Launching, landing, or operating of drones (i.e., unmanned aircraft) from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service is prohibited
except as approved in writing by the superintendent.
Much of Yukon-Charley National Preserve is eligible wilderness (see map). Under the Wilderness Act, special management considerations apply to all designated and eligible wilderness lands and affect approval of transportation methods, field work timing and frequency, group size and the use of mechanized or motorized tools.
Tips on Planning Research in Wilderness
- Early communication is the single best way to ensure project success. We encourage researchers to contact the preserve to discuss and develop research projects that are consistent with wilderness regulations.
- When completing your permit application, explain why the research needs to be accomplished in the wilderness rather than outside the preserve or in non-wilderness areas. Does the research benefit wilderness or the management of wilderness areas?
- When completing your permit application, consider whether your research may impact wilderness values and describe how you can minimize those impacts.
- Plan to use the least intrusive tools, equipment, and practices to accomplish your research.
- Understand and articulate the scientific and management value of your research.
- Ground disturbance, collections, installations and helicopter use require additional compliance analysis; be prepared to explain your needs in detail and start the permit process as early as possible.
- Make sure you and your crews have the equipment, experience, and training to work in remote areas.
Helicopter use in wilderness requires supplementary compliance analysis to determine if the use is necessary and warranted.
Helicopter use is prohibited in Yukon-Charley National Preserve during subsistence and/or sport hunting seasons from August 10 – September 30.
Native Allotments & Private Inholdings
Numerous Native allotments and inholdings exist throughout National Park Service lands. Be aware that allotments are private land. A National Park Service (NPS) permit does not authorize access to or use of these lands. Researchers are responsible for: 1) knowing land ownership status of all lands within their study area, and 2) obtaining permission to access or use inholdings outside of NPS jurisdiction from respective owners. Furthermore, researchers are responsible for obtaining permission to access or use privately-owned Native Allotments through a 'revocable use permit' - a consultation process mediated through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The BLM website
provides a useful tool for gathering provisional land status information.
All specimens collected within the preserve are the property of the NPS. Regardless of where the collections are stored, they must be properly accessioned and cataloged into the NPS cataloging system. Collection of specimens not specifically authorized on the permit or for private purposes is not allowed. Contact the preserve curator
for additional information.
The collection of certain specimens may require additional federal or state permits. For example, to collect migratory birds, a Migratory Bird Permit must be obtained from the appropriate state natural resource agency or from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is the responsibility of the researcher to apply for and obtain all necessary non-NPS permits.
For More Information
National Park Service
Fairbanks Administrative Center
4175 Geist Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3420