<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:36:29 -0600 News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![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.
<![CDATA[ BLM Receives Proposal for Mineral Exploration near Fort Knox Mine (7/11/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/july/7-11-2014_BLM_Receives_Proposal_for_Mineral_Exploration_near_Fort_Knox_Mine.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/july/7-11-2014_BLM_Receives_Proposal_for_Mineral_Exploration_near_Fort_Knox_Mine.html Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:48:09 -0600

The BLM's news release of July 11, 2014 incorrectly listed a 45-day public comment period. This release was corrected on July 14, 2014, to show a 30-day public comment period. Public comments must be received on or before August 11, 2014. ]]> <![CDATA[ Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (6/18/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/rapid_ecoregional.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/rapid_ecoregional.html Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:11:41 -0600 The BLM today issued its first Rapid Ecoregional Assessment, or REA, in Alaska, summarizing the conditions of the Seward Peninsula ecoregions.

REAs gather and synthesize existing data for all the lands in an ecoregion and identify important habitats for fish, wildlife, and species of concern. REAs also help identify areas that are not ecologically intact or readily restorable; and where development activities, such as transmission lines, may be directed to minimize potential impacts.  REAs then gauge the potential of these habitats to be affected by four overarching environmental change agents:  climate change, wildfires, invasive species, and development. 

State Director Bud Cribley said, “Alaska is unique in that we have not experienced the large scale land development that causes threats to terrestrial and aquatic habitat on the scale that the other western states have. REAs will assist us in identifying overlapping areas of concern that we can address during our planning processes so that we wisely manage the public lands to sustain their health, diversity and productivity.” ]]> <![CDATA[ Alaska Middle School Students Go "North for Science" (6/4/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/0.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/0.html Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:34:41 -0600 FAIRBANKS – Eight local middle school students are heading up the Dalton Highway this week to learn about science of the Arctic region as part of North for Science, a new education program launched by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Alaska Geographic Association.

The students will spend the week of June 6 to 13 working side-by-side with researchers in the fields of biology, ornithology, hydrology, botany and more. The program will include stops at the Arctic Circle, Coldfoot, Atigun Pass and Galbraith Lake. A visit to the Toolik Field Station will introduce students to the lifestyle and work of on-site researchers.

“Far too few of Fairbanks youth get an opportunity to learn from this vast region to their north,” said Carol Scott, local science teacher and project lead. “It is our hope that North for Science will become a long-term education initiative for inspiring kids to pursue careers in natural resource management.”

In addition to agency and Alaska Geographic support, the North for Science program received an education grant from the Murie Science and Learning Center at Denali National Park. For more information on the program, please contact Karen Deatherage at 907-474-2203 or Maria Berger at 907-455-0675. ]]>
<![CDATA[ BLM fulfills Chuathbaluk ANCSA entitlement (6/4/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/blm_fulfills_chuathbaluk.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/blm_fulfills_chuathbaluk.html Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:25:09 -0600

  ]]> <![CDATA[ NPRA Lease Sale Call for Nominations (6/3/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/ak14-29_npra_lease.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/ak14-29_npra_lease.html Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:21:51 -0600

  ]]> <![CDATA[ 2 Alaskans Receive National Volunteer Awards 2014 (6/2/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/news_release_volunteer.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/june/news_release_volunteer.html Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:04:13 -0600

  ]]> <![CDATA[ 1,760 students to attend Outdoor Week! (5/13/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/may/1_760_students_to.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/may/1_760_students_to.html Tue, 13 May 2014 18:02:32 -0600

  ]]> <![CDATA[ Notice of Tundra Closure for National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (5/10/14) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/may/Notice_of_Tundra_Closure_for_NPR-A05102014.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/may/Notice_of_Tundra_Closure_for_NPR-A05102014.html Sat, 10 May 2014 18:01:32 -0600

FAIRBANKS — 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., Monday, May 12, 2014.

Snow and weather conditions in the NPR-A are no longer adequate for winter overland tundra travel.

For additional information, contact Stacie McIntosh at (907) 474-2310, or the Arctic Field Office at (907) 474-2200.
]]> <![CDATA[ Alaska Fire Service announces Prescribed fires at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (05/5/2014) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/may/05-5-2014_Alaska_Fire_Service_announces_Prescribed_fires_at_Joint_Base_Elmendorf-Richardson.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/may/05-5-2014_Alaska_Fire_Service_announces_Prescribed_fires_at_Joint_Base_Elmendorf-Richardson.html Mon, 5 May 2014 17:30:42 -0600 FAIRBANKS – The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service will assist the U.S. Army Garrison-Alaska with the coordination and implementation of prescribed fires at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson approximately five miles north and east of Anchorage. Ignition on the Small Arms Complex, Multipurpose Training Range (MPTR), Infantry Platoon Battle Course (IPBC), Infantry Squad Battle Course (ISBC), and Malemute Drop Zone is scheduled for May 6 and may continue through Sunday, May 18 as weather conditions permit. ]]>