Kennecott Operations Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to revise the 2001 Interim Operations Plan for the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark (NHL). The Interim Operations Plan was written to develop management strategies for the NPS at the Kennecott National Historic Landmark in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Such a plan became necessary when the NPS acquired the privately owned site in June 1998. The Kennecott site, mined for its copper in the early 1900s, is in the center of the park, approximately 5 miles from where the McCarthy Road ends at the Kennicott River. The NPS acquired 2,839 acres, including much of the historic mill town, the subsurface rights to the mine, and the surrounding natural area.
The 2001 Interim Operations Plan was intended to provide guidance for management of the NHL for a five-year period. A revision is needed to document the work that has been accomplished at the site in the last 10 years and to address new issues. A revised plan will describe NPS goals for management of the site and will present the NPS vision and specific recommendations for structural stabilization, circulation and access, vegetation management, interpretation, and partnerships. Included under structural stabilization will be the proposal to stabilize and repair the two most iconic buildings in the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark: the 14-story Concentration Mill and the 23,000 square foot Leach Plant. The NPS also plans to abate known hazardous asbestos; install fire protection; and replace a deficient potable water system.
The revision of the Interim Operation Plan will be accompanied by an Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will consider the environmental effects of a range of alternative actions proposed within the revision.
Bruce Rogers, Planner
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
PO Box 439
Copper Center, Alaska 99573
Phone: (907) 822-7276