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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Jim Hannah

Jim Hannah

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.

Jim Hannah appears in the following new Jukebox projects: