Jim Pepper was interviewed by Dan O'Neill and William Schneider on October 8, 1991 at a National Park Service meeting in Vail, Colorado. Jim's friend, and a co-worker at Gates of the Arctic National Park, Mark Matsell, was also present. We were interested in Jim's recollections because he worked for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. at the time of the legislative battle for passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which established many new park lands in Alaska in 1980, and had responsibilities for Alaska lands. He was then subsequently assigned to work at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
This is a continuation of an interview with Jim Pepper by Dan O'Neill and William Schneider on October 8, 1991 in Vail, Colorado. This is a continuation from tape number Oral History 91-22-33. In this part of the interview, Jim talks about his involvement with Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and how Alaska's national parks compare with those in other parts of the United States.