Katmai National Park and Preserve

Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

Despite Remote Location, Katmai National Park and Preserve Is Economic Boon to Alaska

Despite its remote location in southern Alaska, Katmai National Park and Preserve packs a surprising economic clout for the state, generating nearly $40 million a year, according to a study.

Debris of Plane Missing Over Katmai National Park and Preserve Spotted, No Survivors Seen

Wreckage from a plane that went missing over Katmai National Park and Preserve in August was spotted Tuesday on the park's northern coast. Park Service officials said there was no indication that its four occupants survived the crash.

Thanks Extended For Efforts to Find Plane Missing Over Katmai National Park and Preserve

Nearly a month has passed since a single-wing float plane with four on board vanished over Katmai National Park and Preserve. While the official search has been scaled back, private efforts are continuing to locate the aircraft.

Search Being Scaled Back For Missing Plane Over Katmai National Park

After two weeks of searching without spotting a clue, National Park Service officials on Friday announced that they were scaling back efforts in the hunt across massive Katmai National Park and Preserve for a lost plane and its four occupants.

Search Goes On For Missing Plane Over Katmai National Park

Favorable weather again greeted searchers Thursday as they headed off into the skies over Katmai National Park and Preserve, anxious to find any sign of a plane that went missing nearly two weeks ago.

Cost of Search for Missing Plane Over Katmai National Park and Preserve Approaching $1 Million

A mixed bag of weather Tuesday limited the unrelenting search in Katmai National Park and Preserve for a missing plane and its four occupants, according to National Park Service personnel.

Could Joe Miller Really Force the Federal Government to Hand Over Denali National Park to Alaska?

Alaska's latest political upstart, Joe Miller, wants to go Wyoming Gov. David Freudenthal one better. While Governor Freudenthal had threatened to sell state lands within Grand Teton National Park to the highest bidder, Mr. Miller wants the federal government to turn over all national parks to the Alaskan government.

Updated: Improving Weather Aids in Search for Missing Plane at Katmai National Park

Though good weather returned to Katmai National Park and Preserve on Monday, searchers again failed to detect any trace of a single-engine plane that vanished nine days ago on a flight to retrieve a work crew from a remote shore.

Weather Conditions Continuing To Hamper Search Efforts For Missing Katmai National Park Plane

Shifting weather conditions -- from good to bad to good again -- have hampered search efforts for a plane missing for more than a week over Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Deterioriating Weather Conditions Affecting Search For Missing Plane at Katmai National Park and Preserve

An approaching low front that was spreading clouds and rain across Katmai National Park and Preserve was hampering search efforts Friday for a missing plane and its four occupants.

Search For Missing Plane in Katmai National Park and Preserve Has Covered 17,500 Miles

Searchers returned to the skies over Katmai National Park and Preserve on Thursday as the hunt for a missing plane and its four occupants moved into its sixth day.

Still No Sign of Missing Plane In Katmai National Park After Four Days of Searching

As searchers continued to come up empty in their effort to find a plane with four occupants aboard that vanished on a flight from Katmai National Park and Preserve, officials Wednesday reoriented the searching to a more typical grid pattern.

Search and Rescue Maps from Katmai National Park and Preserve

To get a great idea of how many flights have been made, and what paths those flights took, in the ongoing search for a missing plane over Katmai National Park and Preserve, the National Park Service has posted some maps.

Search For Missing Plane at Katmai National Park and Preserve Enters Fourth Day

Crews headed out for their fourth day of searching Tuesday for a small plane with four aboard that failed to return from a remote shore in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Updated: Searchers Looking for Missing Plane With Park Service Employees Aboard at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Searchers looking for a missing plane with four occupants in Katmai National Park and Preserve focused Monday on a series of river valleys that drain down into Kamishak Bay.

No Sign of German Backpacker Who Went Missing In Katmai National Park and Preserve

A search for a backpacker from Germany who vanished when he tried to retrieve his hiking boots from the Lethe River has been suspended for lack of clues, according to Katmai National Park and Preserve officials.

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker In Katmai National Park and Preserve

A search continued Monday in Katmai National Park and Preserve for a German hiker who vanished from his party in the backcountry.

Should Katmai National Park Replace Its Swikshak Patrol "Cabin"? One Picture Should Answer That Question

Every now and then a project proposed by the National Park Service stands out. That certainly seems to be the case of the proposal from Katmai National Park and Preserve to replace a plywood box long used as the backcountry patrol cabin on the coast of Shelikof Strait with a more weather-proof and comfortable facility.

National Park Quiz 67: Potpourri III

We haven’t had a potpourri quiz since March, so here’s another batch of category leftovers and hard-to fit questions. Hope you find ‘em interesting. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll just look the other way. Everybody deserves a free pass now and then.

Blown Over and Blown Away at Katmai National Park and Preserve

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Katmai National Park and Preserve is a classic example of an Alaskan park—beautiful, remote and limited development. When high winds caused several accidents and stranded tourists, the staff came to the rescue in more ways than one.

Take Care if You're Visiting Alaska National Parks, As Bears Aren't Being Bashful

Two recent bear incidents in national parks in Alaska should send a message to all visitors that they have to be particularly vigilant when traveling in bear country.
Bear-watching in Alaska is a big draw for tourists come summer. This podcast offers pointers on where to go in search of bears, what permits are necessary, and how to stay safe.
Most of us know about Yellowstone National Park and its fuming and sputtering and spouting geyser basins. And Lake Clark National Park and Preserve has been in the news lately with the rumbling and sputtering of Redoubt Volcano. But how many are familiar with the Forge of Vulcan?

Alaska Game Officials Being Asked to Ease Off On Killing Bears and Wolves in National Park Preserves

For many Lower 48ers, the state of Alaska is perceived as a big, raw chunk of wilderness, complete with booming wildlife populations. And perhaps it is, but there's a growing concern that Alaska's wildlife managers are getting carried away with their bag limits on national park landscapes.

28 Years Ago, the National Park System Gained Millions of Acres

Imagine if the National Park System could grow, overnight, by 43 million acres. That's exactly what happened nearly three decades ago in a place called Alaska.

Find Me, Spot. Staying Found in The National Parks

Backcountry rangers in some Alaska national parks routinely signal their position with "Spot," a personal locater beacon that can be used to summon help or to simply let friends know you're OK. Recently, Spot helped rangers find two backcountry travelers in Sequoia National Park who found themselves in trouble.

National Park Quiz 15: Ring of Fire

This week’s quiz tests your knowledge of geologic features and processes in the national parks that lie within the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that rings the Pacific Basin. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you write "convergent boundary" 100 times on the whiteboard.
What, you might wonder, is a bear jam in Katmai National Park and Preserve? To understand this phenomenon, listen to this podcast in which Ranger Michael Glore differentiates between jamming bears and a crush of tourists anxious to see brown bears at Brooks Camp.
If you've ever spent any time fishing, you know how hard it is to reach down and grab a fish with your bare hands. Well, the wolves at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska are pretty gifted when it comes to fishing, as this National Park Service video reveals.
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