Alaska- Frontiers Winter Issue 112
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Frontiers Flashes- News from around the Alaska 

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Native Village of Afognak land patent

BLM-Alaska’s new State Director, Bud Cribley, signed his very first Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) land conveyance patent on Dec. 17. The patent completes the ANCSA land conveyances to Afognak Native Corporation for the Native Village of Afognak.

(Left to right):  (sitting down) Lands & Natural Resources Manager Chuck Reft, Koniag, Inc.; Land Transfer Resolution Specialist Eileen Ford, BLM; Alaska State Director Bud Cribley; and Chairwomen of the Board Virginia Ward, Afognak.

(Left to right):  (sitting down) Lands & Natural Resources Manager Chuck Reft, Koniag, Inc.; Land Transfer Resolution Specialist Eileen Ford, BLM; Alaska State Director Bud Cribley; and Chairwomen of the Board Virginia Ward, Afognak.

Arctic Field Office archaeologist publishes Alaska climate change research

A block of permafrost on a beach shows the signs of extreme coastal erosion. Photo by Ken DuntonArchaeologist Michael Kunz co-authored “Floodplains, permafrost, cottonwood trees and peat: What happened the last time the climate warmed suddenly in arctic Alaska?” published December 2010 in Quaternary Science Reviews. The study uses stratigraphy and radiocarbon dating methods to describe rates and timing of land elevation from sediment deposits over the last 16,000 years in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. A scientific poster about the study was presented at the 2010 American Geophysical Union annual meeting, in San Francisco. More than 18,400 geophysicists gathered from around the world to present and review the latest issues in geophysical sciences affecting the Earth, the planets, and their environments in space.

Be a volunteer campground host

Brushkana Campground. Photo by Chad Cook.

Some lucky people spend summers in Alaska working at scenic campgrounds and greeting tourists from around the world. This is the time of year to make it happen. Volunteer hosts work at federal campgrounds such as Brushkana Creek along the Denali Highway at milepost 104 near Cantwell. Volunteer campground hosts work from mid-May through mid-September, with 10 days on duty and four days off. For information or to apply, please call the BLM Glennallen Field Office at (907) 822-3217 or visit

Science Center Friends provide scholarships

In 2010, the Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center raised $77,258. Much of this funding goes to program fees for economically disadvantaged youth. Most recently, AngloAmerican, one of the world’s largest mining companies, donated $15,000 to the Friends group for scholarships. The Carr Foundation also recently contributed $1,500 to the group. Since it began in 2005, the Friends group has raised $236,572 for the science center. Joette Storm, the Friend’s president, received the Public Lands Foundation 2010 Landscape Stewardship Certificate of Appreciation. For more information, visit http://www.blm.gov/ak/sciencecenter

Youth  looking through Campbell Creek water samples through microscopes. Photo by CCSC

Summer Jobs 2011

BLM-Alaska has a variety of seasonal jobs for students age 18 to 26. Application deadlines vary. To apply, contact the field office where you want to work. Glennallen Field Office (907) 822-3217; Anchorage Field Office (907) 267-1246; Alaska Fire Service (Fort Wainwright) (907) 356-5511. Alaska Fire Service jobs run from mid-May to mid-August and the deadline is April 1.
Visit http://fire.ak.blm.gov/afs/fireops/northstars.php or


Winter Trails Day 2011 at BLM’s Campbell Tract, Anchorage

Mark your calendars! Join 
more than 1,000 visitors of 
all ages for this annual 
program on winter recreation 
and trails on Feb. 12, 10 a.m. 
to 4 p.m. (last gear checkout 
is 3:30 p.m.).

Find out more at the Campbell
Creek Science Center Website

Girl Snowshoer sitting down in the snow. Photo by Thom Jennings.

Last updated: 02-14-2011