<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:40:05 -0600 News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor signs final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act entitlement for Nunamiut Corporation ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/deputy_interior_secretary.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/deputy_interior_secretary.html Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:40:05 -0600 ANCHORAGE – Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor today signed the final patent for the transfer of 10,170 acres of land to the Nunamiut Corporation, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporation for the village of Anaktuvuk Pass.  The patent fulfils the corporation’s final land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.  Additional acreage was also transferred to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation at the signing ceremony as part of a three-way land exchange.
 
“This is a historic milestone for Anaktuvuk Pass as well as for the federal family and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, whose cooperation was critically important in achieving this outcome,” Connor said.  “This also reflects President Obama’s ongoing commitment to help Alaska Native leaders build strong, resilient communities and expedite the remaining land conveyances to Alaska Native corporations.”
With this final transfer and patent, the Nunamiut Corporation will have received 92,160 acres under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.   
 
The village of Anaktuvuk Pass is located entirely within Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.  Land conveyed today finalizes a land exchange involving the village corporation, the National Park Service, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation that will allow continued subsistence activities and access by local residents while protecting public use and conservation of certain lands.
 
Nearly 44 million acres, or 96%, of the 45.7 million acres of Native land entitlements under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act have been conveyed to Alaska Native corporations over the past 40 years. All but 10 million acres of those conveyances have received final patent. Most of the remaining lands have been surveyed but need survey plats and final patent confirmation. Final entitlement has been met for 99 villages with 135 remaining requiring closure.
 
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<![CDATA[ Clarifications for Unit 13 Federal Subsistence - Paxson Closed Area (10/12/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/clarifications_for.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/clarifications_for.html Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:07:55 -0600 GLENNALLEN – A recent, detailed, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land status review has revealed that an additional 29,000 acres of lands in the vicinity of Paxson Lake, Alaska are unencumbered Federal public lands and are therefore open to Federal subsistence hunting. Approximately 1,500 acres of these Federal lands underlay a portion of the approximately 12,000 acre, State of Alaska, Game Management Unit 13, Paxson Closed Area. The Unit 13 Federal subsistence caribou hunt reopens October 21.   "It's important that Federal subsistence hunters review the updated map," cautions BLM Glennallen Field Manager, Dennis Teitzel. "Federal subsistence hunters need to understand that the entire Paxson Closed Area isn't open to Federal subsistence. Federal hunters should consult the updated map to ensure they are only hunting on Federal lands within that area."
 
Lands added to the Unit 13 Federal subsistence hunt map within the vicinity of Paxson Lake were once top-filed by the State of Alaska in 1993 and 1994. Through an administrative review process conducted in 1994, 1995, and 2008, it was determined that these were BLM unencumbered lands. The land status change went unnoticed at the field level. “It was an unfortunate oversight,” explains Glennallen Field Manager, Dennis Teitzel. “These lands have actually been Federal unencumbered lands for several years.”
                                                                  
The Alaska National Interest Lands Claim Act (ANILCA) defines areas open to Federal subsistence, as Federal unencumbered lands. All of these Federal lands are in Federal Subsistence Unit 13 and, by definitions in ANILCA, are currently open to Unit 13 Federal subsistence users. 
 
The U.S. Department of Interior Federal Subsistence Board is responsible for developing and updating Federal subsistence regulations for Federal public lands in Alaska. Any member of the public can submit a proposal to the Federal subsistence board to change current Federal subsistence harvest regulations. Learn how to submit proposals to the Federal Subsistence Board at: www.doi.gov/subsistence/proposal/submit.  
 
Federal subsistence hunters are advised to always check for updates to Federal subsistence regulations prior to hunting. Updated maps for Unit 13 Federal subsistence are available at the BLM Glennallen Field Office or online at www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/fo/gdo.html

For additional information contact the BLM Glennallen Field Office at (907) 822-3217. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM fulfills final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act entitlement for Native Village of Newhalen (10/10/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/ak14-40_final_entitlement_newhalen_10-10-14.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/october/ak14-40_final_entitlement_newhalen_10-10-14.html Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:34:58 -0600   ]]> <![CDATA[ Resource Advisory Council to meet in Anchorage September 29 & 30 (9/24/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/9-24-2014_Resource_Advisory_Council_to_meet_in_Anchorage_September_29___30.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/9-24-2014_Resource_Advisory_Council_to_meet_in_Anchorage_September_29___30.html Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:34:10 -0600 ANCHORAGE – The BLM-Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet at the Office of Aviation Services located at 4405 Lear Court, Anchorage, Alaska. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. on both September 29 & 30 in training room #109.  The council will accept comments from the public on Monday, September 29 from 3:10-4:00 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.  Depending on the number of people wishing to comment, time for individual oral comments may be limited.  Please be prepared to submit written comments if necessary. ]]> <![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.
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<![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.
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<![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. 
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<![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.
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<![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.
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