In commemoration of the signing of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, from the White House, presented on December 2, 1980. These maps were presented at the White House signing ceremony to dignitaries in attendance.
Full-color map of the state of Alaska, measures 18″ x 24″. Commemorative statement on bottom left corner, with printed signature of President Jimmy Carter. A scarce piece, with only a handful of copies known on the public market.
The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) was a controversial piece of legislation and remains the single largest expansion of protected lands in history. Signed after the presidential election of 1980, ANILCA protected 157 million acres of federal land in Alaska, doubling the size of the United States National Park System and tripling the size of the designated National Wilderness System. It created 10 new national parks in Alaska. The Act remains controversial but resulted in a boon to tourism for the state.