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NPS Land Protection Comment Extension

The National Park Service is extending the public comment period for draft land protection plans for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, and Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.

The plans are open for public comment through August 12.

Land protection plans are required for all National Park System areas that contain private or nonfederal lands or interests within their boundary. The plan articulates what lands or interests in land the park may have and what means of protection are available to achieve the purposes for which the unit was created. A land protection plan is not an offer to purchase land, nor does it diminish the rights of non-federal landowners. The plan is intended to guide the park's land protection activities subject to the availability of funds and other constraints.

Most Alaska parks developed a land protection plan in the mid-1980s as part of their broader general management plans, although Lake Clark did not have such a plan. Most Alaska parks, including Gates of the Arctic and Lake Clark, have a significant amount of non-federal land within their boundaries. The non-federal lands are a mix of small Native allotments and individual holdings, and typically larger tracts of land owned by Native corporations or the State of Alaska.

Comments may be made in writing to the Alaska Regional Office at the address below or by following the links to Lake Clark or Gates of the Arctic on the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/publicHome.cfm

National Park Service - Alaska Region
Joan Darnell, Team Manager
Environmental Planning and Compliance
240 W. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, Alaska, 99501
(907) 644-3526

For additional information on Land Protection Plans for Alaska’s national parks, please contact Chuck Gilbert at 907-644-3426 or Joan Darnell at 907-644-3526.

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