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Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Crafts Priorities and Recommendations for Preliminary Report

Members wrap up two days of work sessions and public testimony in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE-Today, the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (AAPC) wrapped up two days of meetings, work sessions and public testimony in Anchorage at the Dena’ina Center.  Members focused on policy recommendations and priorities for a preliminary report due to the Legislature on January 30th, 2014.  The recommendations were made in areas such as energy, infrastructure, governance, science and research, fish and wildlife, oil spill response operations, national security and marine transportation.

The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (AAPC) is made up of 26 Commissioners, including 10 Legislators and 16 experts from throughout the state. The Commission is co-chaired by Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) and Representative Bob Herron (D-Bethel).

“This group has done a great job in a short amount of time,” said Senator McGuire.  “Few things are as important for Alaska’s future as crafting a comprehensive Arctic Policy and influencing Federal Arctic policy.”

In order to gather information, data, and public input for the report, the AAPC has met five times over the past year.  The meetings took place in communities all across Alaska including Juneau, Barrow, Unalaska, Fairbanks and Anchorage.  During the meetings, commissioners prioritized strategic recommendations as well as discussing what the Legislature and the Parnell Administration can do to craft sensible policy for Alaska’s Arctic.

“I was pleased with how the Commission came together and shaped this draft report.   The report is critical in positively guiding federal Arctic policy and working toward the goal that Alaskans will have a seat at the table when decisions which will change our future are made,” said Representative Herron.  “All the legislators on the Commission look forward to talking with our colleagues this coming session about everyone gaining an ‘Arctic footing’, or understanding, and to receive their feedback forward on the continuing work on the January 30, 2015 final report.

The Commission’s Preliminary Report will be released January 30th, 2014 in Juneau.  The Commission is tasked with submitting its final report in January 2015.

For more information and documents related to the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, please click here.

For more information, please contact Jesse Logan in Senator McGuire’s office at 907-269-0250 or Rob Earl in Representative Herron’s office at 907-269-0126.

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