<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:05:17 -0600 News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ Public Comment Period Open on the Environmental Assessment for Constantine Metal Resources LTD?s Mining Plan (4-26-2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/4_26_2016_Public_Comment_Period_Open_on_the_Environmental_Assessment_for_Constantine_Metal_Resources_LTD_s_Mining_Plan_.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/4_26_2016_Public_Comment_Period_Open_on_the_Environmental_Assessment_for_Constantine_Metal_Resources_LTD_s_Mining_Plan_.html Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:05:17 -0600

HAINES, Alaska — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Glennallen Field Office has opened a public review and comment period on the Environmental Analysis (EA) for Constantine Metal Resources LTD's (Constantine) proposed Plan of Operations (Plan) to expand exploration on federal mining claims located near Haines, Alaska.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska unveils vintage-style commemorative poster of the Steese National Conservation Area (4/21/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/BLM_AK_unveils_vintage-style_poster_SteeseNCA_04212016.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/BLM_AK_unveils_vintage-style_poster_SteeseNCA_04212016.html Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:06:25 -0600

FAIRBANKS — The Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office will release a new vintage-style poster and postcards of the Steese National Conservation Area for Earth Day 2016.  The posters and postcards will be available to the public at no cost from all BLM offices and public rooms in Alaska after the poster's unveiling at the Fort Wainwright Earth Day celebration on April 26.
“We invite the public to celebrate Earth Day by stopping by our office to pick up a poster and learn more about Alaska’s National Conservation Lands,” said BLM District Manager Geoff Beyersdorf. “The Steese National Conservation Area is one of the country’s most special and spectacular places and we look forward to sharing more information with the public about it.”
The Steese National Conservation Area (NCA) encompasses 1.2 million acres of public land about 100 miles northeast of Fairbanks. The NCA was designated by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980 to protect the area’s special values, particularly Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River, and caribou habitat. While various land uses are allowed in the Steese NCA, the area is managed so that its scenic, scientific, cultural and other resources are protected.
Popular activities in the summer include hiking and backpacking, hunting and wildlife viewing, bird-watching, watching the midnight sun, canoeing and rafting, fishing, and rock climbing. In winter, the Steese NCA provides untouched scenery to those intrepid travelers who explore it by ski, snowshoe, dog-sled, or snowmobile.
The BLM’s National Conservation Lands encompass some of the most scenic, culturally rich and scientifically important public land in America. These lands include approximately 875 areas (more than 32 million acres) of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and other federally-designated special places.
The vintage poster and postcard series is being produced to raise awareness and encourage greater stewardship of our National Conservation Lands. Since 2014, the BLM has published 13 vintage posters.  All the posters can be viewed at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/sets/72157644226090865
Other sites featured in the Earth Day 2016 release include Bruneau Wild and Scenic River in Idaho and Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area in Oregon.
<![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Input on White Mountains Rules and Policies (4-6-2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/4-6-2016_BLM_Seeks_Public_Input_on_White_Mountains_Rules_and_Policies.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/april/4-6-2016_BLM_Seeks_Public_Input_on_White_Mountains_Rules_and_Policies.html Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:39:55 -0600 FAIRBANKS, AK – Due to increasing visitor use and methods of recreation, the Bureau of Land Management is holding several open houses in April soliciting input on rules and policies regarding cabin stays and camping in the White Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA).
Visitor use has increased and evolved in the White Mountains NRA since the BLM last addressed camping and cabin stays. In recent years, the recreation user base has expanded beyond Interior Alaska residents to include recreationists from outside Alaska. Visitors now explore the area in winter by bike, ski, snowmobile, and dogsled, and in summer by all-terrain vehicle, boat, and foot. The high-use periods including holidays, spring break and hunting season now see the recreation facilities at full capacity.
With greater use has come more competition for the public use cabins and other recreational facilities. Due in part to this increased competition, users have expressed a desire to revisit the cabin reservation system to better accommodate trip planning. Rules and policies to be discussed at the open houses include: stay limits for popular public use cabins; cabin reservation system; and campground fees. In many cases, the White Mountains NRA’s rules and policies were put into place more than 30 years ago and do not account for changes in the types and amount of visitation the area now receives.
“The goal of these open houses is to learn from the public what the BLM needs to consider when we evaluate changing any of our current rules and policies,” said Eastern Interior Field Manager Lenore Heppler.
Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, April 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. Both open houses will be held at the BLM’s Fairbanks District Office, 222 University Avenue, in Fairbanks.

Those who are unable to attend one of the open houses will be able to provide input by using BLM’s ePlanning website (http://1.usa.gov/1SGi2lr) or by visiting the BLM’s booth at the Fairbanks Outdoor Show, April 22–24 at the Carlson Center. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Requests Nominations and Comments for 2016 NPR-A Oil & Gas Lease Sale (3-31-2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/3-31-2016_Nominations_and_Comments_for_2016_NPR-A_Oil_Gas_Lease_Sale_Requested.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/3-31-2016_Nominations_and_Comments_for_2016_NPR-A_Oil_Gas_Lease_Sale_Requested.html Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:39:23 -0600 ANCHORAGE, AKThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a notice in the Federal Register calling for nominations and comments on available tracts to be considered for its fall 2016 oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).

