The recent sale of nearby Denali Backcountry Lodge could be a significant portent for Kantishna, and Denali National Park. The new owner, VIAD, is an international corporation whose diverse operations include marketing, tourism, transportation, and related visitor services in the Canadian Rockies, and in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park where they are both an independent operator and also a park concessioner. This acquisition puts them in an obvious position to compete with Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture for the next Transportation Services concession for Denali. However, that contract has just been extended for three years to allow for the implementation of the Vehicle Management Plan (see P. 1). In the meantime, it will be interesting to watch what VIAD does with its new holding in Kantishna. Given the extraordinary privilege of operating inside a national park, we have always advocated for letting one’s scale of operations be governed by the carrying capacity of park resources, and not by that of the market.
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In 1964, the Wilderness Act was signed into law. At the time it protected over nine million acres of federal land according to rigorous standards that represent the highest level of federal land protection in the United States. Fifty years later, 109.5 million acres have Wilderness designation, 52% of those in Alaska, including Denali's original, two million-acre core.
For five days in July 1963, the Executive Council of The Wilderness Society held their annual meeting at Camp Denali. In attendance was a truly impressive list of people well-known for their pioneering work in land and wildlife conservation: Olaus and Margaret Murie, Adolf and Louise Murie, Howard Zahniser, and Sigurd Olson, among others. In the Tundra Telegram from that year Ginny describes what a good show the park put on for the group:
The weather cooperated and so did the caribou migration. A highlight of the meeting was the Friday trip to Eielson Visitor's Center, from which point hikers scattered in all directions, following caribou bands or simply exploring the canyons, ridges, and the Thorofare River bar.