**Mark items that are new in this issue. What’s Up January 27, 2011 Compiled Weekly by Peg Tileston On behalf of the Alaska Women’s Environmental Network (AWEN), Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE), and Alaska Conservation Alliance (ACA) WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, TRAINING, WEBINARS, WEBCASTS, STATEWIDE EVENTS & TELECONFERENCES **January 31 (TELECONFERENCE) The BOARD OF FORESTRY will meet by teleconference from 1 to 3:30pm. The agenda will include reports and discussion on 2011 legislation regarding: Additions to the Southeast State Forest; Public safety and the Forest Resources & Practices Act (HB 91); and Invasive species council and coordination; Other forestry matters may be included on the agenda. There will be an opportunity for public comment at 1:10pm. Public teleconference sites will be available at the following locations: Juneau: Dept. of Natural Resources 4th floor conference room,; Fairbanks: DNR 3700 Airport Way; Anchorage: Division of Forestry conference room in the Atwood Building, 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1450; Ketchikan: Division of Forestry office,, Suite 213. For more information, contact Marty Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-269-8467. February 7 - 11 ANCHORAGE - The ANNUAL ALASKA FORUM ON THE ENVIRONMENT will be held at the Dena'ina Center. For 2011, AFE offers more than 80 technical breakout sessions featuring climate change, energy environmental regulations, cleanup and remediation, fish & wildlife, solid waste, and special programs for Alaskan youth. Keynote events and speakers focus on Alaska talent. AFE will be announcing more keynotes and morning speakers in coming weeks. For more information, go to http://akforum.com/. February 9 ANCHORAGE- COASTAL COMMUNITIES WORKSHOP will be held at the Hotel Captain Cook from 9am to 4pm, co-sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC). The workshop will be an open dialogue and include presentations and discussions on various coastal issues including seafood development, energy, climate change, small business opportunities, and more. The Alaska Sea Grant program is full of marine researchers and community development experts that are dedicated to the sustainability of our seas and coasts, and to the communities and people that rely on the marine environment. Our aim is for the workshop to be fun and interactive, and to hopefully engage participants on what it will take to keep our coastal communities and marine resources alive and thriving for generations to come. Please visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e36fllu03a66e0f8&llr=vxwnurbab to register and find out more. February 9 ANCHORAGE - COASTAL COMMUNITIES WORKSHOP will be held at the Hotel Captain Cook from 9am to 4pm, co-sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC). The workshop will be an open dialogue and include presentations and discussions on various coastal issues including seafood development, energy, climate change, small business opportunities, and more. The Alaska Sea Grant program is full of marine researchers and community development experts that are dedicated to the sustainability of our seas and coasts, and to the communities and people that rely on the marine environment. Our aim is for the workshop to be fun and interactive, and to hopefully engage participants on what it will take to keep our coastal communities and marine resources alive and thriving for generations to come. Please visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e36fllu03a66e0f8&llr=vxwnurbab to register and find out more. February 10 (STATEWIDE TELECONFERENCE) Public hearing will be held from 1:30 to 3:30pm via teleconference on the proposal to reissue an ALASKA CONSTRUCTION GENERAL PERMIT (ACGP) for discharges from LARGE AND SMALL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES under the AK POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (APDES). The permit authorizes and sets conditions on the discharge of pollutants from construction projects to waters in Alaska. In order to ensure protection of water quality and human health, the permit describes control measures that must be used to control the types and amounts of pollutants that can be discharged from construction activities. Explanation of the permit is available at http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wnpspc/stormwater/index.htm To participate, call toll-free 1-800- 315-6338, call-in code 6283#. For more information or to submit comments, contact William Ashton at 907-269-6283, Fax 907-269-3487 or email william.Ashton@alaska.gov. February 12 - 13 Workshop for educators on ALASKA-SPECFIC INVASIVE PLANT CURRICULA, the "Weed Wackers" Elementary curriculum and the "Taking Root" high school curriculum will be held from 10am to 5pm at UAA Commons Room 106. KATIE SPELLMAN (a scientist currently pursuing her PhD at UAF) and her mom CHRISTINE VILLANO (an elementary school educator in Fairbanks with decades of teaching experience) will be conducting the workshop. During the course of the workshop participants will; Learn invasive plant biology and identification, Be exposed to the teaching resources available on the topic around the state; Gain hands-on experience implementing the curriculum activities using the science learning cycle model; and Practice ecological field methods used in some of the lessons and gain tips on how to approach these methods with K-6 students. All participants receive material to help them teach about invasive plants in their classrooms, including a free hard copy of the curriculum guide, a CD for printing worksheets and accessing supplementary Powerpoint slide shows, informational pamphlets and ID guides, and new lessons that have been recently developed to match the most current invasive plant research in Alaska. Participation in the workshop is FREE. If attendees are interested this workshop can be taken for one 500-level professional development credit through the UAA-PACE program for $74. For more information or If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by February 9 to Ashley Grant at email@example.com or contact (907) 786-6315 or Fax (907) 786-6312. February 14 & 15 KENAI - ALASKA CERTIFIED EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL LEAD (AK-CESCL) STORM WATER TRAINING PROGRAM will be hosted at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. This training provides certification for commercial and residential builders, project engineers, natural resource managers and/or anyone responsible for creating, maintaining or evaluating a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. $350 registration covers all course materials & fees, food, and certification of completion. Class size limited to 40, so please register in advance. Sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum. Contact Rhonda at (907) 260-5427 or Rhonda@kenaiwatershed.org to enroll. February 16 & 17 HOMER - ALASKA CERTIFIED EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL LEAD (AK-CESCL) STORM WATER TRAINING PROGRAM will be hosted at the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. This training provides certification for commercial and residential builders, project engineers, natural resource managers and/or anyone responsible for creating, maintaining or evaluating a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. $350 registration covers all course materials & fees, food, and certification of completion. Class size limited to 40, so please register in advance. Sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum and coordinated in partnership with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve's Coastal Training Program. Contact Rhonda at (907) 260-5427 or Rhonda@kenaiwatershed.org to enroll. February 26 A one-day, annual training course CARE AND REHABILITATION OF OILED SEA OTTERS will be held from 7:30am to 5pm at the British Petroleum Building (900 E. Benson Blvd. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. The training program is designed to provide 16 hours of Hazwoper Training so that, in the event of an oil spill, you will be OSHA approved to assist with the care of oiled sea otters in the rehabilitation facility. To satisfy the annual 16 hour training requirement and receive your OSHA Certification, you must complete the online training (see below) and attend the course on March 13. As in the past, you will register for the course online at the International Wildlife Research home at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.. At the bottom of the page you will see the link for registration. Please provide all of the information requested. We place it in the roster, and it enables us to contact you if there is a spill. If you have difficulty or can not register online, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281- 250-7839. To complete the online training, log onto www.wildliferesearch.com and select the Training tab on the left. Read the training instructions, and then select the Start Training Button for Oiled Sea Otter Rehabilitation at the bottom. Please review the material in Chapters 1,3,4,6,7,8,9 and 14, and then click the Volunteer Certification quiz button. If you pass the quiz with a 70% (you will be able to take it as many times as you wish), you can request to be registered as a Responder. Your test score and personal information will be sent to me. If you have already registered to attend the course in Anchorage, there is some redundancy in the information we are requesting. If you know the material in the required chapters, you can go directly to the quiz. GRANTS & AWARDS February 1 Deadline for nominations for the GRINNELL COLLEGE YOUNG INNOVATOR FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIZE. Three $100,000 awards will be given (each $100,000 prize will be split in half, with an organization related to the winner or doing similar work getting half the prize). Nominees can be persons anywhere in the world under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Note that no previous connection to the college is required. For more information, go to http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/chaplain/socialjusticeprizeWinners. February 1 Deadline for submissions for the LIVING CITY DESIGN COMPETITION. Winners will be announced at Living Future 2011. For more information, go to http://ilbi.org/resources/competitions/livingcity/. February 22 Deadline for applications for the ALASKA CLEAN WATER ACTIONS (ACWA) FISCAL YEAR 2012 GRANT SOLICITATION. Two types of projects will be considered for funding through this solicitation for projects occurring during the 2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012): 1) Projects that address identified water resource protection or restoration activities on ACWA high priority waters. The ACWA High Priority Waters List is available as Appendix D in the application. The solicitation will only accept project applications for waters found on the ACWA priority waters list and the actions identified for those waters and 2) Projects that address identified statewide or area-wide stewardship activities as described in Appendix C of the application. Local government proposals to develop and adopt land use ordinances to prevent nonpoint source pollution are particularly encouraged this year. See the application for full details at www.state.ak.us/dec/water/acwa/acwa_index.htm. For more information, contact Joel Nudelman at 465-5406 or email email@example.com. **March 1 Deadline for 2011 RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS for two research fellowships that are available to individuals wishing to conduct research in DENALI NATIONAL PARK and PRESERVE and other national parks in Alaska. The Discover Denali Research Fellowship is for research in or near Denali, and the Murie Science and Learning Center Fellowship is for research taking place in Denali or other arctic or subarctic Alaska national parks. Both fellowships are designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students, but may be appropriate for college and university faculty, state and federal agency scientists, and private-sector researchers. Proposals for research that will help managers make decisions about critical resource issues are particularly encouraged. If an applicant wants to be considered for both funding sources, only one application is needed. More than one fellow is expected to be selected for each program. Applications for 2011 fellowships will be considered for funding requests up to $7500-$8000, to be used over one or two years. Any previous fellow may reapply, but is not assured of additional funding. An information guide about the fellowships, which includes specifics on how to apply and other information helpful to the application process, is available at www.nps.gov/dena/naturescience/discodena.htm. For more information contact Denali Research Administrator Lucy Tyrrell at (907) 