<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:03:06 -0600 All Rights belong to the BLM News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![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). ]]> <![CDATA[ Remediation Scheduled for Legacy Wells at Umiat (3/2/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/Umiat_Legacy_Wells_Cleanup_03-02-15.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/Umiat_Legacy_Wells_Cleanup_03-02-15.html Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:26:10 -0700 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Remediation work is scheduled to begin in March on legacy wells near Umiat within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A), under an interagency agreement between the Bureau of Land Management Alaska and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 
The Corps has awarded a contract to Marsh Creek, LLC to plug Umiat Wells 1, 3 and 11. In addition, the contract calls for removal of wellheads at Umiat Wells 4, 8, and 10. The total cost of the project is approximately $10 million, including mobilization and demobilization. Mobilization is scheduled to begin the week of March 1. Remediation work on Umiat Wells 6, 7, and 9 was completed in 2011 and 2012.
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. 
Since 2002, the BLM has plugged eighteen wells and remediated four reserve pits at a cost of nearly $86 million. The September 2013 passage of the Helium Stewardship Act included a provision to fund BLM’s legacy well cleanup efforts with $50 million through fiscal year 2019. The 2013 Legacy Wells Strategic Plan outlines priorities and actions BLM will take to clean up legacy wells in the NPR-A.      

The 2013 Legacy Wells Strategic Plan and additional information on NPR-A legacy wells can be found at http://www.blm.gov/ak. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Hosts Iditarod Ceremonial Start Activities (3/2/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/blm_hosts_iditarod.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/march/blm_hosts_iditarod.html Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:33:22 -0700

ANCHORAGE – On Saturday, March 7, the Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Tract will host the finish of the Anchorage route for the Ceremonial Start of the 43rd Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  The 730-acre tract is about 45 minutes by dog sled from where the mushers and their Idita-riders start in downtown Anchorage. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Hosts "Women of the Iditarod" Tweet Chat (1/21/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/1-21-2015_BLM_Alaska_Hosts__Women_of_the_Iditarod__Tweet_Chat.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/1-21-2015_BLM_Alaska_Hosts__Women_of_the_Iditarod__Tweet_Chat.html Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:18:20 -0700 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bureau of Land Management Alaska is partnering with Northern Light Media to host a live Twitter chat (#blmiditachat) on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. AKST (1 to 3 p.m EST).

The twitter chat is a unique opportunity to ask participating mushers and historians’ questions about the Iditarod and its history and traditions. This year’s focus is on women mushers and involves current Iditarod race contenders and veterans. The twitter chat is open to the public with a focus on students and teachers who will be participating from their classrooms nationwide. 
To join the conversation in the live tweet chat on Jan. 28, visit www.twitter.com/BLMAlaska and use hashtag #blmiditachat. Questions can be submitted in advance by email at blmalaska@blm.gov or as direct messages on Twitter to @BLMAlaska. Following the two-hour event, BLM Alaska will post the conversation on its website with highlights on Facebook.
Mushers participating include 2015 Iditarod race contenders Aliy Zirkle, Lisbet Skogan Norris, Jodi Bailey, Dan Kaduce, and rookie Heidi Sutter. Participating veteran Iditarod race mushers include Karin Hendrickson, Liz Parrish, and Alan Peck.
“Our goal is to introduce the history and culture of women mushers, create awareness of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and mushing on public lands, and provide an educational opportunity for classrooms nationwide to learn about Alaska’s environment and activities outdoors,” says BLM Alaska State Director Bud Cribley.

For more information about the tweet chat, visit www.blm.gov/ak/blmiditichat. ]]> <![CDATA[ The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an Industry Day (12-29-2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/_12-29-2014_Industry_Day.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/_12-29-2014_Industry_Day.html Thu, 8 Jan 2015 15:46:59 -0700 Anchorage — The Bureau of Land Management National Operations Center Acquisitions Office is hosting an Industry Day and one-on-one meetings for vendors interested in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) Legacy Well Remediation Program Jan 7-8, 2015.

