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What’s Up
October 14, 2010
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
October 15 & 16 (Additional Information)
ADVANCED LIGHTING PRESENTATION and WORKSHOPS will be held in the following
locations.
     October 15 - ANCHORAGE from 9 to 5 Tuition: $100 or $225 with Professional CE certification
Lunch not included.
     October 16 - ANCHORAGE at UAA one hour presentation for a general audience during Bioneers
in Alaska. Bioneers registration required at www.SustainAK.org.
Topics include effective lighting design, equipment selection, daylight harvesting, controls and more.
These workshops are designed to give an in depth training on how we can use lighting to be more
efficient and save on lighting costs. Workshops will cover in depth explanations of lighting systems, i.e.
Induction, LED, T8/T5, cold Cathode, and how to decide which system is best for your application. Also
learn how to identify inefficient lighting systems and how to make them more efficient. Understand VEL
(Visibly Effective Lumens) and the differences within different lighting systems. Learn how watts no
longer translate with efficacy values. Instructors will be local and national experts including NANCY
CLANTON, PE and LEED AP from Boulder, CO and DAVE INMAN, of Red Mountain Lighting ,
Mesa AZ. For more information, contact 877-271-4411,email kr@acat.org or go to
http://www.acat.org/workshopRegistration.html.

October 15 - 17
SEWARD - GO WITH THE FLOW: WATER FROM ICE TO OCEAN is a teacher‟s workshop
hosted by The Alaska SeaLife Center and Kenai Fjords National Park for grade 3-5 teachers. The focus is
water as it flows from the glaciers to the sea. There will be lots of hands-on activities, as well as research
presentations by Alaska SeaLife Center and National Park scientists. The workshop fee is only $75,
which includes all meals & lodging for the weekend so it's a great deal! One credit is available from UAA
for an additional $69 fee. E-mail education@alaskasealife.org for a registration form or call 907-224-
6306 with any questions.

October 15 & 16
SITKA - PROJECT LEARNING TREE, PROJECT WILD, and ALASKA WILDLIFE
CURRICULUM WORKSHOP will be held at Blatchley Middle School, Room 217 from 4:30 to 8pm
on October 15th and 8:30am to 3:30pm on the 16th . This workshop introduces the national, award-
winning environmental education programs designed to assist K-12 students in developing the awareness,
knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about the environment. All educators are
welcome, including teachers, paraprofessionals, youth organizations, and community groups. All
workshop materials are Interdisciplinary, Teacher Friendly, Correlated to State Standards! Cost $30 to
ANROE for materials, $69 to UAA for credit. Graduate credit is available through UAA, but is not
required for participation. The additional cost is $69. The course number is 580Q. To Register: contact
Kristen Romanoff at 907-465-4292 or email kristen.romanoff@alaska.gov.
October 15 - 17 (NEW WEBSITE)
ANCHORAGE - 7TH ANNUAL BIONEERS CONFERENCE: CREATING SUSTAINABLE
COMMUNITIES will be held at UAA. The theme this year is COMMUNITY RESILIENCY. Explore
ways to move beyond fossil fuels to communities that can truly sustain themselves. 2010 Keynote
Speaker: RICHARD HEINBERG of the Post Carbon Institute. He is Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the
Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world‟s foremost Peak Oil educators. 2010 Plenary
Speakers. JANE GOODALL, ANDY LIPKIS, GLORIA FELDT and more. Local Workshops: Energy
Efficiency, Food Policy, Home Gardening, Alternative Health, Food Preservation, Nature Spirits and
more. To read about this year‟s plenary speakers and register for the conference, to
http://www.bioneers.org/conferencehttp://sustainak.org/conference/regular-registration/.

October 16
MAT-SU - BUILDING SUSTAINABLE TRAILS CLASS (CRN 78883) will be held at Mat Su
College Course from 9am to 5pm. Learn the fundamentals of sustainable design and construction for
motorized, non-motorized and multi-use trails The class includes a 2-hour classroom session followed by
a 6-hour field session. Tools will be provided. Students should bring lunch and drinking water and come
dressed for trail work with leather boots, gloves, and rain gear. This is a non-credit course and will be
taught by MARK GRONEWALD. Cost is $35. Meet in Room 202 of the Fred & Sara Machentanz
building. Register soon so the college knows they have enough folks to hold the class. Call 745-9746 to
register.

**October 20 (WEBINAR)
WAYS TO HELP AND HINDER: CLIMATE, POLICY, AND ADAPTABILITY Webinar at 10am
with PHILIP LORING, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, UAF. Dr. Loring will present
a component of his dissertation research that compares case-studies from Interior Alaska (subsistence
hunting) and the Bering Sea (Commercial Fishing) to explore how policy helps or hinders people's ability
to respond effectively to climatic variability and change. The lessons speak both to community needs and
to how natural resource policy might be better structured to support sustainability and community
livelihoods. Registration is strongly encouraged! Please fill out the web-form at:
http://ine.uaf.edu/accap/teleconference.htm#register or contact: Brook Gamble, Outreach and Education
Specialist, at (907) 474-7812 or emal accap@uaf.edu. For directions on how to To participate Log-In at
http://ine.uaf.edu/accap/teleconference.htm If you are in Fairbanks, feel free to join in person in
ACCAP/SNAP's office: Floor 2 of the Denali Building, 3352 College Road, Fairbanks.

October 21 (CANCELED)
PALMER - PRODUCING AND PLANTING BARE ROOT TREES WORKSHOP will be held from
9:30am to 4:30pm at the AK Div. of Agriculture, Plant Material Center, 5310 S. Bodenburg Spur.
Registration fee is $15 and is required so food and beverages can be ordered. Please register before 5pm
on October 15 by completing the registration section (contact dewainwright@alaska.edu for the form)
and sending a check or money order to Alaska Division of Forestry, Community Forestry Program, 550
W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1450, Anchorage, AK 99501-3566. Make check payable to Alaska Community
Forest Council (We are unable to accept credit card payments).

**October 25 & 26 (WEBCAST and TELECONFERENCE AVAILABLE)
ANNUAL ALASKA SHOREZONE meeting will be held at Alaska Pacific University, Room 103/104
in the Carr Gottstein Building at 10am and made available to remote participants via Webex for remote
phone and computer access. Webex information is located at the very end of this email. An agenda and
reminder will be sent closer to the meeting date. Agenda: October 25 - Presentations will be given on
real-world applications and uses of ShoreZone data and imagery from around Alaska including oil spill
response planning, climate change modeling, conservation planning, permit reviews; Accomplishments of
the past year; and ShoreZone training session. October 26 - Coordination aspects of ShoreZone will be
covered including imaging and mapping status, funding priorities and pending proposals, data
distribution, and website development. ShoreZone survey status; Partnership opportunities; and
Technology updates and review. For more information, contact Laura Baker at 907-576-8623 or email
lbaker@tnc.org. To participate via teleconference call 1-866-699-3239, to participate online, go to
https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/j.php?ED=139545367&UID=482708182&PW=NMGVlODZkZjhl&
RT=MiMz.

October 25 & 26
FAIRBANKS - INVASIVE PLANTS OF ALASKA FOR EDUCATORS WORKSHOP will be held.
at the Princess Lodge. The Alaska Invasive Species Conference 2010 is a combined meeting of Alaska
Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plant Management (CNIPM) and the Alaska Invasive Species
Working Group. The CNIPM board and AISWG group will update the Wiki to keep conference
participants informed, post conference announcements, and provide general information For more
information on invasive species in Alaska, visit the Cooperative Extensive Service's website:
http://www.uaf.edu/ces/Come discover the fascinating biology of invasive plant species in Alaska and get
teaching resources and activities to teach about them. Half day free workshop or 2.5 day workshop for
professional development credit offered in conjunction with the CNIPM/AISWG Alaska Invasive Species
Conference. A PRECONFERENCE EDUCATORS WORKSHOP will be held in the Upark Building
on October 25. For more information about the conference or to make comments, contact Gino Graziano
at Gino.Graziano@Alaska.gov or Blaine Spellman at BlaineSpellman@Homerswcd.org or Michele
Hebert at mahebert@alaska.edu. The CNIPM website is: http://www.uaf.edu/ces/cnipm/ and the AISWG
ftlinewebsite is: http://www.uaf.edu/ces/aiswg/.