683-6352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. March 10 Deadline for proposals for ESTUARY HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECTS to the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council (Council), NOAA Fisheries Service. The Council anticipates up to $7 million may be available for estuarine habitat restoration; awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $1 million. The principal objective of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Program Project Solicitation is to provide federal financial and technical assistance to estuarine habitat restoration projects that restore estuarine habitats in a manner to adapt to the stressors associated with climate change, and achieve cost-effective restoration of ecosystems while promoting increased partnerships among agencies and between public and private sectors. Projects funded under this program will contribute to the Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy goal of restoring 1,000,000 acres of estuary habitat. For more information, contact Erika Ammann at (907)271-5118, fax (907)271 3030 or email email@example.com or go to http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration/. March 15 Deadline for applications for the 2011 RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS for two research fellowships that are available to individuals wishing to CONDUCT RESEARCH in DENALI NATIONAL PARK and PRESERVE and OTHER ARCTIC and SUBARCTIC ALASKA NATIONAL PARKS. Discover Denali Research Fellowship is for research in or near Denali, For the first time, applications for 2011 fellowships will be considered for funding requests up to $7500-$8000, to be used over one or two years. The Discover Denali and the MSLC Fellowship Programs are designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students, but may be appropriate for college and university faculty, state and federal agency scientists, and private-sector researchers. Proposals for research that will help managers make decisions about critical resource issues are particularly encouraged. If an applicant wants to be considered for both funding sources, only one application is needed. More than one fellow is expected to be selected for each program. Decision is expected to be made by March 15, or soon thereafter. The fieldwork of fellowship recipients must be arranged before September 1. An information guide about either of the fellowships, which includes specifics on how to apply and other information helpful to the application process, may be downloaded from www.nps.gov/dena/naturescience/discodena.htm. For more information contact Denali’s Research Administrator Lucy Tyrrell at (907) 683-6352 or firstname.lastname@example.org. March 25 Deadline for submission of works for ALASKAN ARTISTS from students/juveniles (17 & Under) and adults (18 & Up) to submit works to the ALASKA HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL JURIED ART SHOW to be held in Ketchikan in April. The Art Show is an educational program to promote awareness of the spring migratory birds of Southeast Alaska through creative arts. Submit art work to Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, 131 Front Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901, C/O Alaska Hummingbird Festival. For more information, contact Leslie Swada , Acting Public Affairs Specialist, at 907.228.6274, cell 907.617.7746, Fax: 907.228.6215 or email email@example.com. DEADLINES January 28 Deadline for comments on proposal to reissue an AK POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (APDES) permit to the CITY of SEWARD LOWELL POINT WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY that provides secondary and equivalent to secondary treatment of domestic wastewater for residential and support commercial sources. There are no contributions from significant industrial sources. The facility has a flow rate of .88 million gals per day and discharges into Resurrection Bay from an outfall approximately 270 feet from shore at a depth of about 120 feet below Mean Lower Low water. The mixing zone is defined as an area of a rectangle which is 800 meters long my 100 meters wide for the dilution of fecal coliform bacteria and total ammonia. The draft permit and supporting documents are available at http://www.dec.state.ak.us/water/wwdp/index.htm, For more information, to request a public hearing, or to submit comments, contact Sally Wanstall907-465-5216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. January 28 Deadline for RESEARCH PRE-PROPOSALS FOR THE ALASKA SEA GRANT PROJECTS FOR 2012–2014. They are looking for creative, innovative research proposals in the natural and social sciences that focus on the environmental and economic viability of Alaska's coastal communities. Proposals should address one of the following two themes: * Impacts on and strategies for coastal ecosystems and/or coastal communities adapting to change or * Improvements to the economic and sociocultural sustainability of Alaska coastal communities. Approximately $500,000 per year will be available for this solicitation, funding 5–7 projects. Based on review of the pre-proposals, about 15 invitations to submit full proposals will be issued by February 28, 2011, with funding announced September 19, 2011. For more information go to http://seagrant.uaf.edu/research/rfp/2012/prelim-proposal.php or contact David Christie at email@example.com or 907-474-7949. January 31 Deadline for applications for the new FORAKER PROGRAM: CATALYST FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE - Updated Material - In selecting participants, emphasis will be placed on those who are in leadership positions in their organizations. Every attempt will be made to select a cohort that represents the diversity of the state and the sector. Foraker is specifically looking for nonprofit leaders who possess these characteristics: - Provides significant nonprofit leadership, - Makes a difference in the sector by making things happen, - Demonstrates commitment to the nonprofit sector, and - Is willing to make the financial and time commitments to complete the whole program. In the Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence, participants will: - Take greater ownership of their lives, organization and results, - Decide what results they really want for themselves and their organization, - Learn what drives them and what gets in their way - Understand how others perceive them, - Strengthen their relationships - both personal and professional, - Build their support network to help them achieve the results they want, - Put commitments and action steps in place to elevate themselves and their organization to a new level of effectiveness, and - Learn how to bring more passion and enjoyment into their daily lives. For more information, go to https://www.forakergroup.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=calendar.catalog_category&typeid=17. If you have any questions about the program, contact Laurie Wolf at 907-743-1206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. January 30 MAT-SU BOROUGH - Comments are due on the draft CASWELL LAKE MANAGEMENT PLAN. The draft plan is available at http://ww1.matsugov.us/planning/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=2&I temid=20241. For more information or to submit comments, contact email@example.com. January 31 Deadline for comments on proposal for approaches to recover more of the COST of the MOUNTAINEERING PROGRAM IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK and PRESERVE. Currently each climber of Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker pays a cost recovery mountaineering use fee of $200. Income from this special use fee funds some of the cost of the mountaineering program, including preventative search and rescue (PSAR) education, training for rescue personnel, positioning of patrol/rescue personnel (including volunteers) at critical high altitude locations on the mountain, the CMC (human waste) program, and administrative support. Since the cost recovery fee was implemented in 1995, the number of fatalities and major injuries has decreased significantly. This is directly attributable to the increased educational and PSAR efforts made possible through the cost recovery program. When the special use fee was initially established it covered approximately 30% of the cost of this specialized program. Even though the fee was increased from $150 to $200 in 2005, current fee revenue only covers 17% of the cost. McKinley/Foraker climbers make up less than ½ of 1 percent of the park’s visitors, and in 2011 Denali will expend approximately $1,200 in direct support of each permitted climber. The average cost for all other visitors is expected to be about $37. In recent years, the park has diverted funds from other critical park programs in order to fully fund the mountaineering program. This has negatively impacted funding available for interpretation, wildlife protection, resource management, and maintenance. The NPS is seeking input and ideas regarding two key questions: 1) Is the current mountaineering program the most cost effective, efficient and safe program we can devise? 2) How much of the cost should be recovered from users, and what options are there for how those costs can be distributed? For additional information on the mountaineering program or the cost recovery special use fee go to www.nps.gov/dena. Submit comments to DENA_mountainfeecomments@nps.gov or fax to (907) 683-9612. January 31 WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE - Comments are due on the proposal to revise the 2001 INTERIM OPERATIONS PLAN for the KENNECOTT NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK (NHL) at establishes management strategies for the National Park Service (NPS) at the Kennecott National Historic Landmark in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. A plan became necessary when the NPS acquired the privately owned site consisting of 2,839 acres, including much of the historic mill town, the subsurface rights to the mine, and the surrounding natural area in June 1998. The Kennecott site, mined for its copper in the early 1900s, is in the center of the park, approximately 5 miles from where the McCarthy Road ends at the Kennicott River.. The 2001 Interim Operations Plan was intended to provide guidance for management of the NHL for a five-year period. The Interim Operations Plan needs to be revised for the following reasons: There are major projects on the horizon, including stabilization of the 14-story concentration mill, stabilization of the leaching plant, and construction/installation of a potable water/fire suppression system. Much has been accomplished at the NHL since 2001. A revision is a good opportunity to document the stabilization, preservation, and adaptive re-use of historic structures that has occurred. There has been discussion and concern within the Kennecott/McCarthy community regarding work that has been accomplished relative to the community vision that was presented in the Interim Operations Plan. The Interim Operation Plan call for development of a communication process and procedure for joint NPS/community review of proposed projects. This needs to be described and implemented. New issues have developed in light of changes in access to the NHL have occurred since the Interim Operations Plan. There is a growing component of Off Road Vehicle use and easier access to the site with privately owned full-size vehicles. The revision of the Interim Operations Plan will be accompanied by an Environmental Assessment (EA) that will consider the environmental effects of a range of alternative actions proposed within the revision. The Interim Operations Plan is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/wrst under “Kennecott Rehabilitation, Maintenance, and Operations Plan and EA”. Highlighted text indicates how NPS intends to revise sections of the plan, as well as an indication of new issues that will be covered. For more information, contact Bruce Rogers at 907-822-7276 or email Bruce_Rogers@nps.gov. Submit comments to http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Public comments are requested on the proposed revision through January 31, 2010. To comment, go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=21&projectID=34130&documentID=37914 January 31 PAXTON - Comments due on the Multi-Agency (State and Federal) application for the TANGLE LAKES MAN PROJECT HARDROCK EXPLORATION MINING in the Delta River, Valdez Creek, & Chistochina Mining Districts near the town of Paxson. DNR authorizations include Alaska Coastal Zone Consistency, Water Use Permits, Miscellaneous Land Use Permits, Approved Plan of Operations, and Reclamation Plan of Approval for a Mining Operation and proposes to issue a MISCELLANEOUS LAND USE PERMIT for mining and/or exploration activity on state mining claims as well as reclamation approval on state or private lands. Winter cross