Wrangle-St.Elias National Park Patch

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Wrangle-St.Elias National Park Patch

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Patch Size: 2" x 3"

At 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest national park in the United States, over six times the size of Yellowstone National Park by comparison. Ernest Gruening, Director of U.S. Territories, was the first to recommend protected status for the area. After visiting the area in 1938, he wrote a memorandum to the Secretary of the Interior, stating, “The region is superlative in its scenic beauty and measures up fully and beyond the requirements for its establishment as a National Monument and later as a National Park. ...It is my unqualified view that this is the finest scenery that I have ever been privileged to see.” In 1978, his vision began to come to fruition with National Monument status, and was finally designated as Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve as part of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. 

 

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