Ptarmigan Tracks Newsletter

Each fall, we take time to reflect on the summer's happenings, review the many special sightings recorded by our guests and naturalists, and remember fondly the people and stories that enliven our history. What results is Ptarmigan Tracks, an annual newsletter that we hope you find entertaining and informative.

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The Newsletter of
Camp Denali,
North Face Lodge,
& Parkside Guest House

Vol. XXXIX
November 2014

Edited by Jan Tomsen

P.O. Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-2290

info@campdenali.com
www.campdenali.com
www.parksideanchorage.com

The collective knowledge, talent, and warm hospitality of our staff are what make our guest experience so memorable.

General staff positions are available for the 2015 season, as well as professional-seasonal positions.

Registered Nurses and EMTs are encouraged to apply for any of our positions.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit in our community, encourage him or her to view the employment pages of our website.

Celebrating 50 years of the Wilderness Act

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.

David Sibley, renowned Ornithologist, Author and Illustrator has just been added to our Special Emphasis Series

We have a very exciting lineup for 2015!