Photos from Jim Hannah's personal collection.
Jim Hannah worked for the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for many years. He was first detailed to Alaska in 1980, where he took on a tough assignment. President Carter had invoked the Historic Monuments Act and had designated over thirty million acres for preservation as National Monuments. Jim, who had grown up with a love of hunting, fishing, and the outdoors, was assigned to help explain the new Park Service mandate in Alaska to angry and worried local residents in the recently created Yukon-Charley Rivers National Monument. Trained in counseling and educational administration, Jim was well-suited to the task of "meeting and greeting" locals in an effort to calm fears and sort facts from rumor. In 1981, Jim accepted a permanent transfer as district ranger for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve from Big Bend National Park in Texas. Jim later became subsistence specialist and pilot for the park and remains in those positions today.