country travel on state lands not within state mining claims may also be authorized. A Water Right or a Temporary Water Use Permit may be issued and state land use beyond the mining claims will be adjudicated by DNR. Applications for mining-related activity within the Coastal Zone require a Consistency determination by the Division of Coastal and Ocean Management (DCOM) for those projects that have not previously been found consistent with the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP). Additional information may be found at the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP) website at http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/acmp/. A copy of the application may be obtained from DNR. For applications within the Northern Region contact Jack Kerin at (907) 451-2736, fax 907-451-2703, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com. The web posting of this notice exceeds the requirements of AS 38.05.945 since the proposed activity does not include the disposal of a state interest and the authorization is a revocable permit. Your COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ACTIVITY WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A COURTESY NOTICE. Other State Agencies which use this application include the Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Revenue (DOR). Federal Agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), and U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) also reviews this application. These agencies adjudicate this application for the permits they require for mining related activities. Their adjudication may include additional separate notice and there is the opportunity to comment on the same activity to each of the agencies. Mining Fact Sheets about the Agencies which receive the application can be found at http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/factsht/mine_fs/apmathru.pdf and http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/factsht/mine_fs/fed_permits.pdf. A more detailed discussion of the agencies that use this application is given in the application itself http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/forms/08apma/placer.pdf. January 31 BIG DELTA - Comments due on the Multi-Agency (State and Federal) application for the LMS HARDROCK EXPLORATION PROJECT in the Goodpaster, Fairbanks, & Delta River Mining Districts near the town of Big Delta. DNR authorizations include Alaska Coastal Zone Consistency, Water Use Permits, Miscellaneous Land Use Permits, Approved Plan of Operations, and Reclamation Plan of Approval for a Mining Operation and proposes to issue a MISCELLANEOUS LAND USE PERMIT for mining and/or exploration activity on state mining claims as well as reclamation approval on state or private lands. Winter cross country travel on state lands not within state mining claims may also be authorized. A Water Right or a Temporary Water Use Permit may be issued and state land use beyond the mining claims will be adjudicated by DNR. Applications for mining-related activity within the Coastal Zone require a Consistency determination by the Division of Coastal and Ocean Management (DCOM) for those projects that have not previously been found consistent with the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP). Additional information may be found at the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP) website at http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/acmp/ A copy of the application may be obtained from DNR. For applications within the Northern Region contact Jack Kerin at (907) 451-2736, fax 907- 451-2703, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For applications within the Southcentral or Southeast Regions contact Linda Books at phone (907) 269-8647, fax at 907-269-8949, or email email@example.com. The web posting of this notice exceeds the requirements of AS 38.05.945 since the proposed activity does not include the disposal of a state interest and the authorization is a revocable permit. Your COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ACTIVITY WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A COURTESY NOTICE. Other State Agencies which use this application include the Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Revenue (DOR). Federal Agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), and U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) also reviews this application. These agencies adjudicate this application for the permits they require for mining related activities. Their adjudication may include additional separate notice and there is the opportunity to comment on the same activity to each of the agencies. Mining Fact Sheets about the Agencies which receive the application can be found at http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/factsht/mine_fs/apmathru.pdf and http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/factsht/mine_fs/fed_permits.pdf. A more detailed discussion of the agencies that use this application is given in the application itself http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/mlw/forms/08apma/placer.pdf. January 31 WRANGELL ISLAND - Deadline for comments on the scoping stages of planning for a project that combines TIMBER SALES, ROAD CONSTRUCTION, RESTORATION, AND HABITAT ENHANCEMENT work on Wrangell Island. This project is being proposed under the USDA’s Strategic Five Year Plan to address rural prosperity and to provide an economically viable long term supply of timber that will help provide jobs to the communities in Southeast Alaska. The project will also identify forest restoration and enhancement activities on Wrangell Island to be done through stewardship or other contracting methods. For more information, go to www.wrangellislandprojecteis.com. Submit comments to www.wrangellislandprojecteis.com/comment or fax 907-279-7944. January 31 Deadline for comments on the DRAFT ASSESSMENT of UNIMAK ISLAND WOLF and CARIBOU ISSUES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA) of management alternatives for the Unimak Island caribou herd (UCH) in response to the declining Unimak Island caribou herd (UCH). The UCH size has fluctuated considerably over the last century, from a high of 7,000 in 1925 to near-zero in the 1950s. From 2002 through 2009, the UCH declined from a population of approximately 1,261 to the present low of 400. In 2009, all hunting for caribou on Unimak Island, including subsistence hunting, was suspended. In March 2010 the Alaska Board of Game established the “Unimak Wolf Management Area.” This action established population objectives for caribou and wolf on Unimak Island and authorized the ADF&G to conduct wolf control operations to achieve those objectives. Because most lands on Unimak Island are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Service must approve any such actions on those federal lands. The alternatives described in detail in this EA and analyzed for their impacts to the environment include a No Action alternative (Alternative A) without predator control; the ADF&G’s proposal to use airplanes and helicopters to selectively shoot wolves preying on caribou calves (Alternative B); Alternative C, which shifts the shooting of wolves from helicopter to fixed-wing aircraft; and Alternative D, which eliminates aerial gunning completely, though aircraft would be used to support ground-based control actions. While these alternatives are presented, the Service has not selected a preferred alternative, pending completion of public comment on the EA. The EA is available at http://alaska.fws.gov/nwr/planning/nepa.htm. Comments submitted should be specific, addressing the merits of the alternatives and the adequacy of the environmental analysis. For more information, contact John Martin at 907-786-3670. Submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax 1-800-507- 8557. **February 2 (DEADLINE EXTENDED) Deadline for comments and requests for public hearing on PETITION REQUESTING DESIGNATION of LANDS UNSUITABLE for SURFACE COAL MINING in the CHUIT RIVER WATERSHED. The petition requests that anadromous water bodies and their associated riparian areas within the Chuit River Watershed be designated unsuitable for surface coal mining. Copies of the petition are available at http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/coal/index.htm. For more information or to submit comments, contact Russell Kirkham at email@example.com. February 2 Comments are due on proposal to issue a LAND USE PERMIT TO TAILGATE ALASKA that would authorize the Tailgate Alaska EVENT SITE (roughly 10 acres in size) to include (2) 20’ Recco Star tent, (1) 24’ Red Bull Star Tent, (2) 20’ Normad Shelter Yurt, (2) 20’ Connex Containers, (1) 20’ wall tent, (1) 30’x40’ tent, (1) 24’ Geodesic Dome, vehicle parking area, helipad, aircraft runway, and fuel storage (one 55 gallon drum of diesel and one 55 gallon drum of unleaded gasoline). Additionally this permit will authorize cross country travel of a Pisten Bully PB 200. If issued, the permit will be valid from March 1, 2011 through April 30, 2016, used seasonally from March 1 through April 30 of each year. Any questions concerning this proposal or requests to view the full application packet should be directed to Candice Snow at (907) 269-8569, Fax (907) 269-8913 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. February 3 Comments are due on proposal to issue a LAND USE PERMIT TO THE WORLD FREERIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS. This permit would authorize the World Freeriding Championships event site (roughly 6,600 acres in size) to host the World Extreme Skiing Championships (WESC) and King of the Hill events. These sites will be accessed by snowmachine. If issued, the permit will be valid from March 1, 2011 through April 30, 2016, used seasonally from March 1 through April 30 of each year. For more information of to request to view the full application packet, contact Candice Snow at (907) 269-8569, Fax (907) 269-8913 or email email@example.com. February 4 Comments are due on the Environmental Impact for the MODERNIZATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF RANGES, AIRSPACE, AND TRAINING AREAS for the JOINT PACIFIC ALASKA RANGE COMPLEX (JPARC) in Alaska. Currently the JPARC consists of all land, air, and sea training areas used by the Air Force, Army, and Navy in Alaska to support joint exercises and mission rehearsals. The proposed enhancements would: 1) enable realistic joint training and testing to support emerging technologies, 2) respond to recent battlefield experiences, and 3) enable the Services to train with tactics and new weapons systems. The Services will analyze potential environmental consequences associated with expanding and/or establishing new Military Operations Areas, restricted air space, airspace corridors, ground maneuver training areas, and training complexes. For more information or to submit written comments, go to www.jparcels.com or contact 907-552-2341 or Fax 907-552-5411. February 4 FAIRBANKS, McCARTHY, WILLOW & SOUTHEAST ALASKA - Deadline for comments on PROPOSAL TO REOPEN STATE LAND TO MINERAL ENTRY consisting of 139,374 acres near Fairbanks, 8,980 acres in McCarthy and near Willow, and 13,380 acres at various locations in Southeast Alaska, together totaling 161,634 acres. Mineral entry was closed under legislation that intended to convey state land to the University of Alaska. That legislation has been invalidated, in part, by the AK Supreme Court. The Mineral Order, including maps, is available at http://www.dnr.Alaska.gov/mlw/plannng/index.htm.For more information or to submit comments, contact Bruce Phelps at 907-269-8592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. **February 6 VALDEZ - Comments are due on proposal to issue a land use permit to the City of Valdez that would AUTHORIZE WINTER CROSS-COUNTRY TRAVEL OF A THIOKOL SPRYTE SNOWCAT to support a COMMERCIAL BACKCOUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING OPERATION by Black Ops. If issued, the permit will be valid from February 15, 2011 through February 14, 2016.For more information or to submit comments, contact Candice Snow, Telephone at (907) 269-8569; Fax (907) 269-8913 or e-mail email@example.com. **February 7 KENAI - Deadline for comments on the proposal to RENEW AIR QUALITY CONTROL OPERATING PERMIT to the NIKISKI TERMINAL located at Mile 22.5, Kenai Spur Highway and operated by Tesoro Alaska Co. This stationary source is a bulk gasoline terminal that consists of a tank truck loading rack, six storage tanks providing a total storage capacity of 213,000 barrels, one 1,000 barrel oily water tank, and an underground pipeline system. The loading rack is equipped with a vapor recovery system. The potential annual emissions of regulated air pollutants at the terminal will not exceed: 64.3 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds. The total emissions of regulated air pollutants are 64.3 tons per year. Note: These