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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
marty.freeman@alaska.gov 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 asgrant@alaska.edu 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 davisr@tamug.edu 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 joel.nudelman@alaska.gov.

**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 lucy_tyrrell@nps.gov.

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 erika.ammann@noaa.gov 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 lucy_tyrrell@nps.gov.

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 lswada@fs.fed.us.

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
sally.wanstall@alaska.gov.

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 david.christie@alaska.edu 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 lwolf@forakergroup.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 lkruer@matsugo.us.

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 jack.kerin@alaska.gov.
linda.books@alaska.gov. 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 jack.kerin@alaska.gov. For applications within the Southcentral or Southeast Regions
contact Linda Books at phone (907) 269-8647, fax at 907-269-8949, or email linda.books@alaska.gov.
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 fw7_izembek_planning@fws.gov 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 russell.kirkham@alaska.gov.

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 candice.snow@alaska.gov.

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 candice.snow@alaska.gov.

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 bruce.phelps@alaska.gov.

**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 candice.snow@alaska.gov.

**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 wally.evans@alaska.gov.

**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 sean.lowther@alaska.gov.

**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: peter.boyer@alaska.gov.

**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
r7_mmm_comment@fws.gov.

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 rleiner@alaskapacific.edu.

**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! bc@farak.org 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 lwoelfle@blm.gov.

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 nissa.pilcher@alaska.gov.

**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 meadow.bailey@alaska.gov. .

**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 veromanovsky@alaska.edu or
Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7902 or via e-mail
marmian.grimes@alaska.edu.

**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 nissa.pilcher@alaska.gov.

**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
stevie.seibert@gi.alaska.edu.

**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 arcticcycles@hotmail.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
trailhead@vmbah.org or Madeline at gocke@mtaonline.net 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 info@gi.alaska.edu 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 wolfgang.junge@alaska.gov or contact Brian
Hanson, DOWL HKM Airport Engineer at (907) 562-2000 or email bhanson@dowlhkm.com.

**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 nissa.pilcher@alaska.gov

**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 brennan@greeniphone.com.

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
awheatall@gmail.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
development@birdtlc.net 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 tpauls@alaska.net 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
cherie@anchoragecreeks.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
tvwatershed@gmail.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 volunteer_intern@alaskasealife.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 interns@alaskaconservation.org
(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
jessica.ryan@alaska.gov.

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
acfinfo@alaskaconservation.org, 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
caronson@yritwc.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 bjames@wise-edu.org 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: bryon.lorenz@ak.usda.gov or for general information
about skills for the position you may also contact Michelle Schuman, Ecologist, at (907) 761-7781 or
email michelle.schuman@ak.usda.gov.

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 jobs@campdenali.com.

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 jobs@akcoastalstudies.org.

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 recruiter@servealaska.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
takshanuk@gmail.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 scrimqueen@gmail.com. Call (907)
766-2295 for more information. Until filled

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