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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Alaska State Office
 
Release Date: 06/18/14
Contacts: KJ Mushovic, 907-271-3322, kjmushovic@blm.gov    
News Release No. 14-31

Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (6-18-2014)


The BLM today issued its first Rapid Ecoregional Assessment, or REA, in Alaska, summarizing the conditions of the Seward Peninsula ecoregions.
REAs gather and synthesize existing data for all the lands in an ecoregion and identify important habitats for fish, wildlife, and species of concern. REAs also help identify areas that are not ecologically intact or readily restorable; and where development activities, such as transmission lines, may be directed to minimize potential impacts.  REAs then gauge the potential of these habitats to be affected by four overarching environmental change agents:  climate change, wildfires, invasive species, and development. 

State Director Bud Cribley said, “Alaska is unique in that we have not experienced the large scale land development that causes threats to terrestrial and aquatic habitat on the scale that the other western states have. REAs will assist us in identifying overlapping areas of concern that we can address during our planning processes so that we wisely manage the public lands to sustain their health, diversity and productivity.”

Initial funding for the REAs came from the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009. 

The study area boundaries encompass approximately 60,000 square miles and include lands managed by the State of Alaska, Alaska Native regional and village corporations, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service as well as other local and private entities. All REAs are prepared in cooperation with other Federal and state land management agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of the Interior’s lead science agency.

Additional Alaska REAs have been initiated in the Yukon Kuskokwim ecoregions, North Slope ecoregions, and Central Yukon ecoregions.

The Seward Peninsula REA report and data are now available on the internet at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/Landscape_Approach/reas/seward.html


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 06-18-2014