Nature & Science

Wolf tracks in the sand along the Yukon River

NPS/Josh Spice

The National Park Service recognizes that animal, human, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked and viewed holistically. A healthy ecosystem is a place where people, animals, plants, and natural processes interact in ways that support life within an historic range of variability. The living and nonliving components of the ecosystem are often connected in ways that are obscure or are very complex and unexpected. Science (both western science and local knowledge) is essential in understanding these connections. By focusing research and monitoring on vital resources within an ecosystem, Park biologists and cooperating scientists can provide management with crucial information on current conditions and long-term trends of these vital resources. This will help ensure that the ecosystems are sustained for future generations.

Environmental Factors
Natural Features & Ecosystems
Wildland Fire


Connecting Further

Interested in conducting research in Yukon-Charley Rivers?
Information outlining requirements and considerations for research in wilderness.
Read the Alaska Park Science, a publication of science-related topics from all the national parks in Alaska.

Last updated: November 14, 2022

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

101 Dunkel St
Suite 110

Fairbanks, AK 99701



Contact Us