potential emission estimates do not include the emissions from the Tesoro Kenai Refinery and Tesoro Kenai Pipeline. The Department has determined that the Nikiski Terminal, the Tesoro Kenai Refinery, and Tesoro Kenai Pipeline are one major stationary source as defined in 40 C.F.R. 71.2. Copies of ADEC’s draft Operating Permit and Statement of Basis are available at http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/ap/calendar.htm. For more information or to submit comments, contact Wally Evans at 907-269-7577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. **February 7 Comments are due on the proposal to ISSUE AIR QUALITY CONTROL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT to BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. for a REVISION TO THE ENDICOTT PRODUCTION FACILITY, LIBERTY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT. This is a revision of a term or condition of a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit and requires a permit under 18 AAC 50.508(6) for revising or rescinding the terms and conditions of a Title I permit issued under chapter 50. The revision is to the CO catalyst temperature upper bound. This change has no affect on the permit emission levels either on a short term or long term basis. Copies of ADEC’s proposed permit and supporting documents are available at http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/ap/calendar.htm. For more information or to submit comments, contact Sean Lowther at 907-269-7577, Fax 907-269-7508 or email email@example.com. **February 9 Comments are due on a request by WalMart Stores, Inc. to PERMANENTLY REROUTE / RESTORE a SEGMENT of LITTLE CAMPBELL CREEK near the INTERSECTION of VANDER COURT and LORE ROAD. The proposed anadromous stream restoration aims to increase fish habitat, and would offset wetland development debits on a separate property. A complete copy of the project packet is available for review and copying go to ftp://ftp.dnr.state.ak.us/dcom/LittleCampbellCreekRestoration/. This project is being reviewed for consistency with the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP). Your comments on the proposed project’s consistency must be submitted in writing to the Division of Coastal and Ocean Management (DCOM). Comments about inconsistency must identify the relevant enforceable policy and explain how the project is not consistent with that policy. For more information or to submit comments, contact Peter Boyer, Project Review Coordinator, at 907-334-2542 Fax 907-269- 3981 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. **February 9 Deadline for comments on the DRAFT RECOVERY PLAN for the SOUTHWEST ALASKA DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENT (DPS) of NORTHERN SEA OTTERS. The goal of the recovery program is to control or reduce threats to the southwest Alaska DPS of the northern sea otter to the extent that this DPS no longer requires the protections afforded by the ESA and therefore can be delisted. To achieve this goal, the recovery plan identifies three objectives: 1) achieve and maintain a self- sustaining population of sea otters in each of the five management units; 2) maintain enough sea otters to ensure that they are playing a functional role in their near-shore ecosystem; and 3) mitigate threats sufficiently to ensure persistence of sea otters. Each of these objectives includes explicit criteria to determine if the objective has been met; these are known as “delisting criteria.” They stipulate that in order for the DPS to be removed from the Endangered and Threatened Species List, at least three of the five management units must have met the delisting criteria. The plan also contains criteria to determine if the DPS should be considered for reclassification as endangered; these are known as “uplisting criteria.” Delisting should not be considered if any management unit meets the criteria specified for uplisting to endangered status. As demographic characteristics of the population constitute one of the three types of delisting criteria, population monitoring and population modeling are high priorities. For more information about the listed DPS of northern sea otters, go to http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/seaotters/recovery.htmldrslthttp://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/seaotters/ recovery.htm. For more information or to submit comments, fax 907-786-3816 or email email@example.com. EVENTS & MEETINGS \ANCHORAGE - EAGLE RIVER & GIRDWOOD **January 30 RELIGION & EARTH CARE: Free Public Lecture followed by Q & A, from 3 to -5 pm in APU’s Grant Hall Theater. What do religions have to say about our relationship with the environment? Do Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims agree on our approach to using earth’s resources? Representatives from each of these faith organizations will be reading and describing sacred texts. What do religions have to say about our relationship with the environment? Do Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims agree on our approach to using earth’s resources? Representatives from each of these faith organizations will be reading and describing sacred texts. For more information, contact Roseann Leiner at (907) 564-8327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. **February 1 The ANCHORAGE FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE GAME SUBCOMMITTEE will meet at 6:30pm at the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range to review BOG proposals concerning Central and South Central Regions. To see the proposals under consideration by the board’s, go to http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/ Members of the public are urged to attend. For more information contact Bruce Morgan at 346-4855 or Sherry Wright at 907-267-2354 or Sherry.Wright@alaska.gov. **February 3 FRIENDS OF THE ANCHORAGE COASTAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (FAR) ANNUAL MEETING will be held from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the BP Energy Center. JESSY COLTRANE, Acting Area Biologist for the Alaska Dept of Fish & Game (ADF&G), will speak ON WINTER NUTRITIONAL PHYSIOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICAN PORCUPINES, after BARBARA CARLSON gives the annual report. Hear about volunteer experiences with the Snow Goose/Sandhill Crane Survey and the Anchorage Coastal Beluga Survey. JOE MEEHAN, Lands & Refuges Program Coordinator with ADF&G, will address the State of Alaska Refuges. Join FAR; sign up for one of our wildlife surveys; or just learn more about what we do and enjoy the evening. Snacks and drawings. We hope you will join us! email@example.com or call 248-2503. **February 3 ANCHORAGE FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 6:30 pm at the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range to discuss the Nelchina Caribou herd. They are expecting an ADF&G staff member to attend. Members of the public are urged to attend. For more information contact Bruce Morgan at 346-4855. To see the proposals under consideration by the board’s, go to http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/. For more information, contact Sherry Wright at 907-267-2354 or email Sherry.Wright@alaska.gov. February 4 MARYBETH HOLLEMAN will hold a First Friday book signing of her new book, THE HEART OF THE SOUND: AN ALASKAN PARADISE FOUND and NEARLY LOST from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D Street. Her book, just been released in paperback, is part literary journalism and part memoir and centers on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath, exploring the community and individual effects of the spill. **February 6 KODIAK’S ANCIENT ROCK GARDEN: THE KODIAK LATE GLACIAL REFUGIUM will be presented at 2pm at the Cooperative Extension,1675 E St. by Kodiak botanist, author and photographer, STACY STUDEBAKER. For more information, contact Floene Carney at 376-5390 or Verna Pratt at 333-8212 **February 7 DETERMINING the FLORAL DIVERSITY of the KODIAK ARCHIPELAGO will be presented by Stacy Studebaker, Kodiak botanist, author and photographer, at 7:30pm at the Campbell Creek Science Center. For more information, contact Verna Pratt at 333-8212. **February 7 Public hearing will be held at the Planning & Zoning Commission in the Assembly Chamber, Loussac Library on the site plan review of a PARK MASTER PLAN (LYN ARY PARK). LYN ARY PARK SITE. **February 7 Cascadia Green Building Council presents CLARK BROCKMAN, Associate Principal, Director of Sustainability Resources, SERA Architects, on CLIMATE RESPONSIVE DESIGN in the Social Science Building Rm 118, UAA, Doors open at 5:30 and lecture begins at 6pm. Cost: Cascadia Members and students; Free (RSVP MANDATORY); General Audience; $10. For more Information & registration, go to: http://cascadiagbc.org/events/2011/feb/transformational-lecture-series-anchorage- featuring-clark-brockman **February 7 Public hearing at the Planning & Zoning Commission in the Assembly Chamber, Loussac Library on the a PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (PUD) for 239 units. KINCAID ESTATES SUBDIVISION, Tract 1. Generally located south of Kincaid Road, west of Sand Lake Road and north of West Dimond Blvd. **February 7 Author and activist STACY MALKEN presents NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: THE UGLY SIDE OF THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum. Did you know there is lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market. Today, only 11% of chemicals used in cosmetics in the US have been assessed for health and safety leaving a staggering 89% with unknown or undisclosed effects. Join Stacy for thought provoking discussion about the products you use and how to protect yourself from using harmful products. There will be a book signing and reception at 6:30pm.FREE parking in museum garage. **February 7 Planning & Zoning Hearing will be held on a MAJOR AMENDMENT TO A NATURAL RESOURCE EXTRACTION to EXTEND HOURS OF OPERATION. Eklutna Site generally located east of the Alaska Railroad and west of the Glenn Highway, near the Thunderbird Falls exit. **February 9 WILDLIFE BY NUMBERS: COUNTING WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE - EARL BECKER, a biometrician and research coordinator with the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game, describes how biologists overcome the vastness of Alaska and difficult-to-count wildlife to come up with population estimates upon which wildlife management is based from 7 to 8pm at the Alaska Zoo's Gateway Education Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. For more information, call 907-346-2133 or go to www.alaskazoo.org. Expresso and snack bar refreshments available at 6pm, donations requested. **February 10 Public hearing will be held from 1:30 to 3:30pm at Sheraton Hotel on the proposal to reissue an ALASKA CONSTRUCTION GENERAL PERMIT (ACGP) for discharges from LARGE AND SMALL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES under the AK POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (APDES). The permit authorizes and sets conditions on the discharge of pollutants from construction projects to waters in Alaska. In order to ensure protection of water quality and human health, the permit describes control measures that must be used to control the types and amounts of pollutants that can be discharged from construction activities. Explanation of the permit is available at http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wnpspc/stormwater/index.htm For more information or to submit comments, contact William Ashton at 907-269-6283, Fax 907-269-3487 or email william.Ashton@alaska.gov. **February 10 ASTRONOMY IN ANTARCTICA is the program at the Campbell Creek Science Center at 7pm. Most telescopes are built in places that are high up, and away from city lights. But some particular telescopes require an even more extreme location, a place that is ultra-dry, icy, and dark for half of the year: Antarctica. Dr. KATHERINE RAWLINS, a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Dept. UAA, will talk about her travels to the South Pole Station and the astronomy being done there. Star gazing will follow if the skies are clear. Please call 267-1241 for more information. **February 11 (TELECONFERENCE) EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL TRUSTEE COUNCIL will hold a teleconference meeting at 10am in the Restoration Office, 441 W. 5th Ave, Suite 500. Trustee Council meetings are open to the public. You may participate in person or by teleconference at 1-800-315-6338 with conference code 8205#. Meeting materials will be posted approximately one week before the meeting at . http://www.evostc.state.ak.us/. **February 12 WINTER TRAILS DAY 2011 will be held from 10am to 4pm (last gear checkout at 3:30). Join the staff of the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center and REI for a great day outdoors. You can try out skate and classical cross-country skis, snowshoes, GPS units (for geocaching), avalanche transceivers, and winter bikes. You can learn to wax skis, build a snowshelter, and light a fire without matches. There'll be information on biking, camping, outdoor winter safety, and more! Dress warmly and come for an hour or bring lunch and stay for the day. The Science Center will provide hot beverages and refreshments throughout the day. