Katmai National Park and Preserve Environmental Factors

Katmai protects the pristine lake and river systems necessary for the perpetuation of the Bristol Bay red salmon fishery, the heartbeat of the economy, ecology, culture, recreation, and history of southwest Alaska.

Weather, climate change, and geologic processes are also constantly changing Katmai. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are always a threat in this part of Alaska. Air pollution, water pollution, increased visitation, and changing use patterns are additional impacts that may affect Katmai.

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.