<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:02:51 -0700 All Rights belong to the BLM News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Hosts Public Meetings and Online Open House for Bering Sea-Western Interior RMP (2-22-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/bswi_rmp_public_mtgs.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/bswi_rmp_public_mtgs.html Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:02:51 -0700

ANCHORAGE -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a Preliminary Alternatives Outreach Period and Online Open House February 22 – March 20, 2015, for the Bering Sea-Western Interior Resource Management Plan. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Approves Greater Mooses Tooth Unit (2/13/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/2-13-2015_Greater_Mooses_Tooth_Oil_and_Gas_Development_.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/2-13-2015_Greater_Mooses_Tooth_Oil_and_Gas_Development_.html Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:28:20 -0700

Record of Decision Balances Resource Protection and Development; Project will be First Production from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Seeks Nominations to Resource Advisory Council (2-10-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/2_10_2015_BLM_Alaska_Seeks_Nominations_to_Resource_Advisory_Council.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/february/2_10_2015_BLM_Alaska_Seeks_Nominations_to_Resource_Advisory_Council.html Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:29:09 -0700 The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it is seeking nominations for 5 positions on BLM’s Alaska Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the BLM on public land issues.  As published in a Federal Register notice on February 3, 2015, the BLM will accept nominations for 45 days.  The nomination period ends March 20, 2015.

The BLM’s RACs, 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 Bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 31 RACs across the west, where most BLM-managed land is located.  The Alaska RAC consists of 15 members with an interest or expertise in public land management and includes such individuals as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, tribal officials, and academics.  The diverse membership of the RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers get the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.
“As a land-management agency that carries out a multiple-use mission, the BLM seeks out and values diverse input from citizens who care about the stewardship of America’s public lands,” said BLM Alaska State Director  Bud Cribley.  “This input advances our efforts in managing uses of and protecting resources on the public lands for future generations of Americans to enjoy.”
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an advisory council.  Nominees, who must be residents of the state where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be evaluated on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographical area.  Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision making.  All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.
Alaska has five positions open in the following categories:
·         Category One (1 position) – Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.
·         Category Two (1 position)– Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.
·         Category Three (3 positions) – Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

To learn more about the BLM Alaska RAC and download an application, visit http://www.blm.gov/ak/rac or contact Thom Jennings, RAC Coordinator, at email:  tjenning@blm.gov or telephone (907) 271-3335. ]]> <![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.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Seeks White Mountains Artist in Residence (12-29-14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/BLM_Seeks_White_Mtns_Artist_122914.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/BLM_Seeks_White_Mtns_Artist_122914.html Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:42:36 -0700 FAIRBANKS — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking an artist for its week-long Artist-in-Residence program in the White Mountains National Recreation Area this winter. ]]> <![CDATA[ North Slope Science Initiative seeks Science Technical Advisory Panel members (12-18-2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/12_18_2014_North_Slope_Science_Initiative_seeks_Science_Technical_Advisory_Panel_members.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/december/12_18_2014_North_Slope_Science_Initiative_seeks_Science_Technical_Advisory_Panel_members.html Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:24:11 -0700 Anchorage—The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) is seeking six new members for its Science Technology Panel. The 15-member panel of scientists and technical experts plays a critical advisory role for the NSSI and its Oversight Group by assisting with resource inventories, monitoring, and research needs for Alaska’s North Slope. 
Panel membership is diverse and may represent the oil and gas industry, subsistence users, traditional ecological knowledge, conservation organizations, academia, and other entities. Panel members may come from disciplines such as landscape ecology, petroleum engineering, civil engineering, geology, botany, hydrology, limnology, habitat biology, wildlife biology, biometrics, sociology, cultural anthropology, economics, ornithology, oceanography, fisheries biology, climatology, or North Slope traditional and local knowledge.
The Secretary of the Interior appoints NSSI’s Science Technology Panel members for three-year terms. While serving on the panel, members will be reimbursed for official travel (airline tickets, lodging and per diem) to participate on the panel. The Federal Advisory Committee Act does not permit salaries, benefits or honorariums for appointees. 

The Federal Register published a notice on Dec. 18, 2014 soliciting nominations.  The NSSI must receive all nominations and required attachments no later than February 2, 2015.  For information, instructions and the nomination form, go to http://www.northslope.org/. ]]>