<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:07:33 -0600 All Rights belong to the BLM News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ NANA Receives Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Land Patents (9/16/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/9-16-2014_NANA_Receives_ANCSA_Land_Patents.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/9-16-2014_NANA_Receives_ANCSA_Land_Patents.html Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:07:33 -0600 ANCHORAGE – At a September 15, 2014 signing ceremony, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) received land patents totaling 178,814 acres from the Bureau of Land Management, fulfilling NANA’s land entitlements for Kiana, Noorvik, and Selawik village corporations. These entitlements, totaling 391,680 acres, were established under the Alaska Native Claims Act of December 18, 1971 (ANCSA).
The land entitlements of Ambler, Buckland, Deering, Kobuk, and Shungnak village corporations were also fulfilled in recent years. Only two NANA villages, Kivalina and Noatak, await final land entitlements.
A confirmatory patent for 19,035 acres just south of Noatak was also signed at Monday’s ceremony as part of NANA’s ANCSA Section 12 (c) entitlement. Much of the remaining 12 (c) acreage will be patented in 2015.
<![CDATA[ North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel (09/09/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/AK14-36_NSSI_STAP_to_Meet.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/AK14-36_NSSI_STAP_to_Meet.html Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:57:49 -0600 ANCHORAGE -- The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel will meet Sept. 23-24 in Anchorage at the Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. each day, with public comment scheduled for 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
The NSSI is an intergovernmental effort to increase collaboration on the science needed to make informed decisions related to development and environmental change on Alaska’s North Slope and its adjacent seas. The Science Technical Advisory Panel provides advice and recommendations to NSSI on information priorities.
The meeting agenda will include discussions of the North Slope Scenarios Project; a long-term monitoring strategy for the North Slope; and review of the status of the Emerging Issues Summaries. 
For additional information contact Dennis Lassuy at (907) 271-3212.

# # # ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Fulfills Final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Entitlement for Paimiut Corp. (8-28-2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/paimiut_ancsa_village_entitlement_08-28-14.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/paimiut_ancsa_village_entitlement_08-28-14.html Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:00:53 -0600  ANCHORAGE -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) made an important land transfer to Paimiut Corp. this week.

BLM transferred 812.68 acres to Paimiut Corp., representing the corporation’s final entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA).
With this patent, Paimiut Corp. has received a total of 71,062.98 acres of land surrounding the village of Paimiut, located on the west coast of Alaska. So far this year, BLM has issued the final land entitlements for eight Alaska Native villages.
<![CDATA[ Ned Rozell Selected as BLM Artist in Residence in Eagle (8/14/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/8-14-2014_Ned_Selected_as_BLM_Artist_in_Residence_in_Eagle.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/8-14-2014_Ned_Selected_as_BLM_Artist_in_Residence_in_Eagle.html Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:31:00 -0600 FAIRBANKS — The Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has selected Fairbanks author Ned Rozell as its summer Artist in Residence for 2014. The BLM will host Rozell Aug. 20–30 at historic Fort Egbert in the Yukon River community of Eagle, Alaska.
Rozell has walked, skied, driven or floated most of Alaska. He is the author of four Alaska-related books, including “Walking My Dog, Jane,” an account of his summerlong walk across Alaska along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Rozell has published over 800 weekly newspaper columns and numerous magazine articles about Alaska.
“The Fortymile and Eagle area is one of those special places to me,” says Rozell. “I spent the summers of 1993 and 1994 in Eagle, and that is where I decided that I wanted to be a writer.”
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, but artists are responsible for their daily expenses. 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 and Partners to Host 2014 Anchorage Weed Smackdown (8/6/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/08-06-14_2014_anchorage_weed_smackdown.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/august/08-06-14_2014_anchorage_weed_smackdown.html Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:10:03 -0600 ANCHORAGE – This Saturday (Aug. 9) the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will team up with area weed warriors for the fourth annual Anchorage Weed Smackdown. Join us at Valley of the Moon Park from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. as we declare war on European bird cherry (Mayday) trees. The event offers food, fun, great prizes and the opportunity to help protect Alaska’s environment.
Mayday trees are invading riparian forests in Anchorage, crowding out native plants that moose and salmon depend on for food. In the past three years, hundreds of Smackdown volunteers have removed 20 tons of these invaders from our local forests.
The BLM is a charter member of the Anchorage Cooperative Weed Management Area, a joint effort of government agencies, non-profit groups, and private citizens who fight the spread of non-native invasive weeds in the Anchorage area.
For more details about the Anchorage Weed Smackdown or to sign up to help, visit www.weedwar.net.
<![CDATA[ BLM fulfills final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act entitlement for Native Village of Lower Kalskag (7/15/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/july/AK14-33_Lower_Kalskage_ANCSA_Village_Entitlement_Reached.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/july/AK14-33_Lower_Kalskage_ANCSA_Village_Entitlement_Reached.html Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:36:29 -0600 ANCHORAGE -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has made an important land transfer to The Kuskokwim Corporation this week, fulfilling the land entitlement for the Native Village of Lower Kalskag.  With the signing of the final patent for 560 acres, the corporation’s land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is now fulfilled for the Native Village of Lower Kalskag.
Lower Kalskag is one of ten villages that merged in 1977, forming The Kuskokwim Corporation. The corporation has received just over 92,162 acres of land surrounding the village of Lower Kalskag, which is located on the north bank of the Kuskokwim River, northeast of Bethel.
<![CDATA[ BLM Receives Proposal for Mineral Exploration near Fort Knox Mine (7/11/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/july/7-11-2014_BLM_Receives_Proposal_for_Mineral_Exploration_near_Fort_Knox_Mine.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/july/7-11-2014_BLM_Receives_Proposal_for_Mineral_Exploration_near_Fort_Knox_Mine.html Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:48:09 -0600

The BLM's news release of July 11, 2014 incorrectly listed a 45-day public comment period. This release was corrected on July 14, 2014, to show a 30-day public comment period. Public comments must be received on or before August 11, 2014. ]]> <![CDATA[ Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (6/18/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/rapid_ecoregional.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/rapid_ecoregional.html Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:11:41 -0600 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.” ]]> <![CDATA[ Alaska Middle School Students Go "North for Science" (6/4/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/0.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/0.html Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:34:41 -0600 FAIRBANKS – Eight local middle school students are heading up the Dalton Highway this week to learn about science of the Arctic region as part of North for Science, a new education program launched by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Alaska Geographic Association.

The students will spend the week of June 6 to 13 working side-by-side with researchers in the fields of biology, ornithology, hydrology, botany and more. The program will include stops at the Arctic Circle, Coldfoot, Atigun Pass and Galbraith Lake. A visit to the Toolik Field Station will introduce students to the lifestyle and work of on-site researchers.

“Far too few of Fairbanks youth get an opportunity to learn from this vast region to their north,” said Carol Scott, local science teacher and project lead. “It is our hope that North for Science will become a long-term education initiative for inspiring kids to pursue careers in natural resource management.”

In addition to agency and Alaska Geographic support, the North for Science program received an education grant from the Murie Science and Learning Center at Denali National Park. For more information on the program, please contact Karen Deatherage at 907-474-2203 or Maria Berger at 907-455-0675. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM fulfills Chuathbaluk ANCSA entitlement (6/4/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/blm_fulfills_chuathbaluk.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/blm_fulfills_chuathbaluk.html Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:25:09 -0600