Friday Photos: Happy Anniversary ANILCA

A sea otter at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

A sea otter at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. National Park Service photo.

 

Earlier this month, more than 100 million acres of public land in Alaska shared one common anniversary: On December 2, Lake Clark, Kenai Fjords, and other parks and preserves established through the Alaskan National Interest Land Conservation Act, or ANILCA, turned 32 years old. This federal legislation created ten different national parks and expanded three others in America’s largest, wildest state, including:

  • Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  • Denali National Park
  • Gates Of The Arctic National Park and Preserve
  • Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
  • Noatak National Preserve
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Although ANILCA was controversial when it passed–protesters burned President Carter in effigy and some residents engaged in acts of civil disobedience–this law is now recognized as one of the most significant land conservation measures in America’s history and an enormous contributor to Alaska’s tourist economy.

Here are just a few images of the vast natural wonders protected by ANILCA. Put on an extra sweater and enjoy!

Brown bear hunting for clams at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Brown bear and cub at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

The Holgate Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park
The sand dunes meet the forest at Kobuk Valley National Park
The Johns Hopkins Glacier at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Atigun sheep at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
The big blue sky over Bering Land Bridge National Park
Mountains reflected in a pond at Gates of the Artic National Park

-Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications

About the Author

Editor of Online Communications Jennifer Errick

Jennifer Errick is editor of online communications at NPCA.