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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program
Russell Berry
This interview with Russ Berry was conducted by Bill Brown on March 5, 1992, in Russ Berry's office at Denali National Park Headquarters.

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Archive #: Oral History H93-02-01

Date of Interview: Mar 5, 1992
Narrator(s): Russell Berry
Interviewer(s): Bill Brown
Funding Partners:
National Park Service
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1) Superintendent Russ Berry talks to Bill Brown about his personal background.

2) Climbers and NPS response with glacier flying.

3) To rescue or not to rescue.

4) Russ discusses crowding on the mountain.

5) Flight-seeing over and around Mount McKinley.

6) Freedom versus responsibility.

7) Park's South Side Development Plan.

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1) education\ NPS -- career

2) NPS\ flying -- glacier\ Kahiltna Glacier -- landing strip\ Sheldon, Don\ landing strip -- maintenance\ NPS -- history of presence\ helicopters -- military, Chinook\ helicopters -- cost efficiency, criticism\ helicopters -- Lama\ helicopters -- on base argument

3) NPS\ rescue -- responsibility\ rescue -- NPS\ rescue -- prevention\ rescue -- education\ Deaths -- record 1991\ rescue -- operation\ Okonek, Jim\ Geeting, Doug\ Hudson, Cliff

4) mountain -- crowding\ high altitude -- camp limitation\ Experience -- consideration\ environment -- consideration\ safety -- consideration\ guiding -- permits\ environment -- damage

5) legislation\ aircraft in the Parks Act -- Alaska's exemption\ aviation -- aesthetic concerns\ Ruth Glacier\ flight seeing -- safety\ flight seeing -- collision\ Grand Canyon\ flight-seeing -- rules\ ANILCA\ Sheldon Amphitheater\ Ruth Amphitheater

6) freedom\ responsibility regulation

7) South Side -- development\ development -- Talkeetna\ Matanuska Valley\ Talkeetna -- lifestyle\ Talkeetna -- visitor center\ Talkeetna -- attitude to NPS\ Talkeetna -- tourism\ Talkeetna -- incorporation\ Visitor Center -- mitigations