Denali Citizens Council follows the actions of several government agencies which influence Denali National Park and its region. Below are some key links that can help you find government information you are seeking.
National Park Service
The National Park Service is obviously the most important federal agency whose actions affect Denali, having jurisdiction over all the land within the national park’s boundaries.
Denali National Park homepage – the homepage for Denali including information for travelers as well as those interested in policy and planning.
Denali Park Planning – updates on current projects and archives of past planning documents including the park’s General Management Plan.
PEPC (Planning, Environment, and Public Comment) – visit this site to read and comment on NPS documents that are open for public comment.
The Denali Borough has become an increasingly influential entity in determining the future of the Denali region north of the Alaska Range and around Cantwell and the Denali Highway.
Denali Borough homepage – from here you can see agendas and minutes for Borough Assembly and Planning Commission as well as review the Borough code of ordinances and read past resolutions and ordinances.
South of the Alaska Range and Cantwell/Denali Highway the “Mat-Su” Borough is the local governing body, and very important for influencing development taking place in south Denali.
Mat-Su Borough homepage – this extensive site connects you with key departments, projects, and other information for the borough.
State of Alaska
The State of Alaska has several agencies which influence the region, and deserves its own page with more information. For the near-term, here are key agency pages to consult.
Division of Mining, Land, and Water – this division of DNR oversees general state land (most state land around Denali is undesignated), mining, municipal land entitlement processing, and state land planning including the Yukon-Tanana Basin Area Plan and Susitna Area Plan.
Division of Oil and Gas – this division has become very important since Usibelli Coal Mine became interested in gas exploration in the Healy area, but applications have been made for areas on the south side of the park too.
Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation – this division manages state parks – including Denali State Park – and state recreation areas – such as the proposed Stampede State Recreation Area.
Department of Fish and Game – this department manages fish and game resources for the entire state, with some rules applying to the harvest and management of fish and game on national park lands as well.
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities – Perhaps no decisions have more profound impacts on Denali than decisions about access. Both northern and central regions of DOT&PF manage transportation facilities in the Denali region. This department also oversees the state scenic byway program that includes portions of the Parks Highway.