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Wrangell – St Elias National Park & Preserve News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Wrangell – St Elias National Park & Preserve - News section for more.

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Superintendent’s Compendium Changes

    January 20, 2023 | 4:20 pm

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is seeking comments on proposed changes to the Superintendent’s Compendium. The compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under the discretionary authority of the park Superintendent. It is updated annually and is a written compilation that addresses designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions and/or specifications. The Compendium, as part of the park-related regulations, helps provide for the use, enjoyment and protection of Alaska's National Parks.

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  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Seeks Candidates for Subsistence Resource Commission

    November 23, 2022 | 8:04 am

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is accepting applications through January 30, 2023, for seats on the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC). The SRC provides a venue for local subsistence users to provide input into the management of subsistence resources in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. It was established under the provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) and charged with recommending a program for subsistence hunting in the park.

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  • Plans Announced for Winter Federal Subsistence Moose Hunt in Portion of Unit 11

    October 20, 2022 | 9:13 am

    Plans for the winter federal subsistence hunt for moose in a portion of Unit 11 were announced on October 20 by Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Superintendent Ben Bobowski, the designated federal manager for the hunt. For the 2022-23 hunt, the harvest quota is 7 bull moose. The hunt will open on November 20 and close on January 20 or earlier if the quota has been reached. Hunters are asked to report back within three days of harvesting an animal or at the end of the season if unsuccessful. For recorded information about the status of the hunt, hunters can call (907) 822-7203.

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  • Heather Yates Selected as Chief Ranger

    October 19, 2022 | 9:51 am

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (WRST) is pleased to announce that Heather Yates has been selected as Chief Ranger.

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  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Lifts Nugget Creek Trail Closure

    September 24, 2022 | 8:58 am

    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve has lifted the September 12th closure of a section of the Nugget Creek Trail off the McCarthy Rd. It was closed due to a bear-cached moose carcass on the trail.

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  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Encourages Aviation Safety after Recent Crashes

    September 20, 2022 | 11:11 am

    Wrangell-St. Elias reported a fourth aircraft accident in the National Park and Preserve in a news release dated September 6th, exceeding an annual average of two -three plane crashes a year. Three additional accidents near the Fosse, Cooper Pass, and Cottonwood Creek in recent days take the total number of crashes in the Park and Preserve up to seven this year. None of these accidents have resulted in human fatalities or major injuries, fortunately, but they are still cause for concern.

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  • Wrangell-St. Elias Subsistence Resource Commission Announces October 3-4 Meeting

    September 16, 2022 | 9:18 am

    The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet by teleconference on Monday, October 3, and Tuesday, October4, 2022, to consider a range of issues related to subsistence hunting and fishing in the park. These are the alternate meeting dates published in the Federal Register.

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  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Closed Section of Nugget Creek Trail Due to Bear Activity

    September 12, 2022 | 6:15 pm

    Nugget Creek Trail off the McCarthy Rd is closed at the 12- and 13-mile sections due to a bear-cached moose carcass on the trail. These sections of trail are closed until it is confirmed the carcass has been consumed and the bear is no longer utilizing the area.

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  • Plane Crash at Jakes Bar Airstrip in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

    September 6, 2022 | 10:14 am

    On September 3, 2022, the National Park Service (NPS) was notified of a plane crash at the Jakes Bar airstrip in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve involving a Cessna 180. They were picked up by a friend on Sunday, September 4 and transported back to Anchorage.

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  • Plane Crash and Rescue Near Ptarmigan Lake in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

    August 8, 2022 | 5:29 pm

    Alaska State Troopers and NPS dispatched aircraft to the scene and verified that the pilot and passenger were ambulatory but determined that a helicopter rescue was needed.

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