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Secretary Seeks Two Public Members to Join the Federal Subsistence Board


09/12/2011


Secretary Seeks Two Public Members to Join the Federal Subsistence Board

On October 23, 2009, the Secretary of the Interior announced the initiation of a Departmental review of the Federal Subsistence Management Program in Alaska. The review focused on how the program is meeting the purposes and subsistence provisions of Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA), and how the program is serving rural subsistence users. From the review several administrative and regulatory changes were proposed to strengthen the program and make it more responsive to rural subsistence users.

One proposed regulatory change has recently been finalized that would expand the Federal Subsistence Board by adding two public members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with the concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture. This action will afford additional stakeholder input to the Federal Subsistence Board process. The Federal Subsistence Board was created in the early 1990s and is the decision-making body that oversees the management of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence uses on Federal public lands and waters in Alaska. It is currently composed of the Alaska directors of the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, and a Chair appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with the concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture.

Nominations and applications for the two public member positions on the Federal Subsistence Board are now being solicited and welcomed through October 31, 2011.
 
The public members of the Board are private citizens who are paid on a part-time, per-hour basis for conducting the official business of the Board. The Board typically meets 4-5 times yearly for 1-3 days. The Secretary is seeking public members who have:

•  “Personal knowledge of and direct experience with subsistence uses in rural Alaska” (from the Code of Federal Regulations: 50 CFR 100.10 {76FR56109});
•  Experience with and knowledge of the federal subsistence management program;
•  A commitment to the purposes and goals of the subsistence provisions (Title VIII) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA);
•  An ability to listen to and understand competing views;
•  An ability to make fair and objective decisions on complex biological and allocative issues.

Please submit nominations or applications via mail, fax or email to the addresses below by October 31, 2011. For questions, please call 907-271-5485 or write the Office of the Secretary in Anchorage. Background information on the federal subsistence program and the Federal Subsistence Board can be found at the Office of Subsistence Management’s website: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/index.cfml. The Secretary’s subsistence review and other agency information is available on the subsistence review website: http://www.doi.gov/whatwedo/subsistencereview/index.cfm.

via mail:

Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary
1689 C Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501  

via email:
subsistence@ios.doi.gov

via fax:
907-271-4102