**October 27 (TELECONFERENCE SEMINAR)
INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS to ELIMINATE THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS
CHEMICALS - OUTCOMES from GENEVA will be held from 9 to 10am as part of the Alaska
Collaborative on Health and the Environment teleconference seminar series. An international panel of
experts recently met in Geneva, Switzerland to review chemicals now being considered for a worldwide
ban under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The POPs Review
Committee will be advising on whether endosulfan (a pesticide), short-chained chlorinated paraffins
(industrial chemical used primarily in metalworking), and hexabromocyclododecan (flame retardant used
in insulation board for construction, electrical and electronic equipment, upholstery fabric, draperies, and
car interiors) should be added to the global ban. These chemicals remain intact in the environment for a
long time, build up in our bodies, and have adverse health and environmental affects. All three chemicals
being considered for global action are found in the Arctic due to their long range transport by wind and
ocean currents. Hear firsthand about the outcomes of the meeting from international observers KARL
TUPPER of Pesticide Action Network North America, PAMELA MILLER of Alaska Community
Action on Toxics, and EVA KRUEMMEL of Inuit Circumpolar Council (invited) who attended the
week long meeting in Geneva from October 11 - 15, 2010. For more information, or to join this FREE
call and receive the dial-up instructions, please RSVP to Alaska Community Action on Toxics at
diana@akaction.org or (907) 222-7714

October 27 - 28
GIRDWOOD - ALASKA QUICKSILVER SUMMIT 2010 will be held at the Alyeska Resort.
Interested in MERCURY? Curious about the safety of Alaska‟s natural food sources? Wondering what‟s
being done about mercury levels? Then you should attend the Alaska Quicksilver Summit. Stakeholders
have been working for two years to develop a contaminant monitoring strategy for Alaska. This event
wraps up the process to better understand mercury in our environment. We have several facilitated
discussions planned on mercury sources, how it changes in the Alaskan environment, the effect on
animals and humans, industrial control technologies, and other intriguing topics. This event is being
hosted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the University of Alaska, and Alaska Native Tribal Health Association and the Alaska
Department of Health and Social Services. For more information or to register, go to
www.akcontaminants.org.

November 8 - 11
ANCHORAGE - ECOSYSTEMS 2010: GLOBAL PROGRESS ON ECOSYSTEM-BASED
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT 26TH LOWELL WAKEFIELD FISHERIES SYMPOSIUM will be
held at the Hotel Captain Cook. The goals of Ecosystems 2010 are to (1) evaluate global progress toward
Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management (EBFM) by reviewing regional case studies, development of
new analytical tools, and practical approaches toward future progress; and (2) offer explicit, practical
advice for future progress in ecosystem-based fisheries management implementation. For more
information, go to http://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2010/wakefield-ecosystems/index.php or email
Alaska Sea Grant at asg.meetings@uaf.edu.

November 16 & 17
CORDOVA -The FALL 2010 COPPER RIVER STRATEGY GROUP will meet at the Orca
Adventure Lodge. The Copper River Strategy Group is made up of stakeholders of the Copper River
watershed who have an interest in the status and well-being of the Watershed. The Group has been
meeting since 2005 and all meetings are open to the public. Throughout this two-day event, we will
exchange information about the salmon, salmon habitat, water and in stream flow reservations, and
development-related impacts within the watershed. The natural resources in the Copper River watershed
are of vital importance to those who live throughout the watershed. Our dependence upon the resources is
not unique and we need to plan for a sustainable future. The meeting will commence on Tuesday,
November 16th at 9am and will conclude on Wednesday, November 17th at 5pm. For more information
and to RSVP, please contact Native Village of Eyak, Environmental Coordinator, Autumn Bryson at
(907) 424-7738, or abryson@nveyak.org or Keith van den Broek at (907)424-7738 or keith@nveyak.org.
Please RSVP by November 1.

November 16 - 18
ANCHORAGE - 14th ALASKA BIRD CONFERENCE will be held at the Hotel Captain Cook. Every
two years, researchers and managers convene to report on all aspects of bird biology, management and
conservation in Alaska. Keynote Speaker will be World renowned shorebird and evolutionary biologist,
Professor THEUNIS PIERSMA, Avian Ecologist from The Netherlands. Special Sessions include
Movement Ecology and Long-term Raptor Datasets, Communicating Bird Data Using Google Mapping
Applications, and Side Meetings of The Alaska Shorebird Group, Boreal Partners in Flight, and The
Kittlitz's Murrelet Technical Committee. Registration rates are adjusted for The Full Conference, 1 Day, 2
Days, Students, and Single Sessions. All Bird Enthusiasts are invited to attend. For details and
registration, go to www.alaskabirdconference.com or email lcosta@audubon.org for details.

GRANTS & AWARDS
October 31
Deadline for applications for the DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE SEEKING
ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM for 2011. This will be the tenth year for the program in
Denali, and many of the works created by artists-in-residence from previous years are on display in the
Denali Visitor Center and the Eielson Visitor Center. A link to the online application and more
information about the program is available at http://www.nps.gov/dena/artist-in-residence.htm.
Notification letters will be sent out by December 15, 2010.

November 1
Deadline for nominations for the ALASKA WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME that recognizes outstanding
Alaska women to be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame. A nominee may be living or
deceased and must have lived in Alaska at some point in her life. If a nominee is living, she must be at
least 65 years of age as of Nov. 1, 2010. A nominee's contributions should be of community, state-wide or
of national importance and of enduring value. Nominations will be reviewed and considered for selection
by a panel of judges. Honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held March 3,
2011. For more information and nomination form, go to http://alaskawomenshalloffame.org. Questions:
email info@alaskawomenshalloffame.org or call Bonnie Jack at 907-279-4836.

November 1
Deadline for applications for MARINE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM GRANTS. This funding
supports locally driven, community-based marine debris removal projects that benefit coastal habitat,
waterways, and wildlife including migratory fish. Proposed projects should have strong on-the-ground
habitat components involving the removal of marine debris and derelict fishing gear, as well as activities
that provide social benefits for people and their communities and long-term ecological habitat
improvements. To learn more, go to
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103579321475&s=120&e=001JwsyWV4weOwbEDVRBQV-uFtCl-
6z_4umzx2RUEL9afnK1Hsl_twXZiWXEAfJHslItIPT-_hXbsqwJ-be-iHxn-
zTiF6By0AMowl_0fpp9IcO8OuYxui0zP7tMZ74ayLKGpIPPIUNTrw_0KdJkVrAww==.

**November 10
Deadline for submission for the 2011 COASTAL STEWARD CALENDAR ART CONTEST. The
contest is open to all Alaskan students in grades K through 12 (including home-schooled children). A
winner from each grade that submitted will be selected and showcased in the 2011 Calendar that will help
in raising awareness about the importance of our coastlines. We want to know how the students feel that
they can care for their coastlines. Additionally, the winners each receive a copy of the calendar and all
submissions will be featured on the Division's website and included on a screen-saver DVD that can be
loaded onto your home computer! A sample lesson plan is available at
http://alaskacoast.state.ak.us//Enews/2011_Calendar_Contest/index.htm that will help incorporate the
values of the ACMP program, with the message that students can take responsibility of how their
coastline is cared for.Criteria for Art & Description - Each entry must be composed of a piece of artwork
and a description. For more information, contact Sarai Timothy at sarai.timothy@alaska.gov or call 907-
465-8424.

November 15
Deadline for applications submissions for RECREATIONAL TRAILS GRANTS. The Grant Program
provides reimbursable, matching grant funds for trail easement acquisition, development and maintenance
of trails and trail-related facilities. The program also provides funds for safety and educational programs.
For more information, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/trails.htm or contact the Alaska State Trails
Program Coordinator at (907) 269-8699.

November 17
Deadline for applications for the OPEN RIVERS INITIATIVE. Through this program, the NOAA
Restoration Center provides technical EXPERTISE and FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE to REMOVE
DAMS and BARRIERS and RESTORE HABITAT for the many species that migrate between the
ocean and the nation's freshwater rivers and streams. Proposed projects should directly benefit migratory
species such as salmon, sturgeon, shad, river herring, striped bass, and American eel. They should also
improve community vitality and public safety and encourage economic growth. To learn more,
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103579321475&s=120&e=001JwsyWV4weOzjQo5CrquwtmSDHY6JrY_kd
QpvPN_z296wrJT21aCnibmRRtQIz3cGQ4qFKfsbmf7AjRptodgbaChrpTvzURMGfRu7bNN7-
QZX88CzT8pQUG2aMQRsx22gUmxePt_4jaw=.
December 10
Deadline for applications for the NOAA proposal for competitive funding for REGIONAL OCEAN
PARTNERSHIPS that include or emphasize regional COASTAL AND MARINE SPATIAL
PLANNING (CMSP) efforts. This competition is focused on advancing effective coastal and ocean
management through regional ocean governance and the goals for national ocean policy. The Regional
Ocean Partnership Funding Program (ROPFP) will support two categories of activities: (1)
Implementation of activities that contribute to achieving the priorities identified by Regional Ocean
Partnerships (ROPs) while also advancing CMSP as envisioned in the national CMSP Framework; and
(2) ROP Development and Governance Support for administration and operations of existing ROPs, and
for start-up costs of those regions beginning ROPs. For more information see the Federal Register
announcement at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/notice/75fr55541.pdf.

