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Iditarod Centennial Partnership Improves a Living Piece of American History
The Iditarod National Historic Trail is celebrating its centennial through October 2012. The Iditarod NHT Centennial Partnership, led by the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, hosted a 5-year commemoration of the Trail's centennial. This non-profit membership organization also accomplished a number of Centennial Legacy projects will significantly benefit the Trail for the next 100 years. Read more>>
BLM signs Alaska Federal Lands Long-Range Transportation Plan
On Sept. 24, BLM-Alaska State Director Bud Cribley signed the newly completed Alaska Federal Lands Long-Range Transportation Plan to help federal agencies and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities identify and prioritize Alaska’s transportation infrastructure and access on federal public lands in Alaska. The BLM worked with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Federal Highway Administration, and Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities on this pioneering interagency approach. Read more>
Reindeer Games on the Seward Peninsula
Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) were first brought to the Seward Peninsula from Siberia in 1892 as part of a United States government-sponsored program to provide a reliable source of red meat and employment to Native Alaskans. Reindeer have shorter legs than caribou (Rangifer tarandus grantii); an experienced eye can detect the difference in the two breeds. Calving for reindeer occurs 15-20 days earlier than in other Rangifer breeds, including the indigenous caribou. These reindeer are also noted for their high ratio of muscle tissue to bone and the meatiness of the carcasses making them a desirable species to cultivate. Read more>
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Real Progress Is Being Made
A total of 5 foresters representing several organizations including BLM have visited Napaimute this summer to observe our timber harvesting operation and to provide technical assistance. This might be some kind of record for forester visits to a community – especially for the Middle Kuskokwim. BLMers Ben Seifert and Eric Geisler are mentioned in the arcticle. Read the article>
Alaska Firefighter Crews Headed to the Lower 48!
The AICC reports that five crews departed from Alaska at 8 a.m. today (7/3/2012) for the lower 48 states. The crews were originally scheduled for Salt Lake City, UT to provide support to the Clay Springs Fire that is located four miles south of Oak City, UT. While in flight, the crews were reassigned to the Fontenelle Fire in Wyoming. The five crews from AFS and DOF that departed are: Nondalton, Kenai, Copper River, Venetie #2 and Fort Yukon #3. There are 100 personnel involved in this first mobilization to the lower 48 states since 2008. An additional jet load of 100 personnel is scheduled to depart for Wyoming on Wednesday, July 4. The location of eventual crew destination is based upon operational requirements. For current information, contact 907-356-5511 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the 7/3/2012 AICC Report>
BLM featured in Anchorage Daily News Article:
BLM, state agree to plug old Arctic well, but need funding
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has agreed to plug at least one additional abandoned well in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska provided it receives the money to do so. However, the issue of how or whether to address other so-called legacy well sites in the region remains under discussion between the agency and Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or AOGCC. Read the entire article>
KSKA Radio features National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska
BLM-Alaska Arctic Field Office’s Stacy McIntosh’s talked about “People, Land, & Resources” of the NPR-A on KSKA Alaska Public Radio on Memorial Day, May 31. The talk was part of the first NPR-A science lecture series held at the Campbell Creek Science Center on Thursday evenings throughout April. KSKA also will post a web-link to Arctic Field Office Archaeologist Mike Kunz’s talk on “Prehistory of the NPR-A” and its story of human migration and the effects of prehistoric climate change on people and animals. It is information you don’t want to miss! Both of these recordings will remain in the KSKA archives. Listen to KSKA recording of People, Land, & Resources
A True Alaska Pioneer–Betty Smith is America’s Last Female Homesteader
Outside of Delta Junction, Alaska, in 1973, a local scrap dealer looking for logs for a cabin found a forest that BLM-Alaska offered up for 160-acre homesteads under the Homesteading Act. Betty Smith forded a river to claim those acres and is the last woman homesteader today.
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