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With an expected pandemic-caused shortage of tourists at Denali National Park this summer, the Park Service is increasing private vehicle access along the Park Road. The Road will be closed at Savage River, Mile 15 as of June 1, but Denali National Park spokesperson G.W. Hitchcock says people can register online

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A landslide-plagued stretch of the road into Denali National Park has been repaired again. The area known as Pretty Rocks in Polychrome Pass is the location of chronic sloughing caused by climate

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The National Park Service is rescinding a ban within Alaska’s national preserves on some controversial state-snctioned predator harvests. NPS Alaska spokesperson Pete Christian says although practices like killing bears and wolves in dens, run counter to

Sturgeon Wins

Mar 26, 2019
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The US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state controls rivers running through Alaska’s federal conservation lands. In its second consideration of a case filed against the National Park Service by Anchorage resident John Sturgeon, the high court found state rivers are basically exempt from NPS regulation. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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The ongoing partial federal government shutdown is affecting Alaska’s National Parks, and hundreds of NPS employees across the state. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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The National Park Service has again extended the public comment period on a proposed sport hunting and trapping regulatory change. The controversial change proposed for Alaska National Preserve lands would allow state permitted practices like bear baiting, using artificial light to kill bears at den sites, killing coyotes during denning season, and killing of swimming caribou. The techniques were banned by the agency in 2015, and then proposed for re-instatement by the Trump administration. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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There was a fundraiser in Fairbanks last (Thurs) night for a man whose challenge of federal authority over state waters is headed back to the US Supreme Court. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, John Sturgeon of Anchorage is raising money for what’s expected to settle his long running fight with the National Park Service.

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The National Park Service is out with its annual list of temporary restrictions and rules. The compendiums, which are issued by each park unit, contain continuing and a few new regulations, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, one of the new rules would ban certain types of pack animals


Visitors and staff from a private lodge in Denali National Park, were evacuated by air last night after rain swollen creeks blocked vehicle access near the end of the 92 mile Park Road. Park Service spokes woman Kris Fister says the more than 3 inches of rain that fell in the area overnight Thursday transformed two creek crossings.

"What normally are very small streams that do cross the road, Ureka Creek and Friday creek, something that you could easily walk across became raging torrents," she said.

National Parks Prohibiting UAVs

Jun 25, 2014
Greg Walker / University of Alaska Fairbanks

A new National Park Service policy prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft on parks property. The policy is intended to give the agency time to assess the risks and benefits of allowing UAVs on parks land.

On June 20th, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis issued a memorandum directing park superintendents to ban the use of unmanned aircraft in national parks. A spokesman for the parks service, Jeffrey Olson, says the unmanned aerial vehicles being used in national parks are primarily owned by hobbyists for recreation.