<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:09:55 -0600 All Rights belong to the BLM News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ BLM-Alaska Resource Advisory Council to meet in Fairbanks April 23 & 24 (4/14/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/4-14-2014_BLM-Alaska_Resource_Advisory_Council_to_meet_in_Fairbanks_April_23___24.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/4-14-2014_BLM-Alaska_Resource_Advisory_Council_to_meet_in_Fairbanks_April_23___24.html Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:09:55 -0600 ANCHORAGE – The BLM-Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet next week at the Fairbanks Westmark Hotel in in the Yukon Room. The hotel is located at 813 Noble Street in Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.  The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. on both April 23 & 24. The council will accept comments from the public on Wednesday, April 23 from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

The agenda includes discussion regarding new policies for placer mining. The council formed a fact-finding subcommittee to assist the BLM with communicating and educating the stakeholders prior to implementing the new policies. The subcommittee will report on their preliminary work to the full RAC.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Selects First Artist for New White Mountains Artist in Residence Program (4/8/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/4-8-2014_BLM_Selects_First_Artist_for_New_White_Mountains_Artist_in_Residence_Program.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/4-8-2014_BLM_Selects_First_Artist_for_New_White_Mountains_Artist_in_Residence_Program.html Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:20:43 -0600 Fairbanks, AK—The Bureau of Land Management has selected local artist Sarah DeGennaro as the first Artist-in-Residence for the White Mountains National Recreation Area. The BLM will be hosting DeGennaro April 14–18 at the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter in the White Mountains.

DeGennaro is a resident of Fairbanks and has been active in the local art community for several years. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, DeGennaro has had her art exhibited at the National Science Foundation and at numerous private and group displays. Her artwork has also appeared in interpretive materials for the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks.
“I have enjoyed the easily accessible wilderness setting of the White Mountains, and I believe my art can both encourage people to take advantage of this nearby retreat and prolong their experience,” DeGennaro said. 

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. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Campbell Creek Science Center Final Fireside Chat of the Season (4/9/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/4_8_2014_BLM_Campbell_Creek_Science_Center_Final_Fireside_Chat_of_the_Season.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/april/4_8_2014_BLM_Campbell_Creek_Science_Center_Final_Fireside_Chat_of_the_Season.html Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:55:55 -0600 ANCHORAGE – The BLM Science Center will host its last fireside chat at 7 p.m. on April 16. “Marine Mammals in a Changing Sea: Sentinels or Sitting Targets?” will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Burns, professor of biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The session describes new technologies that are enabling scientists to collect real-time information about ocean conditions and the marine mammal physiological characteristics that may limit their ability to respond to shifts in oceanographic conditions. 