**December 31
Deadline for application for the 2010 PRESIDENT'S ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH AWARDS
(PEYA) The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation‟s natural resources and encourages
positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to
recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation‟s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one
of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental
stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s young people. One outstanding project
from each region is selected for national recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, school
classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship.
Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that the experience is frequently a life-changing event for
many of the young people and sponsors who attend. Find out how to apply at
http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/peya/apply.html. For more information, contact Sally Hanft,
EPA Region 10 Environmental Education Grant Coordinator and President's Environmental Youth
Awards Program Coordinator, at 206-553-1207, 206-553-2955 (fax), or go to
http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/homepage.nsf/webpage/education+resources.

DEADLINES
**October 19 (EXTENDED DEADLINE)
Deadline extended for comments on the proposed JONESVILLE COAL MINING PERMIT
RENEWAL. The Jonesville Coal Mine is located in the Matanuska Valley approximately 11 miles
northeast of Palmer and approximately 2 miles northwest of Sutton near the southeast portion of
Wishbone Hill. This request is to renew the existing permit for an additional five-year term. There are no
changes or modifications to the operation and reclamation plans which have been proposed which would
significantly alter the previously approved permit. The originally approved permit met the requirements
of AS 27.21 and 11 AAC 90 subject to the stipulations of the original permits. Copies of the original
permit, transfer and renewal application and the preliminary findings document are available for review at
the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water, 550 W. 7th Ave.,
Suite 920, Anchorage, AK 99501-3577. For more information or to submit comments, contact
Chuck White at chuck.white@alaska.gov or fax (907) 269-8930.

October 20
MAT-SU - Deadline for comments on the POINT MACKENZIE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. A
planning team was formed in February of 2007. Monthly meetings have been taking place to prepare a
draft. The webpage for the planning effort is available at
http://ww1.matsugov.us/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=2990&tmpl=component
&format=raw&Itemid=238. Comments should be submitted to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning
Division, 350 E. Dahlia Ave, Palmer, AK 99645, or faxed to 907-745-9876 or email
ekrueger@matsugov.us.

October 21
Comments are due on an ALASKA POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM
(APDES) GENERAL PERMIT for the ALASKA OFFSHORE SEAFOOD PROCESSORS (Permit
No.: AKG523000) for operators of seafood processors in Alaska discharging between 0.5 nautical miles
(nm) and 3.0 nm from shore as delineated by mean lower low water (MLLW) or baseline. The proposed
permit sets conditions on the discharge of pollutants from these seafood processors to waters of the U.S.
Seafood processing is any activity the modifies the physical condition of a fishery resource except
processing does not include gutting, gilling or icing fish, or decapitating shrimp while on a fishing vessel
on the fishing grounds. The proposed general permit would authorize a mixing zone for each seafood
processor, described as a circle with a 100 foot radius centered at the outfall pipe or discharge pipe
terminus extending vertically up to the surface and down to the seafloor. The proposed general permit
would also authorize a maximum one acre (43,560 sq. ft.) zone of deposit for each authorized discharge
location between 0.5 nm and 1.0 nm from the shore and at water depths where the receiving water is less
than -120 feet at MLLW. Administrative Record: The APDES preliminary draft permit, fact sheet, permit
application, and associated documents are available for public review at the ADEC offices located in
Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Soldotna, and Wasilla. For more information or to submit comments,
contact Shawn Stokes at 907-269-7504 or email shawn.stokes@alaska.gov.

October 21
FAIRBANKS - Deadline for comments on the proposed Environmental Assessment (EA) for the
continued use of the POKER FLAT RESEARCH RANGE (PFRR) as a research rocket launch facility.
To allow for landing and recovery of rockets and payloads, authorizations are required from two agencies,
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The purpose of the
EA is to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the proposed authorizations and to determine if a
full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required. To submit input regarding potential environmental
impacts of concern from the proposed permitting activities or information concerning potential affected
resources, email PokerFlatEA@doyonemerald.com.

**October 22
GLENNALLEN - Comments are due on request for a SPECIAL RECREATION PERMIT from the
Silverton Mountain Guides to utilize BLM administered public land for GUIDED HELI-SKIING AND
SNOWBOARD TOURS IN THE CHUGACH MOUNTAINS near Knik and Colony Glacier at Mr.
Muir, Mount Gannett and Mt. Goode. Operations would occur between April 1 and May 10, 2011 with a
maximum of 16 clients per day. For more information or to submit comments, contact Denton Hamby at
907-822-7311 or email danton_hamby@blm.gov.

October 22
Deadline for submission for the ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS “SEXY” PHOTO CONTEST Take a
photo that shows how exciting energy efficiency really is! Be creative and artistic or humorous, but please
also be tasteful. Keep in mind that energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same level of
service – using daylight or LED or compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs, for instance,
to provide the same light level in a room. Now go wild with that thought! Email all photos in JPEG form,
in as high a resolution as possible, to m.wilber@realaska.org. Please provide your name, address, phone
number, and email and a short (one or two sentence) description of your photo. The staff at REAP will
review all entries and winners will be notified by email and prizes awarded. Grand prize is a $25 gift
certificate at Bear/Moose‟s Tooth and a $12 coffee card to Sidestreet Espresso. Prizes will also be
awarded to two runners up. Prizes include Bear/ Moose‟s Tooth $25 gift cards and Side Street Espresso
coffee cards! Winning entries will be posted on the REAP web site.
**October 27
HEALY - Comments are due on request for renewal and incidental boundary revision by Usibelli Coal
Mine, Inc. to CONDUCT SURFACE COAL MINING ACTIVITIES at their GOLD RUN PASS
MINE PERMIT The Gold run Pass Mine permit consists of a519-acre mine site, and is located
approximately five (5) miles northeast of Healy. Land affected by this proposed renewal and incidental
boundary revision is owned by the State of Alaska. The proposed incidental boundary revision would
allow for the realignment of roads within the permit area for safer extraction and transportation of coal
reserves. This renewal is for an additional five-year term and includes the areas previously approved in
the existing permits. Copies of the application, existing permit and decision are available for review at the
DNR, Div. of Mining, Land and Water, 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 920, Anchorage and at the Dept‟s
Fairbanks office at 3700 Airport Way For more information or to submit comments, contact Russell
Kirkham at russell.kirkham@alaska.gov.

**October 27
POINT LAY - Deadline for comments of proposal to RENEW WESTERN ARCTIC COAL
EXPLORATION PERMIT from BHP Billiton Energy Coal, Inc. of the existing permit for two
additional years. The permit area is approximately 40 miles south of Point Lay. The size and boundaries
of the existing permit will remain the same and no revisions have bee n requested during this permit term.
Activities approved under the current permit authorize the retention, maintenance and upgrades of a
remote camp and landing strip, a water catchment, geological mapping and outcrop sampling, beach coal
storage, drilling exploration boreholes, and retention of the Kuchiak Reserve Mine. The existing
reclamation bond of $259,979 has been determined to be sufficient to cover the associated reclamation
costs. The application and preliminary decision are available at www.dnr.state.nlw/mining/index.htm. For
more information or to submit comments, contact Russell Kirkham at russell.kirkham@alaska.gov.

**October 28
FAIRBANKS - Deadline for comments for request a modification to raise the existing dam by 52 feet on
FISH CREEK at FORT KNOX MINE. The addition will require 2,327,000 cubic yards of fill and
impact 338.5 additional acres. 15.64 are jurisdictional wetlands. Permit request is available at
http://www.poa.usace.army.mil/reg/PN_Scanned/2010%20September/POA-1992-574-M19.pdf. For more
information or to submit comments, contact Mary Romero, Corps Regulatory Division, at 907-753-2712
or email fort.knox.comments@usace.army.mil.

