Three people sit on the side of the trail, overlooking Exit Glacier. NPS photo, 2010.

Kenai Fjords National Park Frontcountry Management Plan

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Kenai Fjords National Park is seeking public input into the development of a frontcountry management plan. The frontcountry area of Kenai Fjords National Park, located around 10 miles northwest of Seward, Alaska, is the most frequently visited and only road-accessible area in the park.

Since the park's establishment in 1980, this area had offered a rare opportunity for visitors to experience a glacier up close. Today, many visitors still come to this destination with longstanding expectations of touching the glacier known as Exit Glacier. However, Exit Glacier has experienced substantial melting due to climate change and has retreated more than 710 meters (about 776 yards) in the last 13 years, such that the glacier is no longer easily accessible.

The National Park Service is seeking public input to guide the development of a new frontcountry management plan that will address management issues triggered by glacial retreat, protect park resources, and expand opportunities for visitors to enjoy an array of features and resources near Exit Glacier. The planning effort is in early development stages and the National Park Service is providing opportunities for the public and local community members to help identify key issues and opportunities, envision what the area might look like in the future, and provide input on a range of potential management strategies. The information gathered in this process will help park planners and managers define a vision for the future of this special place and prioritize potential strategies to guide management in the next 10 to 20 years.


1) Review the Storymap-The public is invited to view a storymap that provides background on the project, provides an orientation to the site, identifies key issues, and includes some preliminary management strategies the park is considering. Find the link to the Storymap by clicking "Links" in the navigation pane on the left side of this page.

2) Attend the Virtual Public Meeting-On February 2, 2022, the public is invited to attend a virtual public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Alaska Time. During the meeting, Kenai Fjords National Park staff will discuss the need for the plan, key issues the plan will address, and potential management strategies. The same 20 minute presentation will be given at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. with time for questions and answers after each presentation. The link to join the virtual public meeting can be found by clicking "Meeting Notices" in the navigation pane on the left side of this page.

3) Share Your Feedback-After reviewing the storymap and/or attending the virtual public meeting, submit comments by clicking "Open for Comment" in the navigation pane on the left side of this page. Comments will be accepted from January 18 through February 18, 2022.

Contact Information

Benjamin Pister, (907) 422-0501