Subsistence is a Way of Life

Subsistence in  Alaska's national parks, monuments and preserves is a way of life that has existed for thousands of years. This way of life continues today in rural Alaska where people rely on fish, wildlife and plant resources for their sustenance and basic needs.

A basket of eggs.
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Three men fishing in a boat.
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A woman prepares salmon for drying
Subsistence in Alaska

NPS units with subsistence activities

Subsistence fish camp

Sport and Subsistence users

A scenic river rushing through a forest

A collection of subsistence photos and scenic Alaska

Two bear cubs enjoy a salmon snack.
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Salmon swim upriver to spawn.

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Dall sheep look out over the mountains

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Last updated: March 4, 2024