringian Heritage Program resulted from a commitment by Presidents George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev to expand United States and Soviet cooperation in the field of environmental protection and the study of global change. The natural and cultural resources in the area known as Beringia are of international significance and present tangible proof that the North American and Asian continents were once connected by a vast land bridge.

The U.S. Congress agreed that the shared cultural and natural heritage of the Beringia region and the reestablishment of ties between people in Beringia were of primary importance, and in 1991 directed funding to the National Park Service to establish the Shared Beringian Heritage Program. The Beringia Program receives approximately $650,000 on an annual basis.

The Land Resource Program Center (Lands) is a Washington-based office located in the Alaska Regional Office that is responsible for land acquisitions, leasing, right-of-way, land status mapping and recordkeeping, land conveyance review, and other realty services.

If you are trying to reach a specific office or contact, please check our downloadable directory on the Contact Us page.

Last updated: December 14, 2017