**October 28
Comments are due on request to renew AIR QUALITY CONTROL OPERATING PERMIT for the
DILLON PLATFORM. The potential annual emissions of regulated air pollutants at the source will not
exceed: 18.3 tons of Particulate Matter, 409 tons of Nitrogen Oxides, 28.1 tons of Sulfur Dioxide, 439
tons of Carbon Monoxide, and 27 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds. The total emissions of regulated
air pollutants is 922 tons per year. 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 Ms.
Debra Dalcher, Operating Permits Supervisor, at 907-269-7562 or email Debra.Dalcher@alaska.gov.

**October 29
Deadline for comments on the DRAFT POINT MACKENZIE COMPREHENSIVE The webpage for
the planning effort is available at
http://ww1.matsugov.us/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=2990&tmpl=component
&format=raw&Itemid=238. For more information or to submit comments, contact the Matanuska-Susitna
Borough Planning Division, by fax at 907-745-9876 or email to ekrueger@matsugov.us.

EVENTS & MEETINGS \ANCHORAGE - EAGLE RIVER & GIRDWOOD
October 14
AMATS TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet 2:30 to 4:30pm in the Planning &
Development Center, 1st Floor Main Conference Room, 4700 Elmore Road. Agenda includes, 2010-13
TIP, Major Amendment; Obligation Report; ER Greenbelt Pathway & Access; AMATS Funding
Allocation Formula Proposal; Public Transportation Status Report; Connect Anchorage Status Update;
and Municipal CIP Report. For more information, contact amatsinfo@muni.org or 343-7991.

October 18
The DOCUMENTARY FILM, GHOST BIRD will be shown for one night only at the Bear Tooth. This
film explores the remarkable (possible) rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker." Contact the Bear
Tooth Theaterpub for details.

October 19
NATURAL RESOURCES – HOW DO WE DEFINE THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT? is the topic for
the Conversation salon on Alaska Constitution from 5;30 to 6:30 in the Ann Stevens Room, Loussac
Library. Join former Speaker of the Alaska House GAIL PHILLIPS for a thought-provoking discussion
led by constitutional scholar MIKE SCHWAIGER. No prior knowledge of the Alaska constitution or
previous attendance required!

**October 19
EAGLE RIVER - Open house will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Alaska River Towne Center,
Room 170 regarding the preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the PROPOSED ROUTING
OF DRAINAGE OF FORT RICHARDSON and to present an UPDATE ON THE PROPOSED
DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS. For additional information , contact John Pekar, design Project
Manager at 907-344-7580.

October 20
SALMON IN THE TREES: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY THROUGH ALASKA’S TONGASS
RAIN FOREST will be presented at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum. AMY GULICK, award-winning
nature photographer, and JOHN SCHOEN, of Audubon Alaska, will talk about America‟s largest rain
forest. For the past two years, photographer Amy Gulick has paddled and trekked among the bears,
islands and salmon streams to photograph the Tongass. Join her on an unforgettable journey to one of the
rarest ecosystems on Earth. Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest, a new book from
Braided River, tells the story of the Tongass rain forest where life interconnects in unexpected ways. In
this biologically rich coastal ecosystem, humpback whales, orcas and sea lions cruise the forested
shorelines. Millions of wild salmon swim upstream into the forest, feeding bears, bald eagles and local
communities. A book signing will follow the multimedia presentation. For more information, visit
www.salmoninthetrees.org or contact Beth Peluso at Audubon Alaska 276-7034.

October 20
WHERE HAVE ALL THE MAMMOTHS GONE? The wooly mammoth is the symbol of the Ice Age
and the official Alaskan state fossil. But there are still many controversies surrounding how this great
animal lived and why it went extinct. Using a variety of new information from paleontology, archaeology,
paleobotany, chemistry, and geology, including his own work at the Broken Mammoth archaeological site
and at the Qagnax‟s Cave site on the Pribilof Islands, Dr. DAVID YESNER of UAA will attempt to
piece together the latest version of how mammoths lived and died. He‟ll share mammoth bones and
describe what it‟s like to eat mammoth meat and marrow that‟s 15,000 years old! The program begins at
7pm at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center (5600 Science Center Drive, by the intersection of E
68th Avenue and Elmore Road). For more information, please call 267-1241.
October 21
PAT POURCHOT will present GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR NEXT BIRDING TRIP at
7pm at the BP Energy Center. The program will help you prepare for your next big Birding Trip. Pat has
served with the Alaska office of the National Audubon Society, as Commissioner of the Alaska Dept. of
Natural Resources, and is currently the Interior Department‟s representative in Alaska. More importantly,
Pat is an incredible birder who can chase with the best of „em. In his program, Pat will share tips on how
to research and prepare for a birding trip into unknown territories in order to best enhance the journey.
Secrets will be shared, fabulous prizes will be awarded, and cookies will be served.

**October 21
Public informational meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Central Middle School concerning
the PROPOSED KASILOF RIVER SPECIAL USE AREA. This proposed designation would directly
affect approximately 2,665 acres of state owned and managed lands on the lower Kasilof River and is in
response overwhelming public and agency concerns regarding the impacts from the intense use patterns
on state land during the personal use fisheries surrounding the mouth of the river. Click on
http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/kasilof/ to view the draft. For more information or to submit comments, contact
Adam Smith at 907-269-8557 to Raymond Keough at 907-269-8566.

October 21 & 22
CITIZENS’ ADVISORY COMMISSION ON FEDERAL AREAS (CACFA) will meet from 1 to
5pm on October 21 and from 8am to 5pm on October 22 in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office,
716 W. 4th Ave. Proposed Agenda Items Include: National Park Service – Nabesna ORV Management
Plan/DEIS; U.S. Bureau of Land Management – Benefits Based Management Process; Department of the
Interior - Federal Subsistence Management Program Review Update; The meeting is open to the public.
Periods of public comment are scheduled for 3:30pm on October 21 and at 11am. and 3pm on October 22.
Any person may present oral or written comments to the Commission on any agenda item or other issue
related to federal public lands in Alaska. No advance notice is required. For additional information
contact: Stan Leaphart, Executive Director, at (907) 374-3737, FAX (907) 451-2751 or email:
stan.leaphart@alaska.gov.

**October 25
The ANCHORAGE FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will have an election meeting at
6:30pm in the Clark Middle School Multi-purpose Room, 150 S Bragaw Street, for one seat that term
expires December 2011 to fill a vacancy. They will also finalize proposals to the Board of Game for
Southcentral Alaska. For more information contact Steve Flory at 727-3762.

**October 27
AMATS will hold a COMMUNITY ISSUES & OPPORTUNITIES WORKSHOP with an open
house from Noon to 4pm and a Workshop from 6 to 8pm in the Training Room of the Planning and
Development Center, 4700 Elmore Road. For more information, go to
www.muni.org/departments/traffic/amats/pages/OSHP.aspx or contact Van Le, Associate Transportation
Planner, at 907-343-7993 or 343-7991 or email amatsinfo@muni.org.

**October 30
OWL-O-WEEN 2010 will be held fro 4 to 6 at the Alaska Heritage Museum, 301 W. Northern Lights
Blvd. Join Bird Treatment & Learning Center and the Alaska Heritage Museum for a fun evening of owls
& safe Halloween fun! This is a free event, but donations will be accepted! Kids & Costumes encouraged!
For more information, contact Cindy Palmatier, Director of Avian Care, at 562-4813 or email
rehab@birdtlc.net.

**November 4
AMATS will hold a COMMUNITY ISSUES & OPPORTUNITIES WORKSHOP at 8pm in the
Training Room of the Planning and Development Center, 4700 Elmore Road. For more information, go to
www.muni.org/departments/traffic/amats/pages/OSHP.aspx or contact Van Le, Associate Transportation
Planner, at 907-343-7993 or 343-7991 or email amatsinfo@muni.org.

MEETINGS & EVENTS OUT OF ANCHORAGE
October 14
SEWARD - The SEWARD FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 7pm in the City
Council chambers at City Hall. The agenda will include proposals and fish and game items of interest. For
more information contact Jim McCracken at 362-3701.

