Denali National Park: A Resource Assessment

Denali National Park: A Resource Assessment

The Denali National Park and Preserve spans six million acres in Alaska and is home to one hundred and sixty species of birds and thirty-eight mammal species, including wolves, caribou, and grizzly bears. Even though the park is protected to a degree by its remoteness and size, the National Parks Conservation Association has deemed Denali one of the ten most endangered national parks in the country. Denali National Park: A Resource Assessment (13 pages, PDF), part of NPCA's State of the Parks assessment program, reviews key challenges to the continued health of Denali, including the increased use of snowmobiles and the proposed construction of a road or railroad on the park's north side. The report also points out that the park lacks adequate funding to protect its cultural resources, which are largely unexplored and may hold valuable clues to how the Americas were populated, and recommends that Congress appropriate funds for a park archaeologist and curator/archivist.