The Department of the Interior today announced that $25 million in funding made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will accelerate critical investments in a long-term solution to address the Pretty Rocks landslide in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. As one of the first Interior Department investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this project will help safeguard Alaska’s outdoor recreation economy and ensure safe and full access to the park much sooner than expected.
“This important investment will bolster community resilience and strengthen our response to the effects of climate change, while also increasing visitor access to Alaska’s treasured outdoors,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “The construction of this project invests in Alaska’s vibrant outdoor recreation economy and will ensure access for future generations. We appreciate the Alaska congressional delegation’s leadership in the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which has made this investment in Denali National Park possible.”
“Investing in a permanent and sustainable solution for access at Denali National Park is exactly the type of project the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is intended to fund. We’ll be able to expand access to the outdoors, protect America’s public lands, and safeguard critical park infrastructure,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.
Before work begins on a fix for public access past the Pretty Rocks landslide, Denali National Park will complete its planning through the Polychrome Area Improvements Environmental Assessment. The EA is now available for a 30-day public review and comment period until February 13, 2022. The NPS will also hold two virtual public meetings during the comment period. Visit the NPS Polychrome website