October 14
FAIRBANKS - Northern Voices presents GRASSROOTS PROTECTION OF THE ARCTIC
REFUGE from 7 to 9pm at the Noel Wien Public Library featuring Goldman Prize winning activist
SARAH JAMES and clips from THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS" SLIDE SHOW from the early
1990s. The presentation highlights grassroots activism's role in protecting the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge and how Alaskans reached out to the "Lower 48" through the traveling slide show of the "Last
Great Wilderness" and lobbying efforts. Get a free poster in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge week
Oct. 11 - 17. For more information, contact Pamela A. Miller at 452-5021 x24

**October 14
JUNEAU - SLIDESHOW and BOOK SIGNING WITH JOHN HYDE will be held from 6 to 8pm at
Hearthside Books & Toys. John Hyde will present his new book, "ROMEO: THE STORY OF AN
ALASKAN WOLF." Through his photographs, close observation and telling detail, together with the
personal stories of others who spent time with him, John Hyde has turned Romeo's story into a book that
will likely be treasured by those who love the wildlife of Alaska.

**October 14
JUNEAU - AUDUBON MONTHLY MEETING will include ELECTIONS and GROUP SLIDE
SHOW at 7pm in UAS Egan Bldg., Glacier View Room 221. All are welcome and encouraged to bring
images to share with the group. You need not be a member of Audubon to attend; anyone can participate
in the slide show, however, only members may vote in the election.

**October 15
HOMER - OCEAN BOOGIE FUNDRAISER for the ALASKA MARINE CONSERVATION
COUNCIL (AMCC) at Alice's Champagne Palace from 6 to 11pm. Jive to live music provided by Holy
Santos Gang. Bid on our great lineup of silent and live auction items. Eat delicious fish chowder and
locally-made desserts. Can you dunk some of your favorite celebrities? Tickets are $15 and can be
purchased at the Homer Bookstore, the Old Inlet Bookshop, Latitude 59, or at the door. All proceeds
benefit AMCC's work to promote healthy marine ecosystems and thriving coastal communities in Alaska.
For more information, contact Julia Beaty at (907) 277 - 5357, email julia@akmarine.org, or go to
www.akmarine.org.

October 15
HOMER - KACHEMAK HERITAGE LAND TRUST ANNUAL MEETING will be held from 7 to
9pm at the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. 7 to 7:45pm - Find out what KHLT has been doing over the
past year, meet KHLT board members and staff, and enjoy great company! At 8pm a special presentation,
MAINTAINING LANDSCAPE CONNECTIVITY ON THE RAPIDLY CHANGING KENAI
PENINSULA with Guest speaker Dr. JOHN MORTON, Supervisory Biologist at the Kenai National
Wildlife Refuge and adjunct faculty at the UAF, Dr. Morton has spent 22+ years with the US Fish &
Wildlife Service including several refuges besides the Kenai (Arctic, Yukon Delta, Blackwater,
Chincoteague & Guam), and with Ecological Services in the Chesapeake Bay Field Office and Pacific
Islands Field Office. He has been involved with climate change issues since 2007, including testifying to
GAO about impacts of climate change on Federal lands. He is involved locally in the Kenai Peninsula
Cooperative Weed Management Area, Interagency Brown Bear Study Team, and Kenai Peninsula
College Advisory Council. For more information, contact Nina Daley at nina@kachemaklandtrust.org or
907-235-5263.

October 15
HOMER - INCREDIBLE IZEMBEK TURNS 50! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the IZEMBEK
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE from 5 to 7pm at the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center. Learn
about Izembek Refuge with short presentations on the history, wildlife, and BOB “SEA OTTER”
JONES, a charismatic key figure in establishing the Refuge. There will be an “Incredible Izembek” Photo
Exhibit with Artists Reception & Presentations, View beautiful photographs & meet photographers TOM
COLLOPY & MARY FRISCHE. Enjoy canapés and celebrate with us! Find all event details at
http://www.alaskarefugefriends.org/calendar.php.

**October 18 & 19
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Community Forestry Program
announces two classes that will focus on PRUNING AND PLANTING TREES.
         October 18 - HOMER - from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Homer High School
         October 19 - KENAI - from 5:30 to 7:30 at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association
These classes will cover how trees function as complex systems and how to use this information when
selecting, siting, planting, pruning, and maintaining landscape trees. This workshop includes a classroom
presentation and a demonstration in the field on pruning trees. The classes are intended for nursery
growers, landscape designers, arborists, contractors, garden retailers, public and private land managers
and government agencies. The classes are free, but please register in advance by calling or sending an
email with your name, organization and contact information to Stephen Nickel at
stephen.nickel@alaska.gov. More information about the workshop can be found online at
http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/news.htm or by calling 269-8466.

October 19
CORDOVA - SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA SUBSISTENCE REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
will meet from 8:30am to 5pm in the Masonic Hall. Agenda available at
http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/pdf/meetingbooks/scfall10/agenda.pdf. For more information, contact Donald Mike at
(907) 786-3629 or email donald_mike@fws.gov.

October 19
TOK - The UPPER TANANA/40MILE FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold a
public meeting a location to be announced at 7pm. Agenda items will include the following items:
Discussion of 40 Mile Caribou Hunt. Other Topics to be announced later. For further information contact
Nissa Pilcher at 907.459.7263, Fax 907.459.7258, or email nissa.pilcher@alaska.gov.

**October 19
FAIRBANKS - Community Energy Lecture Series presents PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR
WINTER from 6 to 7:30pm at the Blue Loon (2999 Parks Highway). For more information, go to
http://www.uaf.edu/acep.

**October 20
CRAIG - The CRAIG FISH AND GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 7pm in the City
Council Chambers. The Committee will be discussing upcoming Board of Game issues and proposals
which are to be dealt with at the January Board of Game Meeting in Ketchikan, November 5 - 9. If you
are interested in any of the issues on the table you are highly encouraged to attend this meeting. As
always, this meeting is open to the public. For more information you can contact Shannon Stone, ADF&G
Regional Coordinator, at 907-465.6097 or Ellen Hannen, Craig AC Chair at 907-826.3489.

October 20
PALMER - The MATANUSKA VALLEY FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at
the MTA building at 7pm. Agenda to be determined. For more information contact Stephen Darilek at
376-9797.

October 20
DELTA JUNCTION - The DELTA JUNCTION FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will
hold a public meeting at 6:30pm in the Delta Junction City Hall. Agenda items to be announced. For more
information, contact Nissa Pilcher at 907.459.7263, Fax 907.459.7258 or email nissa.pilcher@alaska.gov.

October 20
FAIRBANKS - Public meeting will be held from 4 to 7pm at the morris Thompson cultural & Visitor
Center to take comments on the GATES OF THE ARCTIC NP MANAGEMENT OPTIONS that
presents four preliminary alternative concepts for managing Gates of the Arctic National Park and
Preserve which have been prepared as part of a general management plan amendment process. A
newsletter presents the four concepts for managing the 8.4 million acre park and preserve for the next 15
to 20 years, including the "no action alternative" (a continuation of current management) and three action
alternatives. The newsletter also provides an update on the wilderness study process associated with this
GMP amendment. Today, approximately 7 million acres of Gates of the Arctic is designated wilderness.
The study will examine the eligible wilderness (almost 1 million acres) in the preserves for possible
recommendation for wilderness designation. Public comment is invited on the preliminary alternative
concepts as well as the five management zones that are applied across the park under the three action
alternatives. The zones encompass a range of desired resource and visitor use conditions, recreational
improvements and administrative infrastructure. For more information on the management options, go to
http://www.nps.gov/gaar/parkmgmt/general-management-plan-amendment.htm

**October 20
FAIRBANKS - The FAIRBANKS METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
(FMATS) will hold a Policy Committee Meeting at 10am in the main Conference Room of DOT & PF,
2301 Peger Road. Main Agenda Items Include: • PM2.5 Transportation Conformity Determination; •
UAF Roundabout and Tanana Drive Extension (Chancellor Rogers); • FMATS Area Signal Upgrades
PH4 Increase; • LED Streetlight Conversion PH4 Increase; • SB 230 Funding; and • FFY12 Governor‟s
Request for Funding. For more information, contact: Donna Gardina, FMATS, MPO Coordinator, at
(907) 459-6786, Fax (907) 459-6783, djgardino@ci.fairbanks.ak.us.

October 21 & 22
JUNEAU - The CRUISE SHIP WASTEWATER SCIENCE ADVISORY PANEL will beet from 8am
to 5pm each day in the Hickel Room of the Centennial Hall Convention Center. The public is invited to
attend. The draft agenda is available at
http://www.dec.state.ak.us/water/cruise_ships/SciencePanel/index.htm. For more information, contact
Krista Webb at 906-842-5398 or email k.webb@oasisenviro.com.