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact 907-267-1269, Fax 907-267-1258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. MEETINGS & EVENTS OUT OF ANCHORAGE January 28 HOMER -- NANCY LORD and MARYBETH HOLLEMAN will read and have a conversation on their new books, moderated by Mike Hawfield at 7pm at Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College January 28 FAIRBANKS - Open House meeting will be held from 5 to 7:30pm in the Classroom of the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center to discuss the DENALI/FORAKER MOUNTAINEERING FEE and APPROACHES to RECOVER MORE OF THE COST OF THE MOUNTAINEERING PROGRAM. Currently each climber of Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker pays a cost recovery mountaineering use fee of $200. Income from this special use fee funds some of the cost of the mountaineering program, including preventative search and rescue (PSAR) education, training for rescue personnel, positioning of patrol/rescue personnel (including volunteers) at critical high altitude locations on the mountain, the CMC (human waste) program, and administrative support. Since the cost recovery fee was implemented in 1995, the number of fatalities and major injuries has decreased significantly. This is directly attributable to the increased educational and PSAR efforts made possible through the cost recovery program. When the special use fee was initially established it covered approximately 30% of the cost of this specialized program. Even though the fee was increased from $150 to $200 in 2005, current fee revenue only covers 17% of the cost. McKinley/Foraker climbers make up less than ½ of 1 percent of the park’s visitors, and in 2011 Denali will expend approximately $1,200 in direct support of each permitted climber. The average cost for all other visitors is expected to be about $37. In recent years, the park has diverted funds from other critical park programs in order to fully fund the mountaineering program. This has negatively impacted funding available for interpretation, wildlife protection, resource management, and maintenance. The NPS is seeking input and ideas regarding two key questions: 1) Is the current mountaine program the most cost effective, efficient and safe program we can devise? 2) How much of the cost should be recovered from users, and what options are there for how those costs can be distributed? For additional information, on the mountaineering program or the cost recovery special use fee, to www.nps.gov/dena. Submit comments to DENA_mountainfeecomments@nps.gov or fax to (907) 683-9612. **January 29 KETCHIKAN - SHAUNA HEE will talk about PLANTS: RARE, UNCOMMON OR INVASIVE? at 7pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. **January 31 CANTWELL - The DENALI FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold an election meeting at 7pm at the Cantwell school. They will also be preparing comments for BOG proposals. For more information contact Lance Williams at 978-0300. January 31 CENTRAL - The CENTRAL FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold a public meeting at the Central Bar & Grill at 2:00pm. Agenda items will be announced. This AC meeting will also hold an election for 3 regular seats and 1 alternate. If you are from the area and would like to serve on this committee, or know someone who would, please come to the meeting. Names will be collected at the meeting. All persons of legal voting age are eligible to vote and be elected. For further information contact Nissa Pilcher at 907.459.7263, Fax 907.459.7258 or email email@example.com. **January 31, February 1, 2 & 3 Western Alaska Access Planning Study public meetings will be held at the following locations. **January 31 - FAIRBANKS at 6pm at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center **February 1 - ALLAKAKET at Noon in the Allakaket Tribal Hall **February 1 - BETTLES at 5:30pm at the Bettles Fire Hall **February 2 - RUBY at Noon in the Ruby Community Hall **February 3 - HUSLIA at 5pm in the Huslia Community Hall **February 3 - MINTO at 1:30 in the Minto Lodge Meetings provide an opportunity to give comments and hear updates on the Western Alaska Access Planning Study (WAAPS) that identified resources and communities in Western Alaska that would benefit from a road corridor. The study evaluated the locations and benefits of various corridor alignments to Western Alaska. The study’s recommendations focus on the Yukon River Corridor, beginning near Manley Hot Springs on the Elliott Highway and ending at the Nome-Council Highway. About 500 miles long, the route runs almost parallel to the Yukon River. More information on WAAPS is available at www.WesternAlaskaAccess.com. For more information, contact Meadow Bailey, Northern Region Public Information Officer at 907-451-2240 or firstname.lastname@example.org. . **February 1 FAIRBANKS - VLADIMIR ROMANOVSKY will discuss THAWING PERMAFROST: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE ARCTIC? at 7 in the Westmark Gol Room. Since permafrost with the highest ice content is usually found closer to the surface, where our structures are, Alaskans and other arctic communities face major changes in the future if the degradation continues. Ecosystems, buildings, roads and pipelines will likely lose their stability as the ground beneath them shifts. Romanovsky is a professor of geophysics at the UAF, Geophysical Institute. Science for Alaska is sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the UAF Geophysical Institute and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. The series runs on Tuesdays through Feb. 22, 2011 and is free to the public. Hands-on activities for all ages begin at 6 p.m. inside the Gold Room. Families are welcome. For more information, contact Vladimir Romanovsky at 907-474-7459, or email@example.com or Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7902 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. **February 1 HOMER - The HOMER FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 6pm at the NERRS building to continue discussion of UCI BOF proposals. For more information contact Marvin Peters at 235-2468. To see the proposals under consideration by the board’s, go to http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/. For more information, contact: Sherry Wright at 907-267-2354 or email Sherry.Wright@alaska.gov. February 2 HUSILA - The KOYUKUK RIVER FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold a public meeting at the Community Hall at 1pm. Agenda items will be announced. This AC meeting will also hold an election for 3 Huslia Seats, and 1 Undesignated. If you are from the area and would like to serve on this committee, or know someone who would, please come to the meeting. Names will be collected at the meeting. All persons of legal voting age are eligible to vote and be elected. For more information, contact Nissa Pilcher at 907.459.7263, Fax 907.459.7258 or email email@example.com. **February 3 JUNEAU -CONTAMINANTS IN ALASKA: EFFECTS ON HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT will be presents at 7pm.at Centennial Hall by FRANK VON HIPPEL, professor of biology at UAA. He will discuss how he uses freshwater fishes to study contaminants across Alaska, from the Aleutians to Cook Inlet to St. Lawrence Island and Norton Sound and will explore how contaminants get to Alaska, how they disrupt the environment and human health, and why some Alaska Natives suffer disproportionately from exposure to contaminants. For more information, contact: Stevie Seibert at firstname.lastname@example.org. **February 2 TYONEK - Public hearing will be held from Noon to 2pm in the Tyonek Community Center on the PETITION REQUESTING DESIGNATION of LANDS UNSUITABLE for SURFACE COAL MINING in the CHUIT RIVER WATERSHED. Please contact the village offices 907-583-2111 for information about accessing village property for the hearing **February 4 KETCHIKAN - BEN CASE will talk about RESTORATION & ENHANCEMENT: MANAGEMENT OF YOUNG GROWTH at 7pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. **February 5 WILLOW - WILLOW WINTER CARNIVAL will start at Noon at Parks Highway MP 69.9. Experience the fun of winter bike riding. Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers are teaming up with Arctic Cycles and the Willow Winter Carnival to bring some rental fat tire bikes out to the carnival for an afternoon of winter biking. Arctic Cycles will fit you to one of his lightweight rental bikes at a cost of $35 for the afternoon (most of the bikes include poagies to help keep your hands warm). Bikers with their own fat tire bikes are welcome to join the ride and discover the great trails available to ride around Willow. Those wanting to rent a bike must call Arctic Cycles prior to the February 4th to reserve a bike, contact Billy at email@example.com or (907) 351-8545 to reserve a bike. Meet Billy of Arctic Cycles at the Willow Community Center, located on the west side of the Parks Highway MP 69.8 at 11:00 am to pick up your reserved rental bike. The ride will be led by Travis and will start at 12 Noon. Plan on a 2.5 to 3 hour ride. Dress in layers. The ride may be cancelled if there is a large amount of snow before or during the scheduled ride, or if temperatures are way below zero. Everyone will be email everyone about any cancellations. For more information, contact Billy at 907-351-8545 for updates or Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org or Madeline at email@example.com about the winter carnival. Willow website is at www.waco-ak.org. **February 8 HOMER - The HOMER FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 6pm at the NERRS building to continue prepare comments on BOG proposals. To see the proposals under consideration by the board’s, http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/. For more information contact Tom Young at 235-4292. **February 8 FAIRBANKS -LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GULF OIL SPILL will be presented by Chancellor Fran Ulmer at 7pm in the Westmark Gold Room. As one of the seven Commissioners appointed by President Obama, UAA Chancellor Ulmer toured Louisiana and heard testimony from those involved in the oil spill. She and the other Commissioners visited response and control centers in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida; met with local government and business leaders; talked with spill clean- up workers and listened to those impacted by the spill and involved in the clean-up and response. The Commission was charged with examining the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and developing options to guard against, and mitigate the impact of, any oil spills associated with offshore drilling in the future. This includes recommending improvements to federal laws, regulations, and industry practices. In this lecture, Chancellor Ulmer will discuss the Commission findings. Call 907-474-7558 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. **February 8 FAIRBANKS - Public hearing will be held from 1:30 to 3:30pm in the FNSB Assembly Chambers on the proposal to reissue an ALASKA CONSTRUCTION GENERAL PERMIT (ACGP) for discharges from LARGE AND SMALL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES under the AK POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (APDES). The permit authorizes and sets conditions on the discharge of pollutants from construction projects to waters in Alaska. In order to ensure protection of water quality and human health, the permit describes control measures that must be used to control the types and amounts of pollutants that can be discharged from construction activities. Explanation of the permit is available at http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wnpspc/stormwater/index.htm For more information or to submit comments, contact William Ashton at 907-269-6283, Fax 907-269-3487 or email william.Ashton@alaska.gov. **February 8 FAIRBANKS - Public hearing will be held from 1:30 to 3:30pm at the FNSB Assembly Chamber on the proposed reissuance of an Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System - GENERAL PERMIT FOR DISCHARGES FROM LARGE and SMALL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES. The permit authorizes and sets conditions on the discharge of pollutants from construction projects to waters of the United States within the state of Alaska. In order to ensure protection of water quality and human health, the permit describes control measures that must be used to control the types and amounts of pollutants that can be discharged from construction