A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Regional Advisory Councils (Councils) were formed, as required by Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, to provide recommendations and information to the Federal Subsistence Board, to review policies and management plans, and to provide a public forum for subsistence issues. Under Section 805 of ANILCA, the Federal Subsistence Board is required to give deference to Council recommendations on fish and wildlife proposals except for under limited circumstances. In recent years, the Board has accepted the Council recommendations over 95 percent of the time. This makes the Councils a powerful, meaningful tool for local residents to influence subsistence management on Federal public lands.
For purposes of Federal Subsistence Management, Alaska is divided into 10 geographic regions. Each region has a Subsistence Regional Advisory Council consisting of local residents who are knowledgeable about subsistence and other uses of fish and wildlife in their area. To find Council members, meeting schedules, meeting materials, meeting transcripts, and regional coordinators and teams, click on a region in the navigation bar to the right, or in the drop-down menu from “Councils” above.
The Councils meet at least twice a year, with a winter meeting cycle in February - March and a fall meeting cycle in August - October. For an overview of the next two meeting cycles select "Meeting Calendar" from the drop-down menu under "Councils" above.
For information about Council membership and applications, go to the "Membership & Application" page from the drop-down menu above.