Subsistence in Wrangell-St. Elias
A Way of Life
Alaska Natives have used these resources for food, shelter, clothing, transportation, handicrafts and trade for thousands of years. Other residents living in rural Alaska depend on local harvests as reliable and economic food sources. For many, subsistence is more than just about economics. It is about who they are; it is a way of life.
The park along with Alaska Department of Fish and Game have surveyed local area residents to determine the harvest of subsistence resources. The findings include:
Subsistence Harvests and Uses of Wild Resources in Chistochina, Alaska, 2009 (pdf format, 290 KB)
Subsistence Harvests and Uses of Wild Resources in Kenny Lake/Willow creek, Gakona, McCarthy, and Chitina, Alaska 2012 (pdf format, 594 KB)
You can find complete reports on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
As long as resources and their habitats are maintained in a natural and healthy state, traditional subsistence hunting and fishing are allowed in the park and preserve. Additionally, ANILCA provides that rural residents with knowledge of local conditions should have a role in the management of subsistence resources on public lands.
Promises to Keep
For specific information, click on the following links:Subsistence Eligibility
Subsistence Resource Commission
Last updated: January 17, 2018