activities. The documents are available at http://www.dec.state.ak.us/water/wwdp/index.htm. For more information or to submit comments, contact William Ashton at 907-269-6283, Fax 907-269-3487 or William.Ashton@alaska.gov. **February 9 Public hearing will be held from 1:30 to 3:30pm at Sheraton Hotel on the proposal to reissue an ALASKA CONSTRUCTION GENERAL PERMIT (ACGP) for discharges from LARGE AND SMALL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES under the AK POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (APDES). The permit authorizes and sets conditions on the discharge of pollutants from construction projects to waters in Alaska. In order to ensure protection of water quality and human health, the permit describes control measures that must be used to control the types and amounts of pollutants that can be discharged from construction activities. Explanation of the permit is available at http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wnpspc/stormwater/index.htm For more information or to submit comments, contact William Ashton at 907-269-6283, Fax 907-269-3487 or email william.Ashton@alaska.gov. **February 10 DILLINGHAM - Public Scoping meeting will be held from 7 to 9pm in the Bingo Hall to receive information on the PROPOSED DILLINGHAM AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT in preparation for an Environmental Assessment (EA). The purpose of the proposed project is to upgrade the existing Dillingham Airport to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) established Runway Safety Area (RSA) standards to the extent practicable. The proposed improvements would extend the runway length and width for aircraft landings and takeoffs and enhance the RSA. The project would also require realignment of Airport Road by extending the road around the north side of the General Aviation Apron and connecting with the existing Airport Road. The connection of Airport Road with Wood River Road would be closed. The proposed project is being evaluated for compliance with FAA Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures and NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions; the Clean Water Act; Clean Air Act; Coastal Zone Management Act; National Historic Preservation Act; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; The Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act and FAA’s Airport Noise Compatibility Planning guidelines; U.S. Department of Transportation Act section 4(f); Endangered Species Act; and Executive Orders: 11990 Protection of Wetlands, 11988 Floodplain Management, 12898 Environmental Justice, 11593 Historic Preservation, 13045 Protection of Children from Environmental Risk, and 13084 Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. Those wishing to submit comments may deliver them verbally or in writing at the Public Scoping Meeting or send them to Brian Elliott - DOT&PF Environmental Manager, PO Box 196900 • Anchorage, Alaska -6900 or email via the project website at www.dowlhkm.com/Projects/DillinghamAirport. For additional information contact Wolfgang Junge at (907) 269-0608 or email email@example.com or contact Brian Hanson, DOWL HKM Airport Engineer at (907) 562-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. **February 10 FAIRBANKS - Northern Voices Series is sponsored by Northern Alaska Environmental Center & Fairbanks North Star Borough Library will present RESPONSES TO AND INSPIRATION BY NATURE, FORMING CLAY CREATIONS at 7pm at the Noel Wien Library - Admission is Free! SUE DEAN and group of local and formerly local potters will present thoughts and pictures of their responses to, and inspiration by, nature in forming and decorating pots and other clay creations. Among those participating, but not necessarily present, will be Marty Baldridge, Rosemarie Davis, Sue Dean, Mary Gebhard, Nancy Hausle-Johnson, Emily Herb, Lesley Lent, Shirley Odsather, Frances Schulz, Judy Weeden and Carol Young. **February 10 KALTAG - The MIDDLE YUKON RIVER FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold a public meeting in the City Office at 1 pm. This AC meeting will also hold an election for 4 Kaltag seats. If you are from the area and would like to serve on this committee, or know someone who would, please come to the meeting. Names will be collected at the meeting. All persons of legal voting age are eligible to vote and be elected. For further information contact Nissa Pilcher at 907-459-7263, Fax 907-459-7258 or email email@example.com **February 10 CORDOVA - The COPPER RIVER/PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold elections at the PWS Aquaculture conference room at 7pm. Other agenda items: preliminary BOF proposal consideration and USFS guide regulations. For more information contact Tom Carpenter at 424-3101. To see the proposals under consideration by the board’s, go to http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/. For more information, contact: Sherry Wright at 907-267-2354 or email Sherry.Wright@alaska.gov. **February 12 FAIRBANKS - FIREWOOD CUTTING WORKSHOP AND CHILI FEED will be held from 10am to Noon at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. Chili and Corn Bread served during the workshop! $5 per person on site. Monies collected will go toward purchasing Arbor Day plantings for local Habitat for Humanity homes, sending SAF student members to State and National Conferences and other charitable events. For more information, contact Tom St. Clair at (907) 385-7300. ITEMS OF INTEREST RECYCLE IPHONES at GREEN iPHONE. To see the buyback prices for different models of iPhones go to http://www.greeniphone.com/. For more information, contact Brennan Zelener at (970) 430-6859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. COMPENDIUMS FOR ALASKA'S NATIONAL PARKS are available for comments at www.nps.gov/akso/compendium.html. The Compendium is a compilation of all designations, closures and restrictions imposed under discretionary authority within the regulations covering national parks. Compendiums have always been a tool to help manage Alaska's national parks. Comments are due by February 15. The 2010 ANNUAL MOUNTAINEERING SUMMARY FOR DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE is now available at http://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/summaryreports.htm. Find information such as mountaineering statistics, notable climbs of 2010, the Mislow-Swanson Denali Pro Award winners for 2010, and other articles of mountaineering interest. STIKINE RIVER MINING ACTIVITY RISK ASSESSMENT TECHNICAL REPORT No. 10-06 is available at http://www.habitat.adfg.alaska.gov/tech_reports/10_06.pdf. Two hard rock mineral mines are proposed for the Stikine River Watershed: the Galore Creek Project and the Schaft Creek Project. The proposed Galore Creek Project is located between the Stikine and Iskut Rivers and Highway 37 in northwestern British Columbia. Galore Creek flows northward to the Scud River, a tributary to the Stikine River. The Stikine River is an important trans-boundary system that supports 19 fish species, including all 5 species of Pacific salmon. The Galore Creek deposit contains copper, gold and silver; current estimates for mine production are 5.9 billion pounds of copper, 3.7 million ounces of gold and 40 million ounces of silver over the 20-year life of the mine. The proposed filter plant and ore concentrate loading facility is located near the Iskut River, near the confluence with More Creek. The projected mine life is 20 years. The proposed Schaft Creek Project is located approximately 60 km south of the village of Telegraph Creek in the upper Schaft Creek watershed. Schaft Creek drains to the north into Mess Creek, a tributary to the Stikine River. The Schaft Creek deposit is a polymetallic (copper-gold-silver-molybdenum) deposit; mineral claims cover approximately 20,932 ha. The current mine plan describes an open pit, mined at the rate of 100,000 tonnes per day with a projected mine life of 23 years. The deposit will be mined with large truck/shovel operations. The ore will be crushed, milled and filtered on site to produce separate copper and molybdenum concentrates. At the end of the project, the mine pit will encompass an area of 4.9 km2 and extend 330 m below the current elevation. The project will generate over 812 million tonnes of tailings. An access road will be constructed from the Galore Creek road. This document presents a review of the environmental effects monitoring programs for the proposed Galore and Shaft Creek mines. The review is divided into four sections. The first section presents the history of mining in the Stikine River Drainage and historical data on water quality, hydrology, fish and wildlife. A data CD is included with the report containing much of the historic data. A group of Service High students and the Anchorage Fire Department are working on a TRAIL PROJECT that aims to IMPROVE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO FIND SOMEONE who is injured in FAR NORTH BICENTENNIAL PARK. Part of this project would be to construct small trail markers along the trails in order for the firemen to get to a location easier. They have created a WEBSITE AND A SURVEY TO SEE TRAIL USER'S RESPONSES to this idea. The link to the survey is https://sites.google.com/site/blakinak/home/blak-survey. It is not very long and it would be beneficial to if as many people as possible took it so the students and Fire Department could know if this idea has support or in what ways it should be changed. For more information, contact Aaron Wheatall at email@example.com. The BIRD TREATMENT & LEARNING CENTER (TLC) is looking for ITEMS FOR THEIR “FOR THE BIRDS” SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION to be held on March 18 at the Hilton Hotel. There are many levels of participation, including: donating items for our live and silent auction, a monetary donation for sponsorship of the event (your logo would be displayed in all of our auction publications and on our website), purchasing a Sponsor Table ($1,000 for a table that seats 10) or an Event Ticket. ($60 a person). Participants get a chance to visit with Bird TLC’s live education birds and handlers, while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and the piano stylings of Erin Turner. The entertaining Cary Carrigan will be our auctioneer extraordinaire and all involved are guaranteed to have an enjoyable evening of all things birdie. If you are interested in donating or have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562-4852. Remember, all donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Center, go to http://www.birdtlc.net/. Call for abstracts and posters for the CLASSROOMS FOR CLIMATE SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING CHUGACH, NORTHERN ECOSYSTEMS, and the IMPLICATIONS for SCIENCE and SOCIETY. Paper abstract & poster deadline: February 11. More information, go to http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/classroomsforclimate/. The purpose of the conference is to examine the current state of knowledge of regional climate, natural and managed ecosystems, socioeconomic conditions, and traditional cultural values of Alaska’s coastal forests and surrounding areas and to create an educational opportunity for students, agencies, and the interested public by bringing together relevant scientists and experts to share perspectives and insights. Elements of the conference include a public key-note address by MAJORA CARTER, presented paper sessions, poster sessions, and youth participation. The foci of this symposium are: 1) the biophysical systems, 2) their relevance to economic and cultural values, 3) their importance to advancing knowledge and utility for education, and 4) policy and adaptation. The conference hosts are pleased to welcome and integrate the Northern Forum’s Youth Eco-Forum to the event, as well. The Northern Forum is a nonprofit, international organization composed of sub-national or regional governments from 8 northern countries. 