Park Planning Listening Sessions

Photo of green tundra valley surrounded by rocky mountains that contain glaciers.

NPS Photo/ Bryan Petrtyl

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will be conducting a series of community listening sessions to gather information from the public regarding land management plans. This effort builds on the park's previous planning efforts for backcountry and wilderness stewardship, but expands the conversation to include frontcountry areas as well. The goal is to broaden understanding of the values, issues, and concerns related to the park and how it is managed. These listening sessions will gather further information from the public to inform appropriate future planning, if any, for frontcountry, backcountry, and wilderness. The listening sessions will also provide an avenue for the public to submit general comments to park management.

Public engagement will include all 23 resident zone communities, 13 of which have federally recognized tribal governments. Park stakeholders beyond the rural communities will be engaged as well. Public meetings will begin during the summer of 2018 and will continue until all surrounding communities have had a chance to meet with Superintendent Ben Bobowski and the planning team. Below is a list of meetings which have already occurred for 2018.

Copper Center
3- 7 pm on June 26th, 27th & 28th
Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center

3-7 pm on June 29th & 30th
Chitina Ranger Station

3- 7 pm on July 11th & 12th
Slana School

McCarthy & Kennecott
4- 8 pm July 26th at Tony Zak Building
4- 8 pm on July 27th at Kennecott Rec Hall

A summary report describing the themes of comments received during the above meetings will be published in the fall/winter 2018, along with a news release indicating the next round of meeting locations. Additional communities where listening sessions will be scheduled include Anchorage, Cantwell, Chistochina, Cordova, Fairbanks, Gakona, Glennallen, Kenny Lake, Mentasta, Northway, Tazlina, Tok, Valdez, and Yakutat.
A news release will come out when these meetings are scheduled.

Please visit the Park Planning website for more information and to submit comments to park management:

To see where listening sessions are scheduled near you, check out this online interactive Map

Last updated: October 25, 2018

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
PO Box 439
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway

Copper Center, AK 99573


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