The notice announces a 30-day period in which interested parties may nominate or comment on available tracts. The Federal Register notice is the first step in the process leading up to the next oil and gas lease sale, which is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2016.  BLM Alaska must receive all nominations and comments on these tracts for consideration on or before May 2, 2016.
“This Call for Nominations and Comments gives industry, conservation groups, and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input into which tracts should be included in or excluded from the sale,” according to Bud Cribley, BLM Alaska State Director.
To select which tracts will be available for the oil and gas lease sale, BLM will consider the results from the Call for Nominations and Comments, existing natural resource and environmental data, the location of existing leases, multiple-use conflicts, resource potential, industry interest, and other available information.  This determination will be made consistent with the allocations and stipulations identified by the Record of Decision for the NPR-A wide Integrated Activity Plan of 2013.
There are 949 tracts on approximately 10.7 million acres that will be available for nomination and comment under this lease sale. Currently, there are 134 authorized oil and gas leases totaling 867,320 acres in the NPR-A.  
The Notice of Sale will be published in the Federal Register at least 30 days prior to the sale.
A map showing available areas is available on the BLM website, http://www.blm.gov/ak.
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<![CDATA[ Scoping Summary Report for Constantine Metal Resources (3-25-2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/3-25-2016_Scoping_Summary_Report_for_Constantine_Metal_Resources.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/3-25-2016_Scoping_Summary_Report_for_Constantine_Metal_Resources.html Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:50:21 -0600 Haines— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Glennallen Field Office today published a scoping summary report for Constantine Metal Resources LTD's (Constantine) proposed plan to extend an exploration access road to Federal mining claims located near Haines, Alaska.
To review the Scoping Summary Report in Support of the Environmental Assessment, Constantine North, Inc., Palmer Exploration Project, March 2016 for Constantine’s Proposed Plan of Operations, please visit the BLM’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) register: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do. Using an “Advanced Search,” enter this NEPA number: DOI-BLM-AK-A020-2016-0006-EA. 

“The BLM received 173 comments on the proposed plan,” noted BLM Glennallen Field Manager, Dennis Teitzel. “Comments have helped to identify several issues that will be addressed during the environmental analysis, currently underway. Our office expects to release a Draft of the analysis for public review and comment sometime in April.” ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Artist in Residence to Give Presentation (03/18/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/BLM_Artist_in_Residence_Presentation.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/BLM_Artist_in_Residence_Presentation.html Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:59:26 -0600  

FAIRBANKS, AK – Artist Christine Nguyen of Long Beach, Calif., will give a public presentation of her art and experiences last summer as a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Artist in Residence on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.
Nguyen spent a week in the Fortymile and Eagle area in July 2015 as part of the BLM's National Artist in Residence Program. The program each year hosts numerous artists to create images, objects, or performances that bring enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the public lands. 
In Alaska, the BLM hosts artists during both the summer and winter. Fairbanks artist Natalie Schuldt was recently chosen for this year's winter residency. Schuldt will spend a week in early April in the White Mountains National Recreation Area.
The BLM is now accepting applications for a 2016 Summer Artist in Residence in the Fortymile/Eagle area. Dates of the residency are at the discretion of the artist and the BLM. More information, as well as an application form, may be found at http://on.doi.gov/1dBJsJP or by contacting Collin Cogley at 474-2382. Applications must be received by April 10, 2016.
<![CDATA[ BLM Director Kornze Finalizes Transfer of 1,500 Acres to North Slope Community (3/17/16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_director_kornze2.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_director_kornze2.html Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:00:39 -0600 ANCHORAGE – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze today finalized the transfer of approximately 1,500 acres of land to the Olgoonik Corporation in Wainwright. The transfer fulfills requirements in congressional legislation directing the BLM to sell the lands to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) corporation. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Director Kornze Visits Legacy Well Sites in the NPR-A (03/16/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/BLM_Director_Kornze_Visits_Legacy_Well_Sites_in_the_NPR-A_03162016.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/BLM_Director_Kornze_Visits_Legacy_Well_Sites_in_the_NPR-A_03162016.html Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:56:25 -0600 ANCHORAGE – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze spent yesterday visiting ongoing cleanup work on legacy wells in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A), a 22.8 million-acre roadless area located 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The U.S. Geological Survey and U.S Navy drilled 136 test holes within and adjacent to the NPR-A for oil and gas resource exploration and gathering of geological data. The BLM was given responsibility for managing the NPR-A in 1976 and has been assessing, plugging, and remediating legacy wells since 1982. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Director Kornze to Visit Alaska's North Slope (3/11/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_director_kornze.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/blm_director_kornze.html Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:54:46 -0700 ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that ?Director Neil Kornze will travel to the U.S. Arctic next? week.  His visit to Alaska’s North Slope will include a tour of legacy well clean-up efforts in progress at Cape Simpson and Iko Bay. He will also meet with Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporations, local government officials and community ??leaders in Wainwright and Barrow. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Announces Public Meeting, Webinar on Land-use Planning Initiative (03/08/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/BLM_Planning_2-0_03082016.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/march/BLM_Planning_2-0_03082016.html Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:05:20 -0700 Read the full news release ]]>