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Commission to Hold Second Round of Talks on Developing Strategies to Improve Alaska’s Relationship with the Federal Government


(Fairbanks, AK) – The Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas has scheduled a follow-up meeting to its Federal Overreach Summit held in Anchorage August 12 & 13, 2013.  The Commission will meet at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office on October 3, 4 & 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.   The August Summit included presentations by invited speakers detailing Alaska’s relationship with the Federal land and resource management agencies from Statehood and issues arising from implementation of statutes such as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Endangered Species Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Tongass Timber Reform Act.   In addition to identifying past and current issues and problem areas, Summit participants compiled a list of possible solutions and strategies for improving communication and collaboration between the State and Federal agencies.  Background information on the Commission and the Summit is available at http://www.standwithalaska.com/

Having identified key issues and potential solutions the Commission will continue the discussion by meeting with Federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and the US Forest Service.  To further define the issues and gain a perspective from Alaska’s Native community, the Commission has invite the Alaska Federation of Natives, all ANCSA Regional Corporations as well as representatives from the Regional Native Associations and tribal organizations to participate in the October meeting.

“The perspectives of these agencies, the ANCSA corporations and Native organizations is a critical step in developing practical and achievable recommendations that will be forwarded to the Governor, the Alaska Legislature and the Congressional delegation, “ stated the Commission’s Executive Director, Stan Leaphart.  “We are also planning regional meetings around the State to hear from the public and various users of the Federal public lands in Alaska,” he added.

This meeting is coincident with the Commission’s fall meeting.  Along with regular business there will also be opportunities each day for the public to comment on issues related to Federal land management in Alaska. Anyone unable to attend the meeting at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 716 west 4th Ave, 2nd floor, Suite 200, but wishing to provide comments, may call 463-5009 inside Juneau or 1-888-463-5009