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the organization’s Youth Eco-Forum, an annual event aimed at promoting environmental education among teenagers around the circumpolar north. For the first time, the Youth Eco-Forum will come to Alaska, and 80-100 youth from all over the north will join the conference to explore research and questions concerning climate change and forested landscapes. The event is scheduled as part of the United Nations International Year of Forests, and celebrates the developing cooperative relationships between its sponsors. VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES **BIONEERS IN ALASKA is looking for skilled and creative volunteers to help organize our 8th annual three-day conference next fall at UAA. Bioneers in Alaska educates, connects, and inspires people to act effectively with practical solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth's imperiled ecosystems and healing human communities. We are one of about 20 locations nationwide that receive plenary speakers via satellite from the main Bioneers Conference in California while offering workshops by local presenters. Volunteers are particularly needed in the areas of graphic design, marketing, and fundraising. We are gathering potential volunteers at an important organizational meeting on Tuesday evening, Feb. 8, in Anchorage. Please email email@example.com for more details. For more information about Bioneers in Alaska, visit www.sustainak.org; for more info about the main Bioneers organization, see www.bioneers.org. ANCHORAGE WATERWAYS COUNCIL is looking for a TREASURER. Anchorage Waterways Council, a non-profit dedicated to the protection of all waterbodies in the Municipality, is seeking interested board members. We are especially in need of one with financial skills who would become treasurer. Knowledge of Quickbooks would be very helpful. Contact Cherie Northon at 272-7335 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Community Councils adjacent to North Russian Jack Springs Park are asked for volunteers wanted to serve on the RUSSIAN JACK SPRINGS PARK VERY IMPORTANT PARK COMMITTEE. Because the Parks & Recreation Department wishes the improvements and schedule to mesh with neighborhood desires, we ask the three adjacent Community Councils to nominate one representatives each (with an alternate so a representative can always attend) to serve on the North Russian Jack Springs Park VIP Committee. The VIP Committee will be composed of 8 people to assist with decision-making and implementation of the park project. The Very Important Park Committee will be composed of the following representatives: 4 park neighbors - parents with children ages 10 through 18 are encouraged. One Community-wide Representative, 1 representative from Russian Jack Community Council, 1 representative from North East Community Council, and 1 representative from Mountain View Community Council. For VIP Committee roles and responsibilities go to https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxub3J0aHJqc3B8Z3g 6NThlNGI0NDk0Y2VmZDNiNw&pli=1. For questions about the VIP Committee and the 2011 North Russian Jack Springs Park projects, contact Suzanne little at 343-4586 or e-mail at LittleSR@muni.org. The TANANA VALLEY WATERSHED ASSOCIATION seeks BOARD MEMBERS for a small organization with a lot of potential. Please visit www.tvwatershed.org for more information and email email@example.com. INTERNSHIPS ALASKA EXOTIC PLANT MANAGEMENT TEAM has a number of STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION INTERNSHIP posted right now at http://www.thesca.org/serve/internships/browse?keys=invasive+plant+management+alaska. Start date at Katmai National Park & Preserve is April 25; Kenai Fjords National Park is May 16; and Denali, Glacier Bay, Klondike Gold Rush, Sitka, and Wrangell-St. Elias is May 24. These internships involve fieldwork to hand dig or pull invasive plants, surveying areas with Trimble GPSes for infestations, collect native seeds for re-vegetation efforts, help with outreach and education events, and work on data management. SCA expense paid internships are for those 18yrs and older For more information, contact Bonnie M. Million, Alaska EPMT Liaison, at 907-644-3452, Fax 907-644-3809 or email Bonnie_Million@nps.gov. The ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER (ASLC) is currently sponsoring an INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES who are interested in gaining an educational experience in a world-class marine facility. The Alaska SeaLife Center is dedicated to generating and sharing scientific knowledge that promotes understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. We are currently accepting applications for summer 2011 internships. ASLC internships offer a well-rounded, educational experience working in a variety of areas within the Center. The Alaska SeaLife Center provides interns with complimentary housing and a small food stipend. To see To see full internship descriptions, including internship dates, general information and application instructions go to http://www.alaskasealife.org/New/about-ASLC/index.php?page=internship- program.php. The application deadline date is February 1. For more information please contact Human Resources Specialist, at 1-800-224-2525 ext. 6307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The ALASKA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION is currently accepting applications for the 2011 CONSERVATION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. The Conservation Internship Program offers 16 paid summer internship opportunities with leading conservation organizations and agencies located throughout the state of Alaska. Visit www.alaskaconservation.org./internships to learn more about the program, explore the internship positions, and apply. The deadline to submit applications is February 14, Undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college graduates with an interest in beginning or furthering their career in conservation, environmental justice or another related field are encouraged to apply. Both Alaska residents and non-residents are welcome! Go to www.alaskaconservation.org./internships to learn more about the program, explore the internship Positions, and apply. For more information, contact Chris Czarnecki at email@example.com (email preferred) or at 907-276-1917. KACHEMAK BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE in Homer is recruiting a COLLEGE STUDENT FOR A SUMMER VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP. They are looking for a MARINE Science Education Intern to work with Reserve staff from June 13 - August 13, 2011 to enhance the experience of Homer visitors through interpretation, one-on-one assistance, and hands-on demonstration related to a variety of marine / coastal environment themes at KBNERR Discovery Labs, outdoor Estuary Hikes, and special events. The deadline for applying is March 18. For more information, contact Jessica Ryan with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve at 907-226-4657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. POSITIONS AVAILABLE **OPERATIONS MANAGER for the ALASKA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION in Anchorage. The Operations Manager is responsible for ACF’s human resources and administrative operations. The position plays a critical role in ensuring effectiveness and accountability in ACF’s administrative policies and procedures. The Operations Manager reports directly to the Deputy Director. The responsibilities of the position Ensures compliance with ACF personnel policies and state/federal labor laws;, Administers benefit plans including medical, dental, SEP IRA and 403(b) retirement; Advises staff on hiring process for all positions; Facilitates format and scheduling of performance reviews; and Maintains personnel files. Office Administration: Ensures that document control procedures are legally compliant and adhered to: Working with management team, develops and implements administrative/office policies; Oversees procurement of equipment, supplies and materials; Manages equipment maintenance and administrative support contracts; Oversees maintenance of administrative records and office filing systems; Manages office lease; Routinely assesses computer, software and equipment (furniture, copiers, printers, fax machines, phones, voice mail, and postage meter) needs as part of budget planning and setting procurement priorities; Maintains insurance policies (worker’s compensation, Directors and Officers, property, liability); and Oversees IT management and support. Minimum Qualifications: Three or more years related work experience; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Strong organization and time management skills; Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple projects, and prioritize tasks; and Commitment to the mission and goals of ACF (listed at www.alaskaconservation.org). This is a ¾ time position with full benefits. ACF’s salary and benefits are highly competitive within the nonprofit field. We offer substantial retirement benefits, including 403(b) and SEP/IRA retirement accounts, vacation, paid holidays, health and dental benefits. To Apply: Please provide a cover letter outlining your interest and experience, and a resume. (References upon request.). Please submit applications via email to email@example.com, attn: Ann Rothe. We will confirm receipt of your submission by email. The application deadline is February 14, 2011. **FULL-TIME ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICIAN for the YUKON RIVER INTER-TRIBAL WATERSHED COUNCIL to work in the Sustainable Lands Department located in the Fairbanks office. Position closes February 15. To apply, mail a cover letter and resume with 3 references to YRITWC Sustainable Lands Dept., 323 2nd St. Unit A, Fairbanks, AK 99701, fax to 907-451-2534, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to http://www.yritwc.org/About_Us/Jobs_and_Internships.aspx or call 907-451-2530. **FINANCE TECHNICIANS for the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER in Seward. These positions are responsible for monitoring grant administration processes and performing various accounting functions at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Education and Experience Requirements: A vocational certificate, Associate’s degree in a related field, or four years experience in a similar position, and accounting knowledge are required. Must be self-motivated, and be willing & able to learn. Must possess skills in accounting, time management, organization, customer service, computers, attention to detail, and oral and written communication. Strong product knowledge pertaining to Microsoft Office products is a must. Skills in communicating both orally and in writing; organizing and prioritizing. Must have ability to present information to non-financial groups; work with diverse individuals; work independently and interact effectively with staff, senior management, funding agencies, and grantees; and ability to maintain confidentiality. This is a full-time and a part time position. To see full job description, go to http://www.alaskasealife.org/New/Contribute/pdf/FinanceTechnician01-21-2011.pdf . Apply As Soon As Possible. Start Date: Open Until Filled. Send resume & application (downloadable on website) to ASLC, Human Resources, P.O. Box 1329, Seward, AK 99664, fax 907-224-6320, or email mailto:HR@alaskasealife.orgtHR@alaskasealife.org. NATURALIST Position for WRANGELL INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT (WISE) COPPER RIVER COUNTRY NATURE TOUR for this summer. WISE is situated in the heart of the Copper River Basin. Tours begin at the Copper Center Princess Lodge. Each tour will involve a van ride with accompanying narrative and selected stops, a campsite group presentation, and a nature walk. Presenters will utilize a variety of techniques, including oral narrative, specimen display, and hands-on activities, to address topics of interest relating to the natural history and ecology of the Copper River Country and the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The tours begin May 27 and end September 15. Naturalist pay is dependent on experience and negotiated at the time of hire. Training is available beginning May 16 and housing is available. Naturalist must have their own off-duty transportation. To view complete job description and for employment application visit our web site at www.wise-edu.org. To apply, mail a completed job application with two references to WISE, HC60 Box 336E, Copper Center, AK 99573. For further information email Bruce James at email@example.com or call 907-822-3575. The application deadline is April 1 but the position may be filled early so don't delay. Applications may be accepted after this date if position has not been filled. PLANT ECOLOGIST (BIO-TECHNICIAN) POSITIONS needed for ALASKA SOIL SURVEY PROGRAM for the summer of 2011.The positions will be located in Homer, Fairbanks and Palmer. Length of the assignments will be approximately 18 weeks for the surveys out of Homer and Palmer (approximately June-October) and 12 weeks out of Fairbanks (June through August). This is a tremendous experience for qualified individuals to expand their botanical skills, learn soils, landforms, interpretations, mapping techniques, and apply ecological concepts, all while experiencing Alaska up close. Requirements: Sophomore through Graduate level students who have strong botanical and plant identification skills, coursework and/or vegetation sampling experience, strong outdoor skills, and positive attitudes. Actual job duties and pay scales will be dependent on coursework and experience. The Plant Ecologist (Bio-Technician) will work with the Soil Scientist as a team to identify and describe plant communities, collect data and plant information, and assist in compilation of field data