Public Hearings and Comment Period for Compendiums Including Temporary Wildlife Hunting Restrictions

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Date: January 15, 2015

Alaska National Parks News Release

For Immediate Release:January 15, 2015

Contact: Rebecca Talbott,, 907.644.3371

Public Hearings and Comment Period for Compendiums 
Including Temporary Wildlife Hunting Restrictions

National Park Service compendiums for Alaska will be open for a 30-day public comment period. A compendium –one for each NPS area in Alaska -- is a compilation of all designations, closures and restrictions adopted under the discretionary authority within the regulations covering national parks. This regulatory tool helps manage Alaska's national park areas for the public's enjoyment, use and protection.

Only a handful of changes are proposed in this year's compendiums. These include:

  • A prohibition on the use or possession of domestic goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas or related animals, which are sometimes used for packing or as pets. Wildlife biologists have found there is a significant risk of disease transmission from these domestic species to Alaska's Dall's sheep, mountain goat and other ungulate populations.
  • A prohibition on the use of bicycles in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes in Katmai National Park due to the potential damage of sensitive soils that are home to cyanobacteria, lichens and mosses.
  • Several national preserves are incorporating temporary wildlife sport hunting restrictions into their compendiums. These are generally identical to provisions in earlier compendiums.

A written copy may be requested directly from the park or the National Park Service, 240 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK99501, Attn:Compendium. Each park's proposed 2015 compendium is available at Copies are also available at park offices around the state.

Comments will be accepted by mail or on-line betweenJanuary 15 and February 15, 2015. Comments are welcome at any time in addition to this timeframe, but comments received after February 15will be considered in future compendium revisions. Electronic comments should be submitted by using the link at the website listed above. Email comments will not be accepted.

NPS units which are proposing restrictions on sport hunting in national preserves will also hold open houses on a wide range of topics;incorporated into those meetings will be a public hearing where participants can comment on the proposed sport hunting restrictions. The meetings are set at the following locations:

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Wednesday, January 21, 7-8:30pmEagle School

Denali National Preserve
Denali Park:  
Thursday, January 22, 5-7pmMurie Science and Learning Center

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Monday, January 26, 6-7:30pm214 Front Street, Beringia Room in Nome 

Gates of the Arctic National Preserve
Monday, January 26, 5:30-7:00pmBettles Ranger Station

Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve
Copper Center:  
Tuesday, January 27, 4-6pm, Wrangell-St. Elias Headquarters Administrative Building. Also available by teleconference -- contact Barbara Cellarius for call-in information at 907-822-7236 or e-mail us. 

Lake Clark National Preserve
Port Alsworth:  WednesdayJanuary 28, 6-7:30 pm, NPS Visitor Center

Katmai National Preserve
Aniakchak National Preserve

Naknek:  Monday, February 9, 7-9pm, Naknek Native Village Council Building (Dolly's Hall)

Noatak National Preserve
Kotzebue:  Wednesday, February 11, 6-7:30pm, Heritage Center

Dial In Teleconference                  
Thursday, January 29, 12-2pm, 1-888-957-9843. Passcode:  6859267

Participants in these public hearings are also invited to comment on proposed permanent National Park Service regulations, which cover some related sport hunting issues as well as procedural changes for future closures. The NPS conducted 17 public hearings on the proposed regulations in fall 2014. In response to several requests, the comment period is being re-opened, concurrent with the comment period on the superintendent compendiums. Information about the proposed regulation, and other ways to comment on it, is available at


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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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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