Denali National Park

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Denali Borough and Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, USA
Park Size:
The national park is over 6 million acres
Visiters Per Year:
1,178,745 (in 2005)
Region Of US:
North West United states in the Interior of Alaska
Snow can come anywhere in Denali at any time of the year. Average summer temperatures range from 33 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters can be extremely cold with temperatures ranging from 40-below to 20-above zero on warm days.
Popular Sites In Park:
Mount McKinley America's tallest peak, this 20,320-foot mountain is the most famous part of this national park.

Denali as seen from the park road
Denali as seen from the park road

History: Toklat River is one of the most impartant places in Denali. It was the location where naturalist Charles Sheldon built a cabin and was
so moved that he wanted to preserve the land. In order to do so Sheldon moved back east and spent nine years trying to create Alaska’s first
national park. The park was established as Mount McKinley National Park on February 26, 1917. It was renamed in 1980 to Denali, which
means “the great one.” Denali is a historic site because it is the first park to conserve wildlife. Scientists have also discovered signs and
footprints of dinosaurs. It is mostly a natural site even though there is one road allowing tours and hikers to travel through. Park staff contol the
human footprint by using strict regulations and not altering the norms of the animals and wildlife.

Environmental Issues: There are very few human-caused environmental issues throughout the whole 6 million acres of the park,
Alpine forest and lakes in Denali
Alpine forest and lakes in Denali

and the existing problems are minor. The air quality inside of the Denali National Park and Preserve is exceptionally good. Denali
has been recorded with some of the cleanest air in the country. Still, there are small amounts of pollution in the park. People have
figured out that the pollution in the park comes from European and Asian industrial sources. These pollutants travel through the
Arctic regions through what is called the “arctic haze”. In the future, Denali’s air may rely on international environmental policies,
not just rules that are only in the USA. Fires can rage through the forest of the park, but these help plants that rely on fire to grow,
and these plants help to have a healthy ecosystem to grow. Exotic plants might also grow to become a problem in the park
someday. The main reason that Denali doesn’t have many exotic plants is because of its climate. Only the circumpolar plants,
which are accustomed to the region, are able to live in interior Alaska. Other plants have not yet adapted to the climate Denali
National Park experiences. Another factor that protects the park is that Alaska has an ecosystem that is not affected by any
human activity, such as livestock grazing. Overall, the subarctic biome that Denali is in is extremely environmental friendly,
and the park is one of the last true wildernesses in the world.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park

For a list of species in Denali click here

Recreational Activities:
Denali seen from the Denali Highway
Denali seen from the Denali Highway

Dall Rams
Dall Rams

Moose and two calves
Moose and two calves

Works Cited:

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