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Backcountry and Wilderness Stewardship Plan.
The plan provides guidance for all 9.5 million acres of Congressionally designated wilderness in the park, as well as 1.7 million acres of remote backcountry. The comments on the Proposed Action are used to make changes and to develop alternatives, which are then analyzed in an Environmental Assessment.
New Regulations Prohibit Brown and Black Bear Baiting under State of Alaska Regulations in Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve.
As of January 1, 2016, baiting for black and brown bears under State of Alaska regulations is prohibited in Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve. The new National Park Service (NPS) regulations also prohibit taking wolves and coyotes (including pups) from May 1 through August 9 and prohibit using dogs to hunt big game, including black bears.
Campfires must be extinguished before vacating any camp site.
Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused extremely dry conditions in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Recently, park officials have found multiple abandoned campfires that had the potential to escape and ignite a wildfire. Please be aware that ALL campfires must be extinguished before vacating any camp site in the Park.Campfires and the use of gas grills and barbeques at campsites will be permitted until further notice in the Park.

Hovercraft remain prohibited in all Alaska National Parks and Preserves

As the boating and hunting seasons get underway in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and other areas with the National Park System in Alaska, visitors are reminded that a recent court case has not changed the regulations which prohibit hovercraft on navigable waters.

In March, the Supreme Court unanimously decided to return the case of Sturgeon v. Frost to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.Because the court did not invalidate any of the current NPS regulations, the regulation on hovercraft and others remain in effect until a court rules otherwise.More information on the Court's March 22, 2016 decision can be found at:

Last updated: December 28, 2017

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