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Admiralty Island National Monument

Admiralty Island National Monument
A photo of Windfall Harbor and surrounding forest and mountains from above
Windfall Harbor
Map showing the location of Admiralty Island National Monument
Map showing the location of Admiralty Island National Monument
Location Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and Juneau, Alaska, United States
Nearest city Juneau, AK
Coordinates [1]
Area 955,747 acres (3,867.77 km2)
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
http://www.fs.usda.gov/tongass/
Map of monument

Admiralty Island National Monument is located on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska. It was created December 1, 1978, and covers 955,747 acres (3,868 km²) of Tongass National Forest in the Panhandle of southeast Alaska. The remoteness of the monument led Congress to pass legislation designating all but 18,351 acres (74 km²) of the monument as the Kootznoowoo Wilderness, ensuring that the vast bulk of this monument will be permanently protected from development. The monument is administered by the U.S. Forest Service.

Western Hemlock, Sitka Spruce and Western Redcedar dominate the prolific rainforest vegetation; wildlife in abundance includes brown bear, bald eagles, many species of salmon, whales, and deer. It has more brown bears than the entire lower 48 states, and one of the highest densities of bald eagles in the world.[2]

Cultural resources include the remains of fish canneries, whaling stations and mining cabins that attest to the island's early history of development.[3]

The national monument is considered sacred space to the Angoon Tribe of Tlingit people, who live on tribal land in the community of Angoon on the western coast of the island. The Tlingits fought to make protection for the island a part of ANILCA legislation, and continue to engage in stewardship of the island's natural resources. Most of Angoon's residents make daily subsistence use of the national monument.[3]

The Greens Creek Mine is an underground silver, gold, zinc and lead mine located on the northwest end of the island, within the national monument. It began operation in 1989. Acid mine drainage has occurred at the mine site.

References

  1. ^ "Admiralty Island National Monument".  
  2. ^ Admiralty Island
  3. ^ a b Admiralty Island National Monument/Kootznoowoo Wilderness, USDA Forest Service, MB-R10-190. (1992)

External links

  • "Admiralty Island National Monument". Tongass National Forest. U.S. Forest Service. Archived from the original on 5 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
  • "Tongass National Forest". U.S. Forest Service. Archived from the original on 10 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
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