Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
An Alaska man paddling down the Tana River in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska drowned after being thrown out of his packraft, according to park officials.
Did you hear the news? National parks, those wondrous and scenic expanses of Nature's eye candy, those wild and rumpled landscapes that test your skills and will kill you if you're not careful and prepared, or maybe just in the wrong place at the wrong time, are boring. They've been transformed -- or, perhaps, kept since their creation -- as "drive-through museums."
Timing often is happenstance, but with Earth Day arriving next week, word of high mercury levels in fish in national parks from Alaska to Colorado is particularly sobering. In some cases, the levels exceed limits OKed for human consumption.
Just how big is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve? To give you an idea, check out the accompanying map. It shows how Wrangell-St. Elias would swallow a number of parks you might have considered to be large themselves.
In Alaska, where about 80 percent of the landscape has been identified as being permafrost, National Park Service scientists are working with several partners to inventory those lands to better monitor climate-change impacts.
The National Park Service and the Murie Science and Learning Center are seeking applicants for two research fellowships that are available to individuals wishing to conduct research in Denali National Park and Preserve and other arctic and subarctic Alaska national parks.
"Flight following" technology, which can help dispatchers keep an eye on the whereabouts of aircraft, is being required aboard all National Park Service aircraft, or any aircraft carrying Park Service personnel, in Alaska, and soon could be required throughout the National Park System.
Second Round of National Park Service "Centennial Projects" Produces $27 Million Worth of Improvements
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