Questions to be addressed include: What do marine mammals need to survive? How may climate change impact their ability to live well in the ocean? Does it matter if the mammals live in the Arctic or Antarctic?
The program is free and open to the public. The Campbell Creek Science Center is located at 5600 Science Center Drive on the BLM Campbell Tract off Elmore Road near 68th Avenue. Call 269-1214 for additional information.
<![CDATA[ Ring of Fire Amendment (3/13/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/3-13-2014_Ring_of_Fire_Amendment.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/3-13-2014_Ring_of_Fire_Amendment.html Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:39:36 -0600 The Bureau of Land Management is announcing a delay in the Haines Planning Area Amendment to the Ring of Fire Resource Management Plan. 
New scientific information related to mountain goats in the Haines area as well as an increased awareness of Alaska Native cultural values relating to these goat populations has prompted BLM to identify a new proposed alternative for a mountain goat habitat Area of Critical Environmental Concern for portions of the planning area.
A final decision on the amendment was expected in early 2014. However, developing a new alternative for public review and comment is expected to delay the amendment for at least a year. 
“The BLM is dedicated to ensuring that the most recent scientific findings and cultural information are incorporated into planning efforts,” said Anchorage Field Office Manager Alan Bittner,
The Planning Area is located in Southeast Alaska.  Approximately 320,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands are located in two main blocks or parcels; the north block is located northwest of Skagway along the United States-Canada border and the south block is located southwest of the City of Haines along the boundary of Glacier Bay National Park.  The planning area encompasses the cities of Haines and Skagway.
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<![CDATA[ New Artist in Residence Program in the White Mountains National Recreation Area (3/11/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/3-11-2014_New_Artist_in_Residence_Program_in_the_White_Mountains_National_Recreation_Area.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/3-11-2014_New_Artist_in_Residence_Program_in_the_White_Mountains_National_Recreation_Area.html Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:10:59 -0600  
Fairbanks, AK— Applications are due this Friday for the Bureau of Land Management’s new Artist-in-Residence program in Interior Alaska. The BLM will be hosting an artist for a week in a cabin in the White Mountains National Recreation Area.
The April 14–18 residence at the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter in the White Mountains 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 cabin, but artists are responsible for their daily expenses. Artists are expected to donate the use of a piece of artwork inspired by their time in the White Mountains to help promote public lands.
“The lands managed by the BLM in Alaska have unique and special qualities,” said Eastern Interior Field Manager Lenore Heppler. “We’re hoping that an artist’s fresh perspective might help us shine more light on some of these local treasures like the White Mountains.”
The BLM eventually plans on offering several residencies annually in different seasons and locations, including another in the White Mountains and a summer residency in the Fortymile region.

More information and applications can be obtained from Craig Tanner at ctanner@blm.gov or 907-474-2321. ]]> <![CDATA[ Campbell Creek Science Center Fireside Chat-Working Dogs (3/10/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/3-10-2014_Campbell_Creek_Science_Center_Fireside_Chat-Working_Dogs.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/3-10-2014_Campbell_Creek_Science_Center_Fireside_Chat-Working_Dogs.html Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:32:27 -0600 Anchorage – Dogs are some of the most adaptable mammal athletes around. They are able to perform as superior athletes in temperatures from minus 40 to 120 degrees and at altitudes of 20,000 feet. How do they do it? Find out at the Campbell Creek Science Center Fireside Chat March 12.

Dr. Michael Davis, professor of veterinary sports medicine at Oklahoma State University will describe some of the recent advances in understanding how dogs rapidly adapt to extreme environmental and physiological demands while maintaining their capacity for athletic performance.
The program begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center (5600 Science Center Drive).

The program is free and open to the public. Please call 267-1241 for more information. ]]> <![CDATA[ Public Meeting Schedule Set For Greater Mooses Tooth Unit Project (3/6/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/3-6-2014_Public_Meeting_Schedule_Set_For_Greater_Mooses_Tooth_Unit_Project.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/march/3-6-2014_Public_Meeting_Schedule_Set_For_Greater_Mooses_Tooth_Unit_Project.html Thu, 6 Mar 2014 17:16:23 -0700 Anchorage-The BLM has scheduled public meetings and subsistence hearings this month to gather comments on the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Unit 1 (GMT1) oil and gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).

