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The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to revise the 2001 Interim Operations Plan for the Kennecott National Historic Landmark (NHL).
The Kennecott site, mined for its copper in the early 1900s, is in the center of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, approximately 5 miles from where the McCarthy Road ends at the Kennecott River. In 1998, the NPS acquired 2,839 acres, including much of the historic mill town, the subsurface rights to the mine, and the surrounding natural area.
The revision of the Interim Operations Plan will be accompanied by an Environmental Assessment. As part of the on-going public scoping for the project, the NPS will hold a public meeting at 7:00 p.m. February 23 at the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage. The meeting will begin with a presentation by Steve Peterson, Senior Historic Architect for the Alaska Region of the National Park Service. Steve will present a Kennecott overview, including background leading up to the NPS acquisition, NPS stabilization and restoration accomplishments to date and proposed stabilization projects for the site. Following Steve's presentation will be an update on the proposed revision of the Kennecott Interim Operation Plan, past planning efforts on the site, and how the two are related. These presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.
For more information, contact Bruce Rogers at 907-822-7276.