to describe ecological sites. Federal pay grades will range from GS-5 to GS-7 and includes a percent cost-of-living adjustment. Pay grade will be based on completed coursework and experience. Work environment will vary. While in the field, primarily in remote areas camping will be required. Field work normally consists of 8 days on and 6 days off but can range up to 16 days on. During the off days off, housing is not available. Almost all fieldwork will be in remote areas and will require good outdoor skills. Daily activities include continuous hiking over rough terrain, basic orienteering skills, and often extended periods of working in cold wet conditions. Initial access to work sites may be by vehicle, ATV, boat, or helicopter. Close working conditions and interaction with people of diverse cultures requires strong positive social skills and requires team work. Travel expense to Alaska and housing subsidies may be available for those students who will be continuing their education in the fall, 2011. Training: In addition to on-the-job training in vegetation collection, soil science and soil survey techniques, safety training will be provided. This includes ATV, boat, and aviation safety, as well as bear awareness and firearm safety. When possible, you may be asked to complete some of this training prior to arrival in Alaska. Please send a letter (or email) of interest, resume, and transcript no later than March 1 to the Project Leader. These materials should reference coursework and/or experiences both in plant/botanical skills and in outdoor skills. You will be notified if additional information is needed. Those selected will be required to have current 1st Aid and CPR certification before starting work. Contact Bryon Lorenz, MLRA/ Project leader; Nathan Parry/Project Leader USDA-NRCS, for specific information about the survey, housing situations, and field work at (907) 479-3159 ext. 107 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or for general information about skills for the position you may also contact Michelle Schuman, Ecologist, at (907) 761-7781 or email email@example.com. RESEARCH TECHNICIAN for the COOK INLET BELUGA (CIB) REMOTE MONITORING PROJECT conducted by the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER. This position will be based in Anchorage. Education and Experience Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in biology, marine biology, zoology, or related field with two years experience in a similar position is preferred. Experience in biological field studies, scientific writing, remote monitoring equipment, and photo identification of marine mammals preferred. Computer skills including MS Excel, Word, Access and Observer Pro. Knowledge of basic research methods, data collection techniques as well as knowledge of and ability to operate cameras and other video recording equipment. This is a seasonal, full-time position. ASLC offers a competitive wage (DOE). Apply By: February 15 - Start Date: May 15. Send resume & application (downloadable at o www.alaskasealife.org by fax to 907-224-6320, or email HR@alaskasealife.org. ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT jobs available with the Colorado State University and the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. Jobs are located at FORT WAINWRIGHT, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, and DONNELLY TRAINING AREA. Seasonal and salaried positions are available. Visit www.cemml.colostate.edu for details. EO employer. Background checks conducted for employment. EDUCATION SPECIALIST I for the ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER in Seward. The position is responsible for working with the Education Department to present the Center’s marine science programs. This position will work variable hours, including mornings, evenings and weekends as needed. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a field complementary to the Center’s mission; and experience as an intern, teacher, or interpreter in an aquarium, museum, camp or similar setting. Experience in curriculum writing and development is preferred. The successful applicant will have experience giving public presentations and working with children in an educational setting; an ability to understand and interpret marine science topics, follow instructions and work independently on projects; professional appearance and conduct; an outgoing personality; and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Responsibilities (include but are not limited to): Develops and presents educational programs with a focus on current marine research in Alaska, to scheduled on-site or off-site school children and other groups. Works with ASLC Education Department staff and scientists to identify opportunities for integrating research and rehabilitation activities into new or existing education programs. Assists the Education Department with fundraising and grant writing. Maintains an effective working relationship with staff. Must be able to work independently and to serve as a team member, and handle multiple priorities in an efficient manner. Represents the ASLC by presenting programs and resources at off-site special events, such as festivals, conferences, and teacher training days. This is a regular, full-time position. ASLC offers a competitive wage (DOE) and benefits package. Open until filled. Start Date: January 24. Send resume & application (downloadable at www.alaskasealife.org) to ASLC, Human Resources, P.O. Box 1329, Seward, AK 99664, fax 907-224-6320, or email HR@alaskasealife.org. CAMP HABITAT SUMMER CAMPS DIRECTOR (Fairbanks) for the NORTHERN ALASKA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, FRIENDS OF CREAMER'S FIELD, AND ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & GAME are seeking an energetic, experienced Summer Camps Director for their joint summer venture, Camp Habitat, for the 2011 season, with a start date in March. Camp Habitat offers week-long nature education and ecology camps for youth ages 4 - 11 for 5 weeks during June and July. BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: The Camp Director’s primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day camp operations and supervise staff, as well as to: recruit and register campers; recruit, hire and train staff; manage the camp budget; and communicate with parents. The Camp Director reports to the Executive Director of the Friends of Creamer’s Field. For a complete job description, desired qualifications and application information, visit: www.northern.org. NATURALIST GUIDE for CAMP DENALI & NORTH FACE LODGE inside Denali National Park. Camp Denali and North Face Lodge are looking for naturalist guides with a solid understanding of ecological processes. A naturalist-guide at this operation is a teacher of experiential learning, a backcountry hiking guide, and a competent driver. Approximate position dates: May 29 to September 13. MS or BS in natural sciences, geology, or similar is desired, although extensive experience will also be considered. This is a rewarding and challenging position, set in an unparalleled setting, among an interesting and committed conservation-minded community of staff. We seek to offer the highest quality experience for visitors who venture out with our diverse and qualified staff of naturalists. This is not your average summer job in Denali. Necessary skills include current WFA & CPR or WFR (highly preferred), ability to route-find in Denali National Park’s trail-less terrain, lead people confidently and safely into the backcountry, safely transport guests in 15 passenger vans over the Denali Park Road (a commercial drivers license, or willingness to pursue one is desired), and use the natural world as a classroom to enhance guests’ understanding of ecology. Teaching experience is preferred. Since guest interaction is a major component, naturalist-guides must possess flexibility, the ability to communicate articulately and with an easy conversational style, and have a sincere interest in people. For more information about Camp Denali & North Face Lodge, working/living on location in Denali, full job description, and the application process go to www.campdenali.com, click on the “employment” link. Questions may be directed to Martha McPheeters (Personnel Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS are needed for the CENTER FOR ALASKAN COASTAL STUDIES in Homer for the spring (April-May) and SEASONAL NATURALISTS and NATURALIST INTERNS for the summer (June – August) seasons. Positions are based at the semi- remote Peterson Bay Coastal Science Field Station and Kasitsna Bay Marine Laboratory across Kachemak Bay from Homer and at the 140-acre Carl Wynn Nature Center on the bluff above Homer. Salaries range from $1200 - $1500/month and housing is also provided. Information on the organization and its programs and facilities can be found at http:www.akcoastalstudies.org and job descriptions are posted at http://www.akcoastalstudies.org/jobs.htm. Send cover letter, resume, and contact for three references to email@example.com. ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYST for USKH Inc. to assist in the development and design of project documents, details, and specifications; within budget and on time, in accordance with current environmental science or natural resources knowledge and practices. The purpose of this position is to provide professional, technical day-to-day support. Minimum of 2-4 years of experience, including NEPA. Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Biology or another Natural Science degree. For more information, go to http://www.uskh.com/?q=node/143. ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN for SAGA in Juneau. This position supports the Finance Director with accounting functions for a multi-grant, multi-program agency. Duties include but are not limited to accounts payable, petty cash, credit card management, travel authorizations, and reconciling subsidiary accounts to general ledger. Other duties may include payroll, accounts receivable, and database reports. Qualifications: Accounting degree preferred, extensive experience may substitute for coursework as applicable; Experience with non-profits, grant accounting, and financial reporting required; Familiarity with Quickbooks and Microsoft Office required; familiarity with Access desirable; Ability to work cooperatively and efficiently with minimal supervision; be flexible and meet frequent deadlines; ability to pass criminal records check, including National Sex Offender check required; Must possess a valid U.S. passport or resident alien permit. This is a part-time position scheduled to begin as soon as possible. Paid annual leave and government holidays are provided to successful candidate. This position will remain open until filled. Please see full job posting at www.servealaska.org. To apply send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or to SAGA, Recruitment & Hiring Manager, P.O. Box 33037, Juneau, AK 99803. For more information, contact the Recruiter at 907-790-6412. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for the TAKSHANUK WATERSHED COUNCIL seeking qualified candidates for a full-time, year-round position. Founded in 2003, TWC is located in Haines and provides stewardship for the Chilkat, Chilkoot and Ferebee Watersheds. The Executive Director, reporting to the Board of Directors, is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the council according to strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. TWC allows a flexible schedule, a positive working environment, and dedicated staff and Board. Please send a résumé and cover letter to email@example.com. Indicate Job Search in the subject line. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position open until filled. No phone calls, please. CONSERVATION DIRECTOR for LYNN CANAL CONSERVATION - a grassroots non-profit environmental organization based in Haines. Responsibilities include issue advocacy, grant writing, membership development, office management, and community outreach. Job is located in a small Alaska community known for its majestic coastal mountains, abundant fish and wildlife, year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, and its active, diverse community life. Desired skills and experience: 1) organizational development skills including grant writing and website management, 2) environmental advocacy skills including community organizing and issues analysis and 3) excellent communication skills, and 4) ability to work independently in a one-person office. Year-round, half-time position, salary DOE. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call (907) 766-2295 for more information. Until filled To RECEIVE What's Up, or to ADD meetings, events, publications, deadlines, websites, or CHANGE EMAIL ADDRESS OR UNSUBSCRIBE, contact Peg Tileston at 907-561-0540, FAX 907-563-2747 or pegt@ gci.net.
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