Rural Determination

Title VIII of the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) provides a subsistence priority for Alaska residents of rural communities for harvesting fish and wildlife resources on Federal public lands.

The Federal Subsistence Board initiated a review of the rural determination process on December 31, 2012 with the publication of a Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the following components of the process: population thresholds, rural characteristics, aggregation of communities, timelines and information sources. All ideas on how to improve the rural determination process that are consistent with ANILCA Title VIII and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case law associated with the definition of rural will be considered.

 In addition to soliciting written public comments, the Federal Subsistence Board is holding hearings in key locations throughout the State to provide opportunities for the public to learn more about the rural determination process and provide testimony. The Federal Subsistence Board is providing Federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporations with the opportunity to consult on the issue. During the fall 2013 meetings, the ten Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils will review the rural determination process and formulate recommendations for the Board. The Federal Subsistence Board will meet April 15–17, 2014 in Anchorage to review all the comments it received during the comment period.

The deadline to submit comments will be December 2, 2013. The link below provides more information about the Rural Determination review process and how you can submit comments.