October 22
SOLDOTNA - The KENAI/SOLDOTNA FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 6
pm at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on K-Beach Road. Agenda will include a summary of this past
summer‟s fisheries from biologists JEFF FOX and ROBERT BEGICH. Robert may also have some pike
information. A discussion of future meeting dates and times will also be on the agenda. For more
information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919 or 260-9210.

**October 22
KODIAK - COMMUNITY PRESENTATION ON OCEAN ACIDIFICATION will be presented by
Dr. BOB FOY from Noon to 1pmFriday, October 22. Noon - 1pm at the Near Island Fisheries Research
Center at the AMCC (AK Marine Conservation Council Board of Directors Meeting. Meetings are open
to the public. For more information, contact Theresa Peterson at (907) 486-2991 or
Theresa@akmarine.org.

October 22
HOMER - Celebrate the 30TH KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ANNIVERSARY and the
IZEMBEK and ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES 50th at the Islands and Oceans Visitor
Center. This year is a special milestone for several of Alaska‟s fabulous National Wildlife Refuges.! (Not
to mention the 100TH ANNIVERSARIES OF THE ALASKA MARITIME AND YUKON-DELTA
REFUGES LAST YEAR.) Izembek is a far-off destination for most of us, but you can view a
photography exhibit and slideshow presentation of “Incredible Izembek”. For more information, go to
http://www.alaskarefugefriends.org/calendar.php.

October 23
WASILLA - The KNIK ARM BRIDGE and TOLL AUTHORITY (KABATA) Board will meet at
1:30pm in the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Complex Center. The meeting is open and the public is
invited to attend. For more information, contact the KABATA office at (907) 269-6698.

**October 23
KODIAK - OCEAN BOOGIE FUNDRAISER for the ALASKA MARINE CONSERVATION
COUNCIL (AMCC) at Tony's bar from 7 to10pm. The Boogie promises to be a great party this year
with live music by Not Dead Yet and complimentary appetizers by Joel Chenet of Mill Bay Coffee. Be
sure to cast your bid on our great lineup of items in the silent auction and eat some delicious, locally-
made desserts. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the Treasury on the Mall, at Tony‟s Bar
ahead of time, or at the door. All proceeds benefit AMCC's work to promote healthy marine ecosystems
and thriving coastal communities in Alaska. For more information, contact Julia Beaty at (907) 277 -
5357, email julia@akmarine.org, or go to www.akmarine.org.

**October 23
FAIRBANKS - INVASIVE PLANTS OF ALASKA EDUCATORS WORKSHOP will be held from
12:30 to 4:30pm at University Park Building, Room 108 (1000 University Ave.). Participate in an
invasive plant curriculum workshop FREE for all teachers and agency educators.

**October 25
NINILCHIK - The CENTRAL PENINSULA FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet
at 7 pm at the Ninilchik School in order to finalize proposals for the Board of Game Southcentral region
deadline, and prepare comments for the Lower Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries proposals. For more
information, contact David Martin at 252-2752.

**October 26
KETCHIKAN- Open house will be held from 6 to 8pm at the KMRD Office, 3031 Tongass Ave. on the
FOREST SERVICE BEGINS ANALYSIS FOR OUTFITTER and GUIDE MANAGEMENT
PLANNING. This plan will allow the Forest Service to provide extensive access to favored recreation
areas across the district while protecting valuable resources from significant impacts. The plan focuses on
outfitter and guide use; it will not limit use by unguided visitors in the area. The Proposed Action for this
project would allow outfitter and guide special use permits for about 54,000 visitor days annually. This
represents an overall increase in current visitor day use, though some areas may see decreases in use in
order to protect sensitive areas. The Plan will cover all 3.2 million acres of the district, including the
Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness. The information gathered will inform the environmental
analysis and help the district develop alternatives to the Proposed Action. For further questions or to
submit comments, contact Sue Jennings, Team Leader, at (907) 772-5864, fax (907) 225-8738,or email
comments-alaska-tongass-ketchikan-mistyfiord@fs.fed.us. (Type “O/G” in the subject line). More
information on the proposal and site-specific maps of each Recreation Use Area is available online at
http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/districts/ketchikan/recreationplanning.shtml.

**October 26
SOLDOTNA - The KENAI/SOLDOTNA FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at
6pm at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building on K-Beach Road to complete proposals for the Board of
Game for its October 29th deadline, if necessary and begin preparing comments for the Board of Fisheries
Lower Cook Inlet proposals. For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

**October 26
PAXTON -The PAXSON FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold elections at 6pm at
the Paxson Lodge and discuss Nelchina caribou, access issues, and finalize proposals for October 29th
BOG deadline and any other business that may properly come before the committee. For more
information contact John Schandelmeier at 388-6039.

** October 26
Public meeting will be held from 4 to 8pm at the Campbell Creek Science Center to take comments on the
GATES OF THE ARCTIC NP MANAGEMENT OPTIONS that presents four preliminary alternative
concepts for managing Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve which have been prepared as part
of a general management plan amendment process. A newsletter presents the four concepts for managing
the 8.4 million acre park and preserve for the next 15 to 20 years, including the "no action alternative" (a
continuation of current management) and three action alternatives. The newsletter also provides an update
on the wilderness study process associated with this GMP amendment. Today, approximately 7 million
acres of Gates of the Arctic is designated wilderness. The study will examine the eligible wilderness
(almost 1 million acres) in the preserves for possible recommendation for wilderness designation. Public
comment is invited on the preliminary alternative concepts as well as the five management zones that are
applied across the park under the three action alternatives. The zones encompass a range of desired
resource and visitor use conditions, recreational improvements and administrative infrastructure. For
more information on the management options, go to http://www.nps.gov/gaar/parkmgmt/general-
management-plan-amendment.htm.

**October 26 & 27
JUNEAU - WATER & WASTEWATER WORKS ADVISORY BOARD will meet beginning at
10:30 on Oct 26 and 10:30 on Oct. 27 in the main conference room, Ted Stevens Marine Research
Institute. Public comment will be heard on non-agenda items form 9 to 9:30 on Oct. 27. Agenda will be
available at www.dec.alaska.gov/water/opcert/wwwab.htm.

**October 27
KASILOF - Public informational meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Tustumena
Elementary School concerning the PROPOSED KASILOF RIVER SPECIAL USE AREA. This
proposed designation would directly affect approximately 2,665 acres of state owned and managed lands
on the lower Kasilof River and is in response overwhelming public and agency concerns regarding the
impacts from the intense use patterns on state land during the personal use fisheries surrounding the
mouth of the river. Click on http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/kasilof/ to view the draft. For more information or
to submit comments, contact Adam Smith at (907) 269-8557 or Raymond Keough at (907) 269-8566.

**October 27
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold an OPEN HOUSE FOR
EDUCATORS AND VOLUNTEERS from 4 to 6pm at their office, 1300 College Road, use the flagpole
entrance (Cramers Field). Learn about Fish and Game‟s educational resources, curricula, classroom
presentations and teacher courses. Don‟t miss out on the FREE items being given away – posters, AK
Bird Song CD‟s (first 10 to show up) and more. Find out about AK specific Wildlife Curriculum,
*Aquatic Education Materials, *Skull Kits, *Fur Kits, *Track Kits, *Hunter Education Program,
*National Archery in the Schools, *Videos, and *Much More. Whether you are a school teacher, camp
counselor, home school instructor, or agency educator you should come by and check out what we have
to offer. For more information, contact Mike Taras at 459-7230 or email mike.taras@alaska.gov.

**October 28
HOMER - 2010 CENTER FOR ALASKAN COASTAL STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING will be
held on their Headquarters building, 708 Smokey Bay Way The evening will begin at 6pm with a
community potluck and an awesome presentation by DANIEL ZATZ of ZatzWorks
http://zatzworks.com/. Our staff will share highlights of our 2010 Programs and Volunteer recognition
awards, including our Volunteer of the Year and Business Partner of the Year. For more information
www.akcoastalstudies.org or call 907 235-6667 or email info@akcoastalstudies.org.

**October 28
GLENNALLEN - The COPPER BASIN FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold an
election meeting at 6pm in the Auditorium at the Glennallen High School. Also on the agenda will be
preparation of proposals pertaining to all hunting and trapping regulations for GMU 11 and 13, and the
Nabesna Trails draft EIS will also be discussed. For additional information, contact Chuck McMahan at
822-3553.

