Climate Change

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August 20, 2013. Photo pair shows retreat of Hoffman Glacier, growth of vegetation on deglaciated area, and upslope advance of vegetation on talus slopes.
Credit: NPS/R. Karpilo & S. Venator.

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1898.  View southwest down valley from Long Hill.
Credit: Yukon Archives, Anton Vogee Collection fonds, #311

"I believe climate change is fundamentally the greatest threat to the integrity of our national parks that we have ever experienced." 

- Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service Director

National park sites have preserved some of the best, most special, wildest places across the United States.  Now parks across the country are being affected by global climate change. 

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Climate Change at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Even a historical park like Klondike Gold Rush is seeing the effects of climate change.

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Climate Change in the National Parks

Described as "America's best idea," national parks have set out to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources throughout the United States. Explore the NPS climate change site to see how we're tackling this dynamic challenge.

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North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative
One of 22 landscape conservation cooperatives established by the Department of the Interior, the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NPLCC) encompasses coastal areas of northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. NPLCC works with local, tribal, universities, non-profit partners, and more to address broad-scale conservation issues including climate change.


How is climate change affecting Alaska?

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    Last updated: January 3, 2020

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    Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
    P.O. Box 517

    Skagway, AK 99840


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