View Full Version : Some history of aircraft access to Alaska national parks

Christina Young
09-25-2006, 10:45 PM
I ran across this interesting read: http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/norris1/chap6d.htm


Members of the park's SRC, obviously miffed at both of the Interior Department's decisions, charged that the NPS hoped to "run the Alaska parks as they do in the lower 48" by "eliminat[ing] use of the Parks and Preserves by people as much as possible;" furthermore, it wanted to "restrict human use and participation to small segments of lands, located adjacent to the road system, where every move by humans is regimented and well regulated."

SRC = Subsistance Resource Council. The quote above refers to the Wrangell-St Elias SRC, which was chaired by Bill Ellis at the time.

This is from back in the 1980's, but I see that the fundamental objective of the NPS seems to remain the same, remove all people access from the parks in incremental steps via new "management plans" every few years.

09-26-2006, 12:58 AM