News Releases

Subsistence Resource Commission Meeting
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet at the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Visitor Center in Copper Center (Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway) on Tuesday, October 11, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, October 12, 2016, to consider a range of issues related to subsistence hunting and fishing in the park. Commission business will include an opportunity to comment on a proposal to change federal subsistence fishing regulations, an opportunity to comment on selected proposals to change State of Alaska wildlife harvest regulations for Unit 12, an update on backcountry and wilderness stewardship planning, and continued work on the subsistence plan. The meeting is open to the public, and public testimony opportunities are provided. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Written comments may also be submitted through the park subsistence coordinator by Thursday, October 6, 2016, for presentation at the meeting. News Release Meeting Agenda
Federal subsistence hunting permits for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve available starting July 25th.
Federal subsistence registration permits for permit hunts in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will be available starting Monday, July 25, at the park's Visitor Center in Copper Center and the Slana Ranger Station. Permit applicants must be federally qualified subsistence users and meet special eligibility requirements for lands managed by the National Park Service. They must have their primary permanent residence in rural Alaska. Official News Release

Plans Announced for 2016 Federal Subsistence Hunt of Chisana Caribou Herd
The hunt will open on August 10 and close on September 30 or when the quota has been reached. Hunters are asked to report back within three days of harvesting an animal or at the end of the season if unsuccessful. The hunt area is Federal public lands in Unit 12 that lie east of the Nabesna River and Glacier and south of the Winter Trail running southeast from Pickerel Lake to the Canadian border. Eligibility for the hunt is limited to permanent residents of Unit 12, Chistochina, Dot Lake, Healy Lake, and Mentasta Lake. Permits will be available starting July 25th at the Slana Ranger Station, the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge office in Tok, and by contacting Barbara Cellarius, Subsistence Coordinator, at 822-7236 or Official News Release
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. Official News Release
Backcountry and Wilderness Stewardship Plan Proposal.
The plan will provide 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 Proposed Action for backcountry and wilderness stewardship is now available for public review and comment. A map showing the area covered by the plan is included in the Proposed Action document. Comments on the Proposed Action will be used to make changes and to develop alternatives, which will then be analyzed in an Environmental Assessment. To access the Proposed Action document, you can go to the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website or you can call or e-mail Bruce Rogers and request a copy at 907-822-7276 or Comments can be submitted in several ways and should be submitted no later than July 30, 2016. Comment Submission deadline extended to August 30, 2016. Official News Release

Federal subsistence fishing permits for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve available starting May 9.

Federal subsistence fishing permits for the Glennallen and Chitina Subdistricts will be available starting Monday, May 9, at the park's Visitor Center in Copper Center and at the Slana Ranger Station.Currently the Visitor Center is open Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Slana Ranger Station is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Permits will be available at the Chitina Ranger Station starting Thursday, June 9.For open hours at the Chitina Ranger Station, please call 823-2205 starting June 9. Official News Release

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. Official News Release

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:

Official News Release

Proposed Herbicide Treatments Targeting Invasive Plants.
The Exotic Plant Management Team at WRST has been documenting and managing invasive plants in and around the park since 2003. Herbicides have been used in WRST since 2011 to control infestations which have not responded to manual control efforts. Proposed Treatment Locations are Park Headquarters and Seasonal Housing in Copper Center, Joint NPS/BLM Maintenance Yard in Glennallen, Ranger Station and Seasonal Housing in Slana, Kuskulana Gravel Pit at Mile 16 of the McCarthy Road. Proposed Application Window May 2nd to September 16th. Official News Release

Wrangell-St. Elias Seeks Comments on Subsistence Cabin Permit Application.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve has received an application from a local resident for a permit for use and occupancy of an existing cabin for subsistence hunting and trapping during the fall and winter. The cabin is located on an un-named lake between the Cheshnina and Kotsina Rivers (Sec. 1, T2S, R5E, Copper River Meridian -- see accompanying map). Before taking action on this proposed permit, federal regulations require notice and an opportunity for public comment. Comments on this request are being accepted through July 20, 2016. See Official News Release to submit a comment and view the map.
Fires Being Monitored in the Copper River Basin
In the last week dry weather and lightning storms have caused a series of wildfires across the Copper River Basin. Multiple agencies are working to aggressively fight fires safely, as well as manage these fires for their natural benefits. These fires will be monitored closely by fire managers to determine if more actions are necessary. Updated News Release
Nugget Creek and Dixie Pass trails temporarily closed to protect the public

Due to aggressive black bear activity in the vicinity, both the Nugget Creek and Dixie Pass trails are closed to public use effective immediately. Visitors and local residents have reported multiple encounters with one or more black bears in recent days. Reports of bear behavior include raiding chicken coops, following people, entering campsites, circling campsites, ignoring common bear deterrent actions, reluctance to depart the area and returning to the trail shortly after departing the area. The trails will temporarily be closed in order to protect the public. Visitors should contact the NPS Visitor Center in Copper Center at 907-822-5237 Official News Release
Wings Over The Wrangells Bird Event
Come experience a family-friendly day of discovery of the birds that make Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve their home! Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy the day! Live Birds-of-Prey on display from 11am to 3pm, Ranger-guided Bird Walk on the Boreal Forest Trail at 11:30am, Live Eagle and Owl presentations at 12:30pm and 2pm, Bird craft activities, scavenger hunt and dissect a real Owl pellet. Call the Visitor Center for more Info (907) 822-7250 Official News Release Event Flyer

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PO Box 439
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway

Copper Center, AK 99573


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