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Federal Subsistence Board to Consider Proposals to Change Subsistence Hunting and Trapping Regulations

The Federal Subsistence Board will meet January 17?20 to consider more than
100 proposed changes to Federal subsistence hunting and trapping
regulations. The proposals to be considered include requests to:

      Require that prior to selling handicrafts incorporating a brown bear
      claw(s), the hide or claw(s) not attached to the hide, must be sealed
      by an authorized Alaska Department of Fish and Game representative
      and that a copy of the ADF&G sealing certificate accompany the
      handicraft when sold;

      Close the Red Sheep and Cane Creek drainages to non-Federally
      qualified subsistence users during the Aug. 10-Sept. 20 portion of
      the sheep season in the Arctic Village Sheep Management Area in Unit
      25; and

      Establish a hunt for the Chisana Caribou Herd in Unit 12.

In addition, the Board will discuss the rural/nonrural determinations that
will become effective May 2012 and procedures for the next decennial
rural/nonrural determinations review. The Board will also hear an update on
the progress that has been made on the draft Tribal and ANCSA Corporation
consultation protocols.

The meeting will be held at the Egan Civic and Convention Center, 555 W. 5
th Ave, Anchorage, starting at 8:30 a.m. on January 17. The January 20
portion of the meeting will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Gordon Watson Conference Room, 1011 E. Tudor Rd., Anchorage. Photo
identification, such as a driver’s license, must be presented at the
building reception desk.

Throughout the meeting, there will be opportunities for the public to
testify on both agenda and non-agenda items.

The Board will provide the opportunity for Tribal leaders to consult on the
proposed changes to subsistence hunting and trapping regulations on January
17, starting at 1:00 p.m.

To teleconference into this meeting, dial 800-857-1034, the passcode is
5793113.

Listen-only access to the meeting will be provided through internet live
streaming. Connection information will be posted to the Federal Subsistence
Management Program’s website: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/board.cfml. The
Board’s progress through the agenda will be noted on the internet live
stream.

For additional information regarding this meeting contact the Office of
Subsistence Management at (800) 478-1456 or (907) 786-3888 or by e-mail,
subsistence@fws.gov.  If you need special accommodations for disabilities,
please contact the Office of Subsistence Management by January 11.  Meeting
materials and additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management
Program can be found at http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html.

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