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Subsistence Review Progress Report




 

January 6, 2010

We are now in the process of going through the many comments we have received on the federal subsistence program. The comments are being grouped into categories of concerns and recommendations dealing with various components of the subsistence program. The next step will include an analysis of the suggested options for addressing these concerns.

A progress report will be made to the Federal Subsistence Board at its meeting in Anchorage on January 12th. (for more information see http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/deadline.cfml) A second meeting with the Chairs of the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) will be held on January 14th, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Coast International Inn in Anchorage. This meeting is open to the public but no public testimony will be taken.

December 18, 2009

We have now finished most of our travels to different regions of the state soliciting the views of groups and individuals as part of the Secretarial review of the federal subsistence management program. Recent visits were made to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta area, Fairbanks, and Ft. Yukon with meetings with subsistence users, tribal entities, sport hunting and fishing groups, and commercial fishing groups. Additionally, meetings have taken place and are scheduled in the coming week with federal government managers, local governments and the State of Alaska.

We are continuing to urge people and organizations to submit written comments by the end of December to allow their consideration in our compilation, review and analysis of comments which we will be conducting in January.

Thanks to the many people and groups who have provided us their thoughts and recommendations on this review to date.

December 8, 2009

We are continuing to conduct our outreach efforts to "stakeholders" and groups having an interest and involvement in the federal subsistence management program. During the past week meetings were held with a number of individuals and groups including the Chairs of the federal Regional Advisory Councils, the AFN Board of Directors, the Alaska Intertribal Council, the Citizens Advisory Council on Federal Areas, and Tanana Chiefs Conference. Meetings were also held on the Kenai Peninsula with local tribal groups and the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association. Meetings were also held in Kotzebue with local governmental, tribal and corporation entities. In the coming week meetings are scheduled in the Bethel area, Fairbanks and Ft. Yukon.

Although there is no firm deadline, it is strongly encouraged that comments be submitted by the end of this calendar year to permit sufficient time for their consideration in the analysis and the development of any draft recommendations to present to the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture in a timely manner.

Pat Pourchot, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for Alaska Affairs

November 24, 2009

The Secretary’s review of the federal subsistence management program is being conducted through the Secretary’s Office in Anchorage and is well underway. The review is now focused on the outreach effort with meetings being scheduled and conducted with a number of “stakeholders.” The Secretary announced his intent for “bottom’s up” process with an emphasis in hearing from subsistence users. Last week and this week meetings with tribal groups, fishing groups, hunting groups, and others were held in Anchorage and in Southeast Alaska in cooperation with the Secretary of Agriculture/US Forest Service. In the coming week presentations and meetings will held with tribal groups in conjunction with the BIA Provider’s Conference, with the Chairs of the Regional Advisory Councils, and other organizations in Anchorage and in at least one rural location.

It is hoped that the outreach effort and solicitation of comments can be largely completed by the Christmas holidays. Individuals and groups are strongly encouraged to submit their comments prior to that time.

Pat Pourchot, Special Assistant to the Secretary for Alaska Affairs