聖額萊斯國家公園意指北美洲的山脈王國，是美國國家公園系統中佔地面積最廣的。公園內包括北美最大的冰河，和16,000多英呎的山峰，其中聖額萊亞斯山（Mount St. Elias）更是美國的第二最高峰。史特拉頓指出：「如果我們不做些事來保護公園的原始面貌，損害將會繼續擴大，而且永遠不會復原。越野車輛活動所傷害到的，恰恰就是此處之所以被指定為國家公園的特色。」
本案辯護律師、來自安哥拉治公益環境法律事務所「受託阿拉斯加」（Trustees for Alaska）的史蒂夫（Mike Steeves）表示：「國家公園當局漠視現有法律和規定，這些法律正是為我們和未來世代保護公園資源與價值，我們正式提出訴訟，是為了防止進一步損害，並迫使當局以負責任的方式管理公園。」
Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the National Park Service over all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use on nine trails in Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve that the groups claim is illegal.
"It is obvious when you're out in the park that the ATV riding is posing irreversible threats - scars on the land from ATV trails are several hundred yards wide in some places," said National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) Alaska Regional Director Jim Stratton.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, referred to as the mountain kingdom of North America, is the largest unit in the National Park System. The park includes the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and the greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet, as well as Mount St. Elias, the second highest mountain in the United States.
"If we don't do something to protect this otherwise pristine park from this abuse, the damage will continue to expand and the healing will never begin," Stratton said. "This activity is risking the very reason the area is designated a national park."
"ATV enjoyment is appropriate in many places in Alaska, however, unregulated recreational riding is not compatible with most people's view of a national park. The damage being done in Wrangells could cause nine trails in the park to be closed to all users, including local subsistence users," said Randy Virgin, executive director of Alaska Center for the Environment. "These trails need to be managed for the allowed purposes only."
National Park Service rules on ATV use allow for only limited riding under specific circumstances and only when such riding on park trails has been found not to impact the purposes for which the park was created. The necessary analysis to ensure that Wrangells remains healthy if ATV riding is permitted has not been done.
"The National Park Service has ignored existing laws and regulations designed to protect park resources and values for present and future generations," said Mike Steeves, the plaintiffs' attorney from Anchorage based public interest environmental law firm, Trustees for Alaska. "We filed this lawsuit to prevent further damage and to compel the Park Service to manage the park responsibly."