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“Light Touch” Management Concepts

The 2001 Interim Operations Plan for the Kennecott National Historic Landmark included a section titled Management Concepts, describing a shared community vision for management of the Landmark. These Management Concepts emerged from more than a decade of public discussion preceding the acquisition of the Landmark and were put into writing by Friends of Kennicott and endorsed by the community in general at the time of acquisition. In 2010, Friends of Kennicott hosted a follow-up community discussion in Kennecott that reaffirmed broad support to carry these concepts forward into the revised Kennecott Operations Plan with minimal alteration. Collectively, these concepts embody the “light touch” approach. In 2012, the National Park Service completed the updated Kennecott Operations Plan. As noted on page 5 of the linked Operations Plan, these enduring management concepts continue to inform management decisions for the Landmark.



Management Concepts

In all management activities, the McCarthy/Kennecott community seeks to assure a future in which Kennecott:

• Is stabilized to prevent deterioration of historic structures or artifacts and to make them available to the public, to the greatest extent possible in accordance with public safety.

• Is managed with a “light touch” in which projects are undertaken in small steps, at modest costs, with minimal intervention process. How the “light touch” approach will be defined in relation to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties will be determined by a cooperative process involving local residents and NPS.

• Is not just an abandoned mining town, but also a place that reflects the vitality, creativity, and community spirit of today’s residents.

• Retains the slow pace, quiet, and spaciousness that foster contemplation and individual reflection. In particular, NPS will encourage visitors to enjoy the NHL as pedestrians, and will seek to minimize the impact of management activities (including, but not limited to, noise and visual impact) on both visitors and local residents alike.

• Is part of a larger community in which residents act both individually and collectively to guide the future of the area.

• Contributes to a strong, reasonably diverse economy that includes locally owned and operated businesses, community-based nonprofits, and traditions of barter and subsistence.

• Protects and honors small-town values: safety, cooperation, self-sufficiency, and personal freedoms consistent with state and Federal laws.

• Is a place where tourism is allowed to evolve within the capacity of the community, rather than a place where external intervention and control accelerate growth.

• Is seen by local residents and visitors alike in its true context: a remote outpost of civilization in the midst of an enormous mountain wilderness.

• Is managed to protect the cultural and natural resources of this historic mining district and the surrounding glacial landscape; and provides a safe, educational, and rewarding experience for the area’s visitors and residents.