Research Contact Information

Christina Kriedeman
Kenai Fjords National Park P.O. Box 1727
Seward, AK 99664
Eric Veach
Christina Kriedeman

Research Conditions

Park Specific Conditions for Scientific Research & Collecting Permit

Kenai Fjords National Park

• All researchers must notify Christina Kriedeman (907-422-0542), Rob Wissinger, Chief of Visitor and Resource Protection, (907-422-0522) or your assigned park liaison when they expect to be in the park. You may leave a message at (907-422-0500).

• While within Kenai Fjords National Park, all food and scented or odorous items must be stored in a manner that is secure from bears and other wildlife. Use of park approved bear-resistant food containers is required of researchers for any overnight travel.

• All camping must utilize minimum impact techniques such as Leave No Trace to protect park resources.

• To prevent the spread of invasive plants into the park, clothing and gear, including boats, camping gear and other equipment, should be free of soil and plant material before entering the park.

• Specific authorization must be obtained before using hazardous materials (including fuels) in Kenai Fjords National Park. Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) for the hazardous materials must be provided to park personnel and be in your possession while you are in the park, and any spill of the material must be reported immediately to Sharon Kim (907-422-0546) or Rob Wissinger.

• Researchers authorized to collect Natural History specimens for permanent retention must contact the Park Collection Manager (Shannon Kovac 907-422-0541; for instructions, via telephone or email, prior to collection of specimens, prior to preparing and submitting catalog data, and prior to submitting specimens and associated records. The researcher will provide the Collection Manager with their contact information.

• All records generated from research conducted on NPS lands including, but not limited to, plans, field notes, field maps, drawings, raw data sheets, tape recordings, photos, photo logs, instrument charts, map overlays, negatives, and remote sensing data (records) are, and remain the property of the NPS. The investigator will contact the Park Collections Manager (Shannon Kovac; 907-422-0541; to ensure that these records are properly accessioned. Final disposition of all records will be specified by the NPS in accordance with approved Park policies and procedures.

• All geospatial data, metadata or applications to be delivered to an Alaska Park must be in a format compatible with the Parks current GIS software and must be delivered to the Park on media that are compatible with the Parks current GIS hardware. You need only submit final GIS data layer(s) developed as a result of your research at the Alaska Park.

• The investigator will submit a digital version of products and reports to the research permit coordinator. Reports are defined as information, records, publications or other documentation based wholly or in part on data obtained through the permitted research. In addition, each year the investigator is required to submit to the NPS an Investigator Annual Report (IAR), an on-line report of research activities.

• This permit does not authorize the applicant to enter or conduct activities on private lands within the boundaries of Kenai Fjords National Park. Separate permission to conduct research on private lands must be obtained from the landowner. It is the investigators responsibility to learn the location of these lands and obtain permission prior to entry as much of the coast is privately owned.

Research Preferences

Long-Term Ecological Studies on structure and function of Fjord Ecosystems

Frontcountry Management: Topical areas include road related studies, VERP application, trails monitoring, impacts to vegetation and wildlife, and glacier studies.

Winter Recreation effects on resources

Glacial Resources: Glacier mapping and monitoring

Soil Resources: Soils mapping and inventory

Mountain Goats: Monitoring protocols for mountian goat population status.

Moose: Moose populations in the Exit Glacier Area might be impacted by increasing visitor use and increasing winter recreation. The moose population in the Nuka River Valley has not been studied.

Furbearers: Population status, predator/prey relationships, ecology.

Black Bear: Population status, ecology, conflicts with humans.

Brown Bear: Population status, ecology, conflicts with humans.

Anadromous Fishes: ecology

Seabirds: Population status, ecology, threats.

Marine Mammals: ecology

Ecological Restoration: studies aimed at improving reclamation techniques

Subsistence Hunting, Fishing, & Gathering on Inholdings: Impacts to park resources from State regulated subsistence activities on private or special lands within the park.

Cultural Resource Programs

Archeology: more comprehensive surveys.

Ethnography: oral history work.

Cultural Landscapes: individual landscape reports

Park History: topical histories.


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