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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

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     challenging words:    airstrip, drilling, forester, streambeds, utopia, species, ranger, entire, compass, supplies, possible, spoil, above, blank, month, lived
     content words:    United States, Bob Marshall, Arctic Village, Brooks Range, President Carter, Arctic National Park, Dalton Highway, Anaktuvuk Pass


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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
By Meg Leonard
  

1     In 1929, a United States forester named Bob Marshall came to Alaska. He was looking for "blank spaces on the map." He traveled to some isolated places in Alaska. Marshall wrote a book called Arctic Village. He described this area as a utopia. He thought this area was wonderful, a perfect place. He named two side-by-side mountains in the Brooks Range the Gates of the Arctic. In the following years, people began to look for oil in Alaska. Some people who lived in Alaska were afraid that drilling for oil would spoil Alaska's beauty. They wanted to save Alaska's wilderness. In 1978, President Carter preserved the land as a national monument. Gates of the Arctic became a national park and preserve in 1980.
 
2     Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is very remote. No roads enter the park. No roads run through the park. There are two ways to enter the park. You can take a plane. You can hike to the park from Dalton Highway or the village of Anaktuvuk Pass. The only ranger station in the park is next to the airstrip. There are no supplies or services in the park. Once you are in the park, there are no trails to hike on. You must make your own trails using maps, a compass, .....
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