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BLM-Alaska State Office
Release Date: 06/26/13
Contacts: John Payne 907-271-3431,    
  Erin Curtis, 907-271-4418,    
News Release No. 13-18

North Slope Science Initiative seeks Science Technical Advisory Panel members

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 the notice on June 26,2013 soliciting nominations for this panel.  The NSSI must receive all nominations and required attachments no later than July 26, 2013.  For information, instructions, and the nomination form, go to
Congress established the NSSI under Section 348 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58). This Act directs the NSSI to coordinate scientific data collections that will provide a better understanding of the terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems of Alaska’s North Slope. The NSSI also works to identify and prioritize information needs to address individual and cumulative effects of development activities and environmental change. The Secretary of the Interior is required to consult and coordinate with federal, state and local agencies and governments that have responsibility for land and resource management across the North Slope, including the marine environment, to ensure the comprehensive collection of scientific data.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including 72 million acres in Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.

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