Meetings will be held in Anchorage, Fairbanks and in several villages on the North Slope of Alaska between March 10 and March 20. A full schedule is provided below.
·         March 10: Point Lay Community Center. Open House 4-6, Meeting/Hearing 6 p.m.
·         March 11: Atqasuk Community Center. Open House 3:30-5, Meeting/Hearing 6:30 p.m.
·         March 12: Barrow NSB Assembly Chambers. Open House 4-6, Meeting/Hearing 6 p.m.
·         March 13: Nuiqsut Kisik Community Center. Open House 4-6, Meeting/Hearing, 6 p.m.
·         March 17: Wainwright Community Center. Open House 4-6, Meeting/Hearing     6 p.m.
·         March 18: Anaktuvuk Pass Community Center. Open House 4-6, Meeting/Hearing 6 p. m.
·         March 19: Fairbanks BLM Fairbanks District Office Kobuk Room. Open House 4-6, Meeting 6 pm.
·         March 20: Anchorage Campbell Creek Science Center. Open House 4-6, Meeting 6 p.m.
The BLM released a draft environmental review for the proposed project on February 21, 2014, launching a public comment period through April 22, 2014. The public meetings in North Slope villages will also serve as hearings on potential impacts to subsistence resources as required by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act Section 810.
In July 2013, ConocoPhillips, Alaska, Inc. (CPAI) submitted an application for a right-of-way grant and related authorizations to construct a drill site, pipelines and other facilities to support development of petroleum resources within the Greater Mooses Tooth (GMT) Unit.
The project as proposed by CPAI would include construction of an 11.8-acre drill pad, an 8-mile access road, above-ground elevated pipelines and an electric power line connecting the GMT1 drill pad to CPAI’s CD-5 drill pad currently under development. The GMT1 pad would have a capacity for up to 33 production wells including several injection wells, and be located on a federal oil and gas lease previously issued by BLM under the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act (NPRPA). The project proposes to access federal oil and gas resources, as well as resources owned by the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.
The proposed development was originally analyzed in the BLM’s 2004 Alpine Satellite Development Plan (ASDP) and is also subject to the 2012 NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan (IAP). The BLM has prepared a draft supplement to the ASDP to evaluate any relevant new circumstances and information which have arisen since 2004. 
The draft plan is available on the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/ak/GMTU1. Public comments can also be submitted by any of the following methods:
·          email:        gmt1comments@slrconsulting.com
·          fax:           (907) 271- 3933
·          mail:         GMT1 Draft SEIS Comments
Attn: Bridget Psarianos
222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13
                        Anchorage, Alaska 99513.
·          In person at the BLM Public Information Center at 222 W. 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99513.
If you have questions about the public comment process, please call Bridget Psarianos, BLM-Alaska Project Lead at (907) 271-4208.
Documents pertinent to this proposal may also be examined at the BLM Fairbanks District Office, 1150 University Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709; and the BLM Alaska State Office Public Room, 222 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99513.

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The subcommittee will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. from the Fairbanks District Office at 1150 University Avenue and Anchorage District Office on Campbell Tract at 4700 BLM Road. The public is invited to attend.
The RAC advises and makes recommendations to the BLM on public land management issues. Discussion items at the subcommittee will include ways to develop an effective communication and outreach strategy for the BLM placer mining policy.
For more information or if interested in attending the meeting, please contact RAC Coordinator Thom Jennings at 907-271-3335, tjenning@blm.gov.

The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The full BLM-Alaska RAC meets at least twice a year. More information on the BLM Alaska RAC is online at http://www.blm.gov/ak/rac.html. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM-Alaska Hosts Iditarod Ceremonial Start Activities (2/26/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/february/BLM_News_Release.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/february/BLM_News_Release.html Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:23:53 -0700

Anchorage – On Saturday, March 1, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Tract will host public viewing and the finish of the Anchorage route for the Iditarod Ceremonial Start for the 42nd 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[ National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Working Group to Meet in Fairbanks (2/21/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/february/national_petroleum.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/february/national_petroleum.html Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:13:32 -0700 ANCHORAGE -- The National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) Working Group will meet at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks on February 27, 2014. This is the first regular meeting of the group, which was established by the Secretary of the Interior in the 2013 Record of Decision for the NPR-A Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement.

The Working Group is comprised of 19 members representing the North Slope communities of Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Barrow, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Hope, Point Lay, and Wainwright and also includes representatives from the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS), the North Slope Borough, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. The Working Group is intended to increase the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s understanding of the economic, subsistence, and wider social impacts of activities in the NPR-A. The BLM is facilitating the formation and meetings of the group.
The Working Group will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is expected to hear briefings on NPR-A issues and begin work on a charter. Additional information can be obtained from Lon Kelly at 907-474-2368.
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