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Denali National Park, Alaska

15610 Vaughn Road
Denali National Park, AK 99755
Phone: (907) 683-9532
Description: Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands. Website

Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

P.O. Box 30
Bettles, AK 99726
Phone: (907) 692-5494
Description: There are no roads in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Owing to its remoteness and lack of supportive infrastructure, the park is the least visited national park in the U.S. Website / Directions

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826
Phone: (314) 655-1600
Description: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve lies west of Juneau, AK and can only be reached by plane or boat. The only road merely connects the small town of Gustavus and its airfield to park headquarters at Bartlett Cove (10 miles). Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage. Website

Katmai National Park, Alaska

1000 Silver Street
King-Salmon, AK 99613
Phone: (907) 246-3305
Description: Katmai National Park and Preserve is an American national park and preserve in southern Alaska, notable for the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and for its brown bears. The park and preserve encompass 4,093,077 acres

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

PO Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664
Phone: (907) 422-0500
Description: Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet. At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature.

Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska

PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752
Phone: (907) 442-3890
Description: Kobuk Valley National Park is an American national park in the Arctic region of northwestern Alaska, located about 25 miles (40 km) north of the Arctic Circle.

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

PO Box 226
Port Alsworth, AK 99653
Phone: (907) 644-3626
Description: No roads lead to the park which can only be reached by boat or small aircraft, typically floatplanes. The major settled area in the park and preserve is Port Alsworth on Lake Clark.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway
Copper Center, AK 99573
Description: The park and preserve form the largest area managed by the National Park Service with a total of 13,175,799 acres. The park's extreme high point is Mount Saint Elias at 18,008 feet, the second tallest mountain in both the United States and Canada.

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Redwood poaching spreads to national forests

Redwood burl poaching spreads from national park to national forests
By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press Writer

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The poaching of knobby growths on ancient redwood trees has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon.The growths, known as burls, appear at the base of redwood trees, where they send out sprouts. Their intricate grain is prized for furniture and decorations. Read more

State Parks Foundation

The America's State Parks Foundation is the Nationwide Voice for America's State Parks. Our state parks comprise 14 million acres of public open space and host over 720 million visits annually, generating over $20 billion in economic benefits to states and communities, conserving and protecting irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, and promoting healthy outdoor life styles and experiences for all Americans. The America's State Parks Foundation is the only national-level non-profit whose sole purpose is to advance the missions and purposes of America's State Parks.

The Mission of the America's State Parks Foundation is to promote the value of America's State Parks, for environmental stewardship, for health and well-being of Americans and for economic development; and to energize the State Park Movement working in collaboration with state park agencies, their non-profit partners and other allies and supporters of parks, conservation and preservation in America.

List of national parks of the United States

There are 398 official units of the National Park System

The United States has 58 protected areas known as national parks, which are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress.

27 states have national parks, as do the insular areas of American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands. Alaska and California have the most, each with 8, followed by Utah with 5 and Colorado with 4. The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias, at over 8 million acres, followed by three more in Alaska; the smallest is Hot Springs, at less than 6 thousand acres. The total area protected by national parks is approximately 51.9 million acres, for an average of 895 thousand acres but a median of only 317 thousand acres. The most-visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains, followed by the Grand Canyon, with over four million. Fourteen national parks are designated World Heritage Sites.

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