<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Tue, 24 May 2016 13:35:59 -0600 News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska to Partner with other Federal Land Management Agencies on Visitor Access Survey (5/24/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/BLM_Alaska_to_Partner_with_other_Federal_Land_Management_Agencies_on_Visitor_Access_Survey_05242016.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/BLM_Alaska_to_Partner_with_other_Federal_Land_Management_Agencies_on_Visitor_Access_Survey_05242016.html Tue, 24 May 2016 13:35:59 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – In an effort to improve transportation and access to federal parks, forests, refuges and public lands, Alaska federal land management agencies (FLMA) will conduct a statewide survey this summer to learn more about how visitors travel to public lands in the state.   ]]> <![CDATA[ Agencies Release Study of ?West-Wide? Energy Corridors (5/20/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/Agencies_Release_Study_of_West-Wide_Energy_Corridors_05202016.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/Agencies_Release_Study_of_West-Wide_Energy_Corridors_05202016.html Fri, 20 May 2016 12:12:52 -0600 WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) today released a study that provides a foundation for upcoming regional reviews of energy corridors on western public lands to assess the need for revisions and provide greater public input regarding areas that may be well suited for transmission siting.  The regional reviews will begin with priority corridors in southern California, southern Nevada and western Arizona, and provide more opportunities for collaboration with the public and Federal, Tribal, state and local governmental stakeholders.
The study examines whether the energy corridors established under Section 368(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 are achieving their purpose to promote environmentally responsible corridor-siting decisions and to reduce the proliferation of dispersed rights-of-way crossing Federal lands. With the aim of encouraging more efficient and effective use of the corridors, the study establishes baseline data and presents opportunities and challenges for further consideration during the periodic regional reviews that BLM and USFS will conduct.
The corridors address a national concern by fostering long-term, systematic planning for energy transport development in the West; providing industry with a coordinated and consistent interagency permitting process; and establishing practicable measures to avoid or minimize environmental harm from future development within the corridors.   Section 368(a) directed several federal agencies to designate corridors on federal lands in the 11 contiguous western states to provide linear pathways for siting oil, gas and hydrogen pipelines and high voltage transmission and distribution facilities. The contiguous states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The BLM, USFS, and DOE, among others, undertook an unprecedented landscape scale effort, including a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, starting in 2006 and completed in 2009, that designated nearly 6,000 miles of corridors, issuing two Records of Decisions and associated land use plan amendments
As required by a 2012 Settlement Agreement that resolved litigation about the corridors identified, the BLM, USFS and DOE established an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explain how the agencies will review the Section 368 (a) corridors on a regional basis. The MOU, signed in June 2013, describes the interagency process for conducting the reviews, the types of information and data to be considered, and the process for incorporating resulting recommendations in BLM and USFS land use plans.
The full-text of the corridor study is available online at:
<![CDATA[ Notice of Tundra Closure (5-10-2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/5_10_2016_Notice_of_Tundra_Closure.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/5_10_2016_Notice_of_Tundra_Closure.html Tue, 10 May 2016 11:57:32 -0600 FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Bureau of Land Management’s Arctic Field Office today announced the closure of winter overland tundra travel for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Releases North Slope REA (5/6/2016) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/5-6-2016_BLM_Releases_North_Slope_REA.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/5-6-2016_BLM_Releases_North_Slope_REA.html Fri, 6 May 2016 16:28:20 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bureau of Land Management announces availability of the North Slope Rapid Ecoregional Assessment, or REA, summarizing the conditions of nearly 62 million acres of the North Slope region of Alaska. ]]> <![CDATA[ More than 1,700 students to attend Outdoor Week at CCSC 5-4-2016 ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/5_4_2016_More_than_1_700_students_to_attend_Outdoor_Week.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/may/5_4_2016_More_than_1_700_students_to_attend_Outdoor_Week.html Wed, 4 May 2016 16:30:10 -0600 ANCHORAGE – The BLM Campbell Creek Science Center and the Anchorage School District have teamed up to host Outdoor Week, the single largest event of the year at the Science Center. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of this hugely successful outdoor education event. Anchorage area sixth-grade students will learn about the natural world through hands-on learning activities. Instructors from state, federal, and community organizations will guide students through a series of learning stations that feature:
·         gold panning
·         bear awareness
·         fly tying and fly casting
·         water flow
·         Alaskan animal adaptations
·         Insects, weather, and more!
Outdoor Week is May 10-13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. each day. The entrance to the BLM Campbell Tract is located at 68th Avenue & Elmore Road and the Campbell Creek Science Center is located at 5600 Science Center Drive.  For more information, contact Project Lead Eric Stuart at 267-1241.

 The media is invited to drop in at any of the learning stations throughout this event. Please check in at the Science Center for a map with locations! ]]> <![CDATA[ Public Comment Period Open on the EA 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.” ]]>