**October 30
Open House will be held at the ANCHORAGE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE NEW
OFFICE, at 1675 C St.(corner of 16th and C street). Extension Director Fred Schlutt said the leased
space will have a larger classroom and videoconferencing capabilities for distance-delivery programs.
The new location will also provide easier access to clients and better parking. Office phone numbers are
expected to remain the same. Extension works with a university network to distribute practical knowledge
to Alaskans on everything from food preservation and gardening to renewable energy programs. For more
information, contact Dora Wainwright, Administrative Assistant, (907) 786-6300, FAX: (907) 786-6312,
dewainwright@alaska.edu or go to http://www.uaf.edu/ces/anchorage.

**OCTOBER 30
BETHEL - The 2ND YUKON-KUSKOKWIM REGIONAL ALTERNATIVE ENERGY and
ENERGY CONSERVATION FAIR, sponsored by the City of Bethel Energy Committee, UAF
Kuskokwim Campus and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, will be held at the Yup'iit
Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel from 10am to 4pm. Learn about local options and resources to assist
with energy conservation and investment in alternative energy. The Fair will provide accessible
information to homeowners, renters and business alike. Vendors and organizations both locally and from
around the state will be present to share about their programs and resources. There will be vendor booths
and presentations. Admission is free. For more information please email Leah Walsh at
lkwalsh@alaska.edu.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
**ALASKA YOUTH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION has volunteer internships are open in the
following areas: SOCIAL MEDIA MASTER, GRAPHIC DESIGNER, MEDIA GURU, WEBSITE
MASTER, FUNDRAISER, and ARTIST in RESIDENCE. Hours are flexible, people outside
Anchorage are welcome to apply too. For more information, go to www.ayea.org/internships. To apply
fill out the online application at http://bit.ly/dfehgm. For more information, contact Megan McBride at
mcbridem@ayea.org or go to www.ayea.org.

**Volunteer Position with AK MARINE CONSERVATION COUNCIL (AMCC) - ASSISTANT
FILM FEST COORDINATOR. . AMCC is hosting the WILD AND SCENIC ENVIRONMENTAL
FILM FESTIVAL in Anchorage this December. This is a high-profile event which is part of a national
festival that tours across the United States and has big-name sponsors such as Patagonia, Cliff Bar, Tom‟s
of Maine, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. In order to make this event a success, we are seeking
one or more energetic volunteers to help with development, coordination, publication, and night-of duties
associated with the film fest. The Film Fest Assistant Coordinator will work closely with AMCC's
Program Assistant on many aspects of the event. We will gladly accept student applicants who would like
to receive academic credit or use this position as an internship. For more information go to
http://www.akmarine.org/get-involved/assistant-film-fest-coordinator contact Julia Beaty at (907) 277 -
5357 or julia@akmarine.org.

MARINE INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM education staff has completed a NEW MARINE
INVASIVE SPECIES CURRICULUM ready for the 2010/2011 school year. The curriculum will be
offered via either distance delivery or outreach programs. For more information, contact Rebekka
Federer, Marine Invasive Species Program Coordinator, at (907)224-6377 (office), (907)224-6320 (fax)
or email rebekka_federer@alaskasealife.org.

WIND-DIESEL SYSTEMS IN ALASKA: A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS is now available from the
Institute of Social & Economic Research. This is the first multi-system engineering and economic
analysis. It‟s a preliminary analysis, because most of these systems are very new. What did the analysis
find? • The cost of wind energy from existing systems, based on construction costs, ranges from about 7
cents to 53 cents per kilowatt-hour, with the average cost from recently built systems about 14 cents per
kilowatt-hour. Energy from newer, larger, or more efficient systems is typically least expensive. • The
average cost of wind energy from recently built systems is comparable, on an energy-equivalent basis, to
energy from diesel priced at about $1.90 a gallon. Diesel prices reported by many rural utilities in 2009
were in the range of $4 to $5 a gallon. • Existing systems generate an annual average of anywhere from
5% to 55% of local electricity, but most generate less than 25%. That percentage is expected to increase,
when recently built systems have more operating experience and as new systems come online. • The best-
performing wind systems are those with the strongest wind resources, reliable turbines, experienced
developers and utilities, and skilled local operators. Summary is available at
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/researchsumm/wind-diesel_summary.pdf. Full report: Alaska
Isolated Wind-Diesel Systems: Performance and Economic Analysis, by Ginny Fay, Katherine Keith, and
Tobias Schwörer is available at
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/wind_diesel10022010.pdf. For more information, contact
Ginny Fay at 907-786-5402 or ginnyfay@uaa.alaska.edu.

OCTOBER is ALASKA ENERGY AWARENESS MONTH. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Working Group (EECWG) invites you to join us as we work to increase energy efficiency 15% per capita
by 2020, a target set earlier this year by passage of House Bill 306. Our efforts to meet this goal include a
comprehensive website on energy efficiency and conservation, www.akenergyefficiency.org to better
connect Alaskans with information and resources to maximize energy cost savings.

The ALASKA OCEAN OBSERVING SYSTEM (AOOS) has released its new TRANSITION DATA
PORTAL which can be found through the AOOS homepage at www.aoos.org. Current applications
include: (1) Real-time statewide sensors and web cams, (2) Arctic Research Assets Map, (3) Models and
remote sensing, (4) North Pacific Seabirds, and (5) PWS-specific webcam page. Please explore these new
data applications and provide feedback to help guide future system development. For questions, email
Darcy Dugan at dugan@aoos.org, 907-644-6718 or Fax 907-644-6780.

NEW MARINE INVASIVE SPECIES CURRICULUM presented by the Alaska SeaLife Center via
Outreach and Distance Learning is available. UNWELCOME GUESTS: ALIENS & INVADERS is
offered for the 2010/2011 school year thanks to generous funding and support from Prince William Sound
Regional Citizens Advisory Council. This program is an interactive course that discusses what it means to
be a native, alien, or invasive species in the marine ecosystem, and encourages students to discuss impacts
of marine invasive species on local ecosystems, to develop their own invasive species, and discuss
solutions for management. Invite us to your school for an outreach session for schools in Anchorage,
Mat-Su, and Kenai Peninsula areas. Or, if your school has interactive videoconference equipment, our
distance learning programs are a great way to visit the SeaLife Center without leaving your classroom.
Reservations should be made at least 30 days in advance. Each session includes hands-on supplies for up
to 30 students (additional materials available upon request) and a teacher‟s guide with background
information and ideas for supplemental activities. All programs are designed to align with national and
Alaskan academic content standards. For program costs, scheduling, and registration information, and to
see a list of all of our K-12 programs this school year, please visit us at our website:
http://www.alaskasealife.org/New/education/index.php?page=firstpage.php or email
outreach@alaskasealife.org.

A new report now available that EXAMINES HOW RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE COULD AFFECT
ALASKA’S WILDLIFE and ECOSYSTEMS. It offers policymakers and the public a practical way to
approach the question of climate change effects on Alaska ecosystems. Researchers prepared models that
matched regional ecosystem‟s seasonal temperature and precipitation with ranges of animal species. They
then projected potential shifts within each ecosystem as the climate changes. Results suggest that by
2100, climate conditions in 60 percent of Alaska may have shifted to resemble those associated with a
different regional ecosystem. The climate in almost all of western and northwestern coastal Alaska is
projected to differ from current conditions. The project also examined potential effects on four species:
barren-ground caribou, Alaska marmots, trumpeter swans and reed canary grass. For more information,
contact Bruce Woods, USFWS Alaska chief of media relations, at 907-786-3695 or
bruce_woods@fws.gov. Nancy Fresco, Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning, at 907-474-2405 or
nlfresco@alaska.edu. John Morton or Karen A. Murphy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, at
John_M_Morton@fws.gov or 907-262-7021, Karen_A_Murphy@fws.gov or 907-786-3501.
http://www.snap.uaf.edu/downloads/connecting-alaska-landscapes-future.

VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES

INTERNSHIPS

POSITIONS AVAILABLE
**FIELD COORDINATORS, MEMBER DEVELOPMENT COORDINATORS, REGIONAL
MANAGER, AND FACILITY COORDINATOR at SAGA, Juneau and Indian. SAGA is now
recruiting for our Service Corps staff positions, seeking Field Coordinators, Member Development
Coordinators, a Regional Manager (Southeast Region), and a Facility Coordinator at our Eagle Valley
Center. These positions will begin this winter (December for Facility Coordinator, January for Regional
Manager, and February for Field Coordinators and Member Development Coordinators) and will work
with SAGA‟s Service Corps AmeriCorps program. Positions are available both in the Juneau facility as
well as the Indian facility. Join in making the difference in a young AmeriCorps members life as well as
helping out the environment with our exciting programs. For more information about these positions or
for application instructions please visit our website at www.servealaska.org or contact Jenelle Jenniges at
907-790-6412 or at recruiter@servealaska.org.

