Alaska—America's forty-ninth state—has a long and rich history. Beginning with the Native people who first made their homes there, the inhabitants have benefited from Alaska's bountiful resources. Alaska's gold, fish, and lumber have all contributed to America's economy. Some people wonder, however, if Alaska's greatest natural resource might be her untouched wilderness areas. Our National Parks are another one of our great resources. How should land be used? To whom does it belong? Who should decide? Questions like these have played a major role in shaping the United States—and they continue to do so today. America's National Parks are just one answer to these questions.