Alaska, for most of us, is a far and distant land, one we'll likely never reach in person, but which pulls at the explorer in each of us. Thanks to a collaboration of groups and agencies, from the National Park Service and Alaska Geographic to the National Geographic Society and others, you can explore Katmai National Park and Preserve for the next hour without leaving home.
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Local TV stations have been carrying ads for the new IMAX movie, National Parks Adventure for several weeks now. So when it opened in Salt Lake on Saturday, I was right there in line for tickets.
Concerns over landfill waste, litter, and energy have grown right along with the global population. For the National Park Service, one attempt to address those concerns has been to ban the sale of disposable water bottles in the park system. By using refillable water bottles, you can handle keep the parks a bit cleaner while keeping yourself hydrated.
One of Alaska’s most treasured bear-viewing sites is about to be turned into a destination theme park, sacrificing grizzly bear habitat on the altar of commercial development. After a decade of development planning, EIS and public input, once aimed at major improvements in resource protection, the National Park Service has aborted earlier plans for removal of facilities at Brooks River in Katmai National Park. Protection of a unique population of bears at this premier site is now seriously compromised, going against 50 years of research-based recommendations
National Park Service biologist Grant Hilderbrand discusses the bear collaring portion of the Changing Tides Project, a research project examining the interconnections between intertidal invertebrates, bears and humans in Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks and Preserves.
For the past 10 years, I have been actively engaged in the discussions about the future of Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park and Preserve and whether or how to implement the plan adopted in 1995 to have the federal government pay to move both Brooks Lodge and the National Park Service facilities to the south side of the Brooks River and out of prime brown bear habitat.
With construction expected to start soon on a major development plan for Brooks River In Katmai National Park in Alaska, a former park superintendent fears the Park Service is more concerned with visitation to the area than the bears that rely on its salmon-rich fishery.
National Parks. They are places of wonderment. They spark our curiosity, help us relax, and can keep us in shape. They offer thousands of miles of hiking trails, majestic vistas, deep woods, rushing streams, and quite literally an open-air zoo of wildlife that relies on these landscapes to thrive and, in some cases, merely survive.
Salvage teams hoped to get a chance this weekend to work on recovering a capsized vessel that came aground at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where an oil sheen was seen drifting away from the wreck.
As mountain bikes continue to evolve, they are able to tackle more and more terrain...and are found in more and more places. But at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, officials don't believe bikes of any kind fit in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes and are moving to ban them via an update to the superintendent's compendium, or rulebook.