The primary purpose is to exchange information with industry regarding remediation of Legacy Wells and to assess the industry’s capabilities.  Proposals or offers are not requested at this time, but the BLM will be issuing solicitations to procure needed remediation services to advance the 2013 Legacy Well Strategic Plan.
Industry Day begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 in the GSA Conference Room in the Federal Building Annex at 222 W. 8th Ave., Anchorage, Alaska.  Vendors planning to attend should bring photo identification and allow enough time for the security checkpoint.
BLM personnel will present an overview of the Legacy Well Strategic Plan and discuss the anticipated strategy for soliciting, awarding and administering contracts.  The presentations will be followed by one-on-one meetings with vendors for the remainder of Wednesday and all day Thursday.
For additional information about this event and to reserve time for a one-on-one meeting, please visit either www.FBO.gov or www.FedConnect.net and enter the following search terms:
L15PS00024 - Industry Day for the NPR-A Legacy Well Remediation - NAICS 562910 Remediation Services
L15PS00025 - Industry Day for the NPR-A Legacy Well Remediation - NAICS 541620 Environmental Consulting
One-on-one meetings must be scheduled by Jan. 4, 2015.  To learn more about the NPR-A legacy wells program and the 2013 Legacy Well Strategic Plan, visit http://www.blm.gov/ak

 ### ]]> <![CDATA[ North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel (1/7/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/1-7-2015_North_Slope_Science_Initiative_Science_Technical_Advisory_Panel.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/1-7-2015_North_Slope_Science_Initiative_Science_Technical_Advisory_Panel.html Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:48:58 -0700 ANCHORAGE -- The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) Science Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) will meet Jan. 26-28 in Barrow at the Inupiat Heritage Center, 5421 North Star Blvd. The meetings will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 26 and at 9 a.m. Jan. 27 and 28, with public comment scheduled for 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

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 STAP provides advice and recommendations to NSSI on information priorities.
The meeting agenda will include discussions of the North Slope Scenarios Project and a long-term monitoring strategy for the North Slope. 

For additional information contact Dennis Lassuy at (907) 271-3212. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Artists in Residence to Give Presentations in Fairbanks (1/7/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/_1-7-2015__BLM_Artists_in_Residence_to_Give_Presentations_in_Fairbanks.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/_1-7-2015__BLM_Artists_in_Residence_to_Give_Presentations_in_Fairbanks.html Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:36:38 -0700 FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Bureau of Land Management Artists in Residence Ned Rozell and Sarah DeGennaro will share their experiences and art at two public presentations hosted by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center on Jan. 24 and 29 at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks.

On Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., Fairbanks writer Ned Rozell will present selected readings and thoughts inspired by his experiences as a BLM Artist in Residence in Eagle, Alaska last summer.
Rozell has walked, skied, driven or floated most of Alaska. He is the author of four Alaska-related books and more than 800 weekly newspaper columns about Alaska. During his stay in Eagle, Rozell worked on a manuscript for a novel that he started 20 years ago while living in the community. “My artist-in-residency in Eagle gave me the silence and space I needed to finish one of those projects that was getting away,” Rozell said. “Eagle is where I decided that I wanted to be a writer.”
On January 29 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to view new works by local artist Sarah DeGennaro and to hear about her experiences as a BLM Artist in Residence in the White Mountains National Recreation Area last April. DeGennaro spent five days at the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter in the White Mountains.
DeGennaro received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013. She has participated in many art exhibits in Fairbanks and Anchorage, and her work has also been featured in Ecological Reflections at the National Science Foundation. DeGennaro is excited to share her work and experiences and to encourage other artists to apply for this year’s Artist in Residence opportunities. “My time in the White Mountains National Recreation area was incredible,” DeGennaro said. “I was able to draw so much inspiration from this beautiful landscape.”
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 is taking applications for the 2015 winter program through Feb. 6. The summer program will open for applications in April. Artists are expected to donate the use of a piece of their work inspired by their residency to help promote public lands. For more information about the upcoming presentations or applying for this year’s opportunities, contact Chel Ethun at methun@blm.gov or 907-474-2223.
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<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Opens Public Comment on Proposed ACECs in the Eastern Interior RMP/EIS (1/02/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/EasternInterior_ACECs.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/january/EasternInterior_ACECs.html Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:34:37 -0700 FAIRBANKS , AK – Based on public comment on the Eastern Interior Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering changing the boundary of the proposed Fortymile Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and designating a new ACEC on the Mosquito Flats, also in the Fortymile region.  ]]>