<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Fri, 22 May 2015 10:09:55 -0600 All Rights belong to the BLM News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Nominations to Resource Advisory Council (5/22/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/BLM_Seeks_Nominations_to_RAC_052215.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/BLM_Seeks_Nominations_to_RAC_052215.html Fri, 22 May 2015 10:09:55 -0600

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska announced it is seeking public nominations for open positions on its Resource Advisory Council (RAC). As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 30 days. Nominations must be received no later than June 20, 2015. ]]> <![CDATA[ Notice of Tundra Closure for National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (5/18/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/npra_tundra_closure.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/npra_tundra_closure.html Tue, 19 May 2015 10:29:10 -0600 FAIRBANKS, AK — The Bureau of Land Management’s Arctic Field Office announced the closure of winter overland tundra travel for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Snow and weather conditions in the NPR-A are no longer adequate for winter overland tundra travel.

For additional information, contact Stacie McIntosh at (907) 474-2310, or the Arctic Field Office at (907) 474-2200. ]]>
<![CDATA[ More Than 1,600 Students to Attend Outdoor Week (5/12/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/2015_Outdoor_Week.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/2015_Outdoor_Week.html Fri, 8 May 2015 17:49:19 -0600

ANCHORAGE – The BLM Campbell Creek Science Center and the Anchorage School District have teamed up to host Outdoor Week, the single largest event of the year at the Science Center. This year marks the 41st anniversary of this hugely successful outdoor education event.  Anchorage area sixth-grade students will learn about the natural world through hands-on learning activities. Instructors from state, federal, and community organizations will guide students through a series of learning stations that feature: ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska conveys final land entitlement to the Native Village of Atqasuk (4/27/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4-27-2015_BLM_Alaska_conveys_final_land_entitlement_to_the_Native_Village_of_Atqasuk.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4-27-2015_BLM_Alaska_conveys_final_land_entitlement_to_the_Native_Village_of_Atqasuk.html Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:25:49 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bureau of Land Management Alaska recently conveyed 18,143 acres of land to the Atqasuk Corporation fulfilling its Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act sections 12(a) and 12(b) entitlement of over 73,000 acres of land.  The village is located within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska about 55 miles south of Barrow.

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<![CDATA[ BLM Extends Comment Period for Bering Sea-Western Interior Land Use Plan (4/22/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4-22-2015_BLM_Extends_Comment_Period_for_Bering_Sea-Western_Interior_Land_Use_Plan.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4-22-2015_BLM_Extends_Comment_Period_for_Bering_Sea-Western_Interior_Land_Use_Plan.html Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:07:40 -0600 ANCHORAGE -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) extended the comment period for the Bering Sea-Western Interior Resource Management Plan (RMP) to allow additional time for review and comment on the Preliminary Alternative Concepts and associated resource inventory reports.  The current outreach period began Feb. 22 and was extended to May 31in response to requests from interested tribes and organizations. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Completes Plugging of Legacy Wells at Umiat (4-17-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4_17_2015_BLM_Completes_Plugging_of_Legacy_Wells_at_Umiat.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/april/4_17_2015_BLM_Completes_Plugging_of_Legacy_Wells_at_Umiat.html Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:14:02 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - BLM Alaska has completed plugging of three legacy wells and removal of wellheads from three additional legacy wells at Umiat in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). The work was done through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which contracted with Marsh Creek, LLC.
 
“We’re very pleased to be making headway on the cleanup of legacy wells, thanks in large part to funding provided through the Helium Act of 2013.” said BLM Alaska State Director Bud Cribley. “This work reflects our continued commitment to protect public safety and Alaska’s environment.”
 
Umiat Wells 1, 3, and 11 were plugged and wellheads removed. In addition, wellheads were removed at Umiat Wells 4, 8, and 10, which had been plugged previously. All pipes were cut off below ground level and buried beneath a mound of gravel and soil. The work was coordinated with the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC.) 

All six wells had been drilled by the U.S. Navy from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s. Between 1944 and 1982, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Geological Survey conducted a program of exploratory and scientific drilling on Alaska’s North Slope in what is now the NPR-A. The BLM was given responsibility for managing the NPR-A in 1976 and inherited the responsibility to assess, plug and remediate these wells in 1982. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska to Host NPR-A Regional Mitigation Workshop in Fairbanks (3/26/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/3-26-2015_NPR-A_Regional_Mitigation_Workshop_in_Fairbanks.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/3-26-2015_NPR-A_Regional_Mitigation_Workshop_in_Fairbanks.html Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:42:00 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bureau of Land Management Alaska will host a two-day workshop on a strategy for regional mitigation in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).  The workshop will take place at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, 111 W. Clay Street, Fairbanks, Alaska. The workshop will be held on March 31 and April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The public is invited to observe. 

 
Participants at this workshop will help plan for the development of a Regional Mitigation Strategy to address impacts from the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth One (GMT1) oil and gas development in the NPR-A. Participants in the workshop will include oil industry representatives, federal and state government staff, Alaska Native interests, North Slope community members, conservation proponents, and other interested stakeholders.
 
The workshop is designed to develop a stakeholder-driven process to identify projects and measures that will offset impacts to subsistence uses that cannot be fully mitigated by normal avoidance and minimization stipulations and best management practices in the NPR-A. Mitigation projects may include establishment of conservation easements or leases on areas with critical environmental, subsistence or cultural significance, as well as cleanup of previously disturbed sites. 
 

For more information, contact Serena Sweet at (907) 271-4543 or ssweet@blm.gov.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Selects Deb Horner as 2015 White Mountains Artist in Residence (3/16/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/AK15-12_BLM_Selects_AiR.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/AK15-12_BLM_Selects_AiR.html Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:03:06 -0600 FAIRBANKS — The Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has selected Fairbanks artist Deb Horner as its winter Artist in Residence for 2015. The BLM will host Horner from March 29 to April 3 in the White Mountains National Recreation Area.

Horner is a watercolorist who has long been active in the Fairbanks Watercolor Society. Her work has appeared in several exhibits and galleries in Fairbanks. In 2012 Horner participated in the first Coal Creek Camp art workshop hosted by the National Park Service in Yukon – Charley Rivers National Preserve.

After making numerous trips to the White Mountains with her dog team in the 1990s, Horner looks forward to visiting some of her favorite locations in the 1-million-acre recreation area. “I’m excited to return to where I spent so much time and to see it through my artist’s eyes,” she said. “Educating people as to the value of this extraordinary area and its wide variety of uses is critical to its continued existence for future generations.”

The artist in residence program is open to emerging or established artists working in nearly any media – including painting, printmaking, photography, writing, and music. The BLM provides transportation between Fairbanks and the selected site, as well as housing in a rustic cabin. Artists are expected to donate the use of a piece of artwork inspired by their residency to help promote public lands.

More information can be obtained from Chel Ethun at methun@blm.gov or 907-474-2223. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM Realigns District and Field Office Boundaries (3/13/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/District_Office__Boundary_Changes.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/District_Office__Boundary_Changes.html Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:29:54 -0600 ANCHORAGE – Working collaboratively with Alaskan communities, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska has realigned its district and field office boundaries using a landscape approach to better align public lands administrative boundaries with terrain features and land ownership. ]]> <![CDATA[ New Oil and Gas Leases in National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (03/12/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/AK15-10_New_NPR-A_Leases.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/AK15-10_New_NPR-A_Leases.html Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:34:48 -0600 Anchorage — The Bureau of Land Management is announcing seven new oil and gas leases within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). ]]>