NPT assists NPS with 907-acre inholding
"We appreciate the work of the National Park Trust in bringing this acquisition to completion. NPT got this moving when negotiations had reached an impasse, and helped both the NPS and the owner stay focused."
- Gary Candelaria, Superintendent, Wrangell St. Elias
March 27, 2002
Washington, D.C. - The National Park Trust (NPT) and the National Park Service (NPS) announce the transfer of the deed to the Chittitu Mine in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, a 907-acre inholding strategically located in the heart of the park.
"NPT was asked to help with the negotiations. This was a 'must' purchase for the park and we were pleased to have been part of the process," said Paul Pritchard, President of NPT. "Both the NPS and the owner were committed to the protection of the park. It makes all the difference in the world when you have a willing seller. NPT was asked to help keep the negotiations moving. The problems were more of a nature of misunderstandings than differences."
In addition to helping bring the negotiations to mutual agreement, NPT was called upon to help search for the missing patent at the National Archives. The patent was essential for the acquisition to be completed.
"NPT was there for us when we needed help," said Diane Wohlwend of NPS.
Mined continuously from 1902 through the early 1950's, Chittitu Creek was the largest gold producer in the Nizina District. It remains an important cultural resource, with numerous historic buildings and structures. Based on its local and regional significance and the quantity and condition of its artifacts, the Chittitu Creek drainage is considered eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Historical photos show miners at the tents, the impact on the terrain from mining, and some of the mining procedures.
"We appreciate the work of the National Park Trust in bringing this acquisition to completion," said Gary Candelaria, Superintendent of the park. "NPT got this moving when negotiations had reached an impasse, and helped both the NPS and the owner stay focused."
The National Park Trust is the only private land conservancy dedicated exclusively to America's parklands, saving nationally significant wildlife, scenic wonders, and historic monuments.
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National Park Trust (NPT)
Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.
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To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Education Director.
NPT assists NPS with 907-acre inholding