**PROGRAM ASSOCIATE for the RASMUSON FOUNDATION. The Program Associate provides
programmatic support and actively participates in the grant making processes, acting as a liaison between
program staff, other Foundation staff, applicants, grantees and other external audiences. She/he has
regular contact with applicants, grantees and the broader community, and must work with these
individuals with consideration, respect, and caring. Responsibilities: Review applications and proposals,
and monitor current grantees. Coordinate the grant-making process, including reviewing proposals,
preparing and tracking correspondence, proposals, grant documents, contracts and payments;
 Communicate with and provide technical and strategic assistance to grantseekers, as needed: Inform
applicants, grantees and other external audiences of grant-making processes and procedures. Provide
detailed information on proposal and grant requirements; and Field and conduct follow-up on inquires
related to the administration of funded programs. Professional qualifications and desired skills:
Bachelor‟s degree required; Excellent time management and organizational skills, and the ability to work
independently; Proficiency in social media, Microsoft Office (particularly Excel, Outlook and Word), and
the Internet; Knowledge of MicroEdge GIFTS a plus; and Three to five years support experience,
preferably in grant making, nonprofit or related institution. For more information, go to
http://www.rasmuson.org/index.php.

PART TIME OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR for the TAIYA INLET WATERSHED COUNCIL
(TIWC) in Skagway with potential for full time. This position is responsible for managing TIWC daily
operations, fundraising for TIWC projects and events, project development within the borough, regional
watershed advocacy through the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, collaborative partnerships within
the municipality and pertinent stakeholders, financial reporting, overseeing operating budget, grant
development, funding conversations with state and federal grant partners, media and public
communications, strategic planning and other duties appointed by the Board of Director‟s. Compensation,
Hourly wage ranges from $12/per hour to $17/per hour based on experience. Benefits include a flexible
work schedule. To apply submit a resume, 3 references and a writing sample to Taiya Inlet Watershed
Council, P.O. Box 826, Skagway, Alaska, 99840. We encourage you to contact us with questions and to
discuss the position, call (907) 983-2426 or email us at: taiyawatershed@gmail.com. Position Is Open
until Filled

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR for the ALASKA CONSERVATION ALLIANCE (ALLIANCE)
and ALASKA CONSERVATION VOTERS (VOTERS) Duties and Responsibilities Develop and
implement a coordinated fundraising plan and provide recommendations for future fundraising strategies
including donor development and stewardship, tracking and cultivation, in-person, phone, Web and e-
mail solicitations, direct mail, gift processing and acknowledgments; Upgrade current donors and to
identify, cultivate, and solicit new major donor prospects; Maintain and grow foundation grant income:
conduct research, write draft proposals, prepare grant support documents and reports; track grant and
reporting deadlines; Develop, implement, and coordinate fundraising events and work with outreach staff
on other organizational events. Qualifications: Diversified fundraising experience, including in person,
phone and written solicitation skills; Event planning and coordination skills; Strong communication skills
and the ability to work, communicate and cooperate in a team; Commitment to Alaska and conservation
and background on conservation issues; and Good sense of humor. Compensation: Commensurate with
experience. This is a full time, exempt position; residency in or around Anchorage is preferred. Some
travel maybe necessary. For more information, go to www.akvoice.org or www.acvoters.org. Position
open until filled. To apply, send cover letter, resume, three references to:
Caitlin Higgins, Executive Director, at caitlin@akvoice.org.

DEVELOPMENT/COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR for ALASKA COMMUNITY
ACTION ON TOXICS (ACAT) with fundraising experience, a collaborative style, and a passion for
working to assure that everybody has the right to clean air, clean water, and toxic free food.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND JUSTICE ORGANIZER for ALASKA COMMUNITY
ACTION ON TOXICS (ACAT) who has a passion for grassroots advocacy. These are full-time
positions with competitive pay and benefits based in the office in Anchorage. ACAT is an equal
opportunity employee, provides a flexible and supportive workplace, and offers ample personal and
professional development opportunities. Check out our job descriptions to find out how to apply at
www.akaction.org.

SERVICE CORPS REGIONAL MANAGER – SOUTHEAST REGION for SAGA in Juneau. The
Alaska Service Corps (ASC) and Serve Alaska Youth Corps (SAYC) are designed to provide young
adults and disconnected youth with the opportunity to work and live in an outdoor setting with a crew of 7
other people of diverse backgrounds, while performing service projects on Alaska‟s public lands. The
Regional Manager-Southeast (RM-SE) is responsible for supervising the Member Development
Coordinator and the Field Coordinators, who aid the RM-SE in the supervision of 4-7 crews. Each crew
works on independent service projects throughout Southeast Alaska. The RM-SE is responsible for the
daily operation and completion of these projects, ensuring that service is completed on time and according
to project specifications; this requires implementing ongoing training sessions for the Team Leaders and
Crew Members and regular communication with the crews‟ leaders and project sponsors, when the crews
are deployed. Qualifications Required: Bachelor‟s degree in Outdoor Education, Vocational/Technical
Education, or a related field, or equivalent; Wilderness First Responder certification; Experience and
familiarity living and working in the outdoors; Two years supervisory experience; Strong technical skills,
especially trail building techniques; Experience with operation and maintenance of power tools (i.e.
chainsaws, power brushers, circular saws, power-nailers, and hand tools); Valid drivers license, clean
driving record and experience operating fleet vehicles; Able to pass criminal records check; Valid U.S.
passport or resident alien permit. This is a full-time, 11 month positionscheduled to begin January 10,
2011. Salary: $2,600 - $3,200/month, DOE. Healthcare benefits, 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. Questions? Contact
the Recruiter at 907-790-6412.

HYDROLOGIST GS-1315-7/9/11/12 POSITION AVAILABLE AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE, ALASKA-PACIFIC RIVER FORECAST CENTER (APRFC). Position closes October
27. The job announcement is available at USAJOBS web site at.
http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/Search.aspx?q=NWS-AR-2010-
0063&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=Y&FedPub=Y#91066632. Any questions about the position can be
addressed to Robin Radlein, Hydrologist in Charge at 266-5151. You can also contact Scott Lindsey
(266-5157) or Larry Rundquist (266-5152).

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR for the KACHEMAK BAY BROADCASTING INC. for a full time
position that develops, coordinates and maintains KBBI membership drives and mailings, underwriting,
special events and other revenue-producing activities. Supports KDLL Kenai membership drives.
Desirable Training and Experience: 1. Excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and
organizing skills. 2. Demonstrated knowledge of non-profit sales and customer service strategies. 3.
Demonstrated fundraising and event coordination experience. 4. Demonstrated proficiency with basic
computer software, spreadsheets and databases. 5. Familiarity with membership and traffic software.
Allegiance experience a plus and 6. Familiarity with Internet and social media applications to enhance
development activities. Supervises: Development volunteers; membership and event volunteers. Salary:
$34,000 DOE. Commission on underwriting sales. Position open until filled. For more information, go to
www.kbbi.org. Send cover letter, resume and three references to dave@kbbi.org.

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR for the ALASKA CONSERVATION ALLIANCE and ALASKA
CONSERVATION VOTERS - Anchorage. This position presents qualified applicants an opportunity to
work with one of the leading environmental organizations in Alaska in a supportive, teamwork-focused,
results oriented work environment. Qualifications: Diversified fundraising experience with a focus on
phone solicitation, Event planning and coordination skills, Experience working with and managing
volunteers, Excellent time management and organizational skills, Strong communication skills and the
ability to work, communicate and cooperate as a team, Strong computer skills, A commitment to Alaska
and conservation; background on conservation issues a plus, High level of energy, enthusiasm, initiative
and entrepreneurship, and a Good sense of humor a must! Compensation: Compensation is commensurate
with experience. This is a half-time, exempt position with a strong option to grow; residency in or around
Anchorage is preferred. Primary responsibilities will fluctuate depending on the time of year. To
accommodate peak work times, the Alliance and Voters offer flexible scheduling. For more information,
please visit www.akvoice.org or www.acvoters.org. Position open until filled. To apply, send cover letter,
resume, three references to: Caitlin Higgins, Executive Director via email to caitlin@akvoice.org.

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