Secretary Haaland Visits National Parks and Public Lands in Alaska to Commemorate Earth Week

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Date: Friday, April 22, 2022
Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov

ANCHORING — To celebrate National Parks Week 2022, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland spent several days in Alaska this week celebrating the state’s national parks, public lands and outdoor recreation economy. The visit comes as the Home Office honors Earth Week, a time to renew our collective commitment to protecting our planet for current and future generations.

Yesterday she traveled to Kenai Fjords National Park, where she toured the park, met interior staff and heard about the impact of the worsening climate crisis on the landscape.

Today, Secretary Haaland met with local, elected, and Alaska Native leaders and community members from the North Slope Borough in Utqiagvik. His visit highlighted ongoing efforts to support and invest in sustainable economies across the state. She also took an aerial tour of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and National Petroleum Reserve on Alaska’s North Slope with Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams.

Secretary Haaland’s week-long visit underscores the importance of critical infrastructure investments and funding opportunities that will help ensure communities across Alaska have healthy lands and waters, continued access to outside and the basis of future jobs and economic opportunities.

Nearly $100 million in funding is available this year for Alaska’s national parks, public lands, and essential services, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Bill, and other sources of income in fiscal years 2021 and 2022.

Alaska is set to receive nearly $40 million in transportation improvement funding for several projects through the Federal Lands Transportation Program, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, including projects in Denali National Park Reserve, Sitka National Historical Park and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Reserve.

The National Park Service is using $7.4 million for repair and rehabilitation projects in Alaska. An additional $4.3 million to the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve will replace the headquarters’ visitor center and water treatment system.

Secretary Haaland’s visit also highlighted the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is investing $4.9 million to improve recreation opportunities on public lands, protect watersheds and wildlife, and preserve ecosystems. all over Alaska. From this funding, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve received $3.5 million to acquire private properties that were originally passed on as aboriginal allotments to tribal citizens. The White Mountains National Recreation Area operated by the Bureau of Land Management has received $650,000 to acquire land along the Beaver Creek National Scenic Wilderness Corridor. Katmai National Park and Preserve received a total of $550,000 for land acquisition, and Denali National Park and Preserve received $150,000 for land acquisition.

Learn more about LWCF funding allocations for fiscal year 2022 on the fiscal year 2022 webpage and LWCF funding allocations for fiscal year 2021 on the fiscal year 2021 webpage.

During her trip, Secretary Haaland also focused on additional funding opportunities the state has received. More than $39 million is being provided to Alaska under the fiscal year 2022 omnibus, which also includes:

  • $26.2 million for the Alaska Land Transfer Program
  • $5 million to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people
  • $4.5 million for joint operations for the Alaska Volcano Observatory with the US Geological Survey
  • $1 million in earthquake early warning system

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