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The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Preliminary Survey

Public Comment Period on the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission’s Preliminary Report Ends May 15

Drafting a comprehensive Arctic policy is important for all of Alaska because Alaskans are the sovereign residents of America’s Arctic. In order to best serve the entire state and assist in formulating a comprehensive and sensible Arctic policy, we strongly encourage Alaskans to participate in this public process. 

The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission released its Preliminary Report on January 30. The Report has been open for Public Comment since February 1 and closes May 15, 2014. Please, submit written comments to aapcgovernance@gmail.com with the email subject: “AAPC P.R. comments – [individual or organization name].” This feedback will be considered for subsequent revisions of the final report due to the Alaska Legislature on January 30, 2015.  The 131-page Preliminary Report includes line numbers marked for ease of reference and so comments can be directed to specific lines of the report. In addition, there is a 16-page executive summary, also available at www.akarctic.com

The Preliminary Report provides a starting point as Alaska works to educate and inform our many partners about the priorities and perspectives that come with the reality of being an Arctic state. Together, we can develop and implement an Alaskan Arctic policy that will value community sustainability and thriving cultures, advance economic development and a healthy environment, ensure public safety and security, and incorporate transparency and inclusion into decision making. It is with that in mind, too, that it has been important to the Commission to have a meaningful role in shaping the National Strategy for the Arctic Region; as well as engaging with international partners at home and across the Arctic.

The AAPC also welcomes you to take a 10 minute survey on the content and recommendations in the preliminary report. We want to hear your vision for Alaska's Arctic. Click here to take the survey. 

The Commission meets in Anchorage May 6-7 at the Aft Deck of the Hotel Captain Cook. The meeting can be watched live at www.AKL.tv. Public testimony is welcome on Tuesday, May 6, at 11:30am. For further information see www.akarctic.com

 In addition, the Commission will host listening sessions in September and October in several communities across the state – please see www.akarctic.com for updates.

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