When the Carter administration assigned 47 million acres of Alaskan land to National Monuments or Parks, the total area of the National Park system more than doubled its size.
Narrator: All across the United States, the same thing was happening in other parks - straining the system. Nationwide, annual attendance would climb from a war-time low of 6.8 million visitors in 1943 to nearly 32 million by 1950.
Terry Tempest Williams (writer): (describing Adolph Murie's role in understanding wolves in park ecosystems) I often think that if we were to send for a representative of our species to meet with the animals, we would send "Ade." Because he's a man who knows how to listen. He was a man who understood stillness. And more than anything, his curiosity and his extraordinary sense of science opened up the landscape in a new way. He saw the land as a set of relationships. Nothing in isolation. Everything connected.
Because of the typical lack of an advertising budget, Ken Burns spend well over 200 days in 2009 promoting this series in markets across the United States.
The documentary production crew at Alaska's Denali National Park was restricted to the same solitary and mostly unpaved road that all tourists must use to access the extremely remote region.
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