Wrangell-St. Elias Listening Sessions
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will be conducting a series of community listening sessions. This effort builds on the park's previous planning efforts for backcountry and wilderness stewardship (PEPC 44299), but expands the conversation to include frontcountry areas as well. The goal is to broaden understanding of the values, issues, and concerns related to the park. These listening sessions will gather further information from the public to inform appropriate future planning, if any, for backcountry and wilderness. The listening sessions will also provide an avenue for the public to submit comments to park management.
Public engagement will include all 23 resident zone communities, 13 of which have federally recognized tribal governments. Park stakeholders beyond the rural communities will be engaged as well. Public meetings will begin during the summer of 2018 and will continue until all surrounding communities have had a chance to meet with the superintendent and the planning team. Below is a list of scheduled meeting locations for the summer of 2018 (refer to the News Release under the header "Document List"):
3- 7 pm on June 26th, 27th & 28th
Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center
3-7 pm on June 29th & 30th
Chitina Ranger Station
3- 7 pm on July 11th & 12th
McCarthy & Kennecott
4- 8 pm July 26th at Tony Zak Building
4- 8 pm on July 27th at Kennecott Rec Hall
Additional communities where listening sessions will be held after the summer of 2018 include Anchorage, Cantwell, Chistochina, Cordova, Fairbanks, Gakona, Glennallen, Kenny Lake, Mentasta, Northway, Tazlina, Tok, Valdez, and Yakutat. A separate news release will announce the dates and times for those listening sessions. This project description will be updated with meeting details once they are scheduled. In addition to attending a public meeting, the comment card (refer to under the header "Document List") can be used to submit comments.
Morgan Gantz, 907-822-7213