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Federal Subsistence Board Meets in Public and Executive Sessions

  The Federal Subsistence Board met July 18, 2012 in Anchorage in
public and executive sessions. During the public session, the Board
reviewed the draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal
Subsistence Board and the State of Alaska and agreed it was ready for
review by Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils and State Fish and Game
Advisory Committees. Following review by the Councils and State Advisory
Committees, the Federal Subsistence Board and the State of Alaska will work
to finalize the Memorandum of Understanding for signature.

      The Board heard a report on the process to develop implementation
guidelines for the Board’s Tribal consultation policy. At its May 9, 2012
meeting, the Board asked the Tribal Consultation Workgroup to develop
implementation guidelines for the Tribal consultation policy and requested
that additional members be sought from Tribes and ANCSA corporations to
increase representation prior to the group reconvening. Letters were sent
to Tribes and ANCSA corporations soliciting nominees. To date, no
nominations have been received. The deadline to submit nominations is July
27, 2012.

      Tribes and ANCSA corporations can submit workgroup nominations by:

         Mail
      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Office of Subsistence Management
      Attention: Andrea Medeiros
      1011 East Tudor Road, MS 121
      Anchorage, AK  99503

         E-mail
      subsistence@fws.gov

         Fax
      907-786-3898
      Include the name of the Tribe or ANCSA corporation, the nominee’s
name, title, and experience with the Federal Subsistence Management Program
and/or consultation.

      The Board was briefed on a timeline to conduct a review of the rural
determination process, analytical methods, and findings. The Board
envisions the review to be an open public process, which will last a
minimum of two and a half years. It will be initiated with a Public Notice
in the Federal Register.

      During the executive session, the Board reviewed applications for
Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council membership and developed its
recommendations to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on
Council appointments. This portion of the meeting was not open to the
public due to the concern for the privacy of the applicants. In addition,
the Board was briefed on the proposed budget for the Federal Subsistence
Management Program for the 2014 fiscal year.

      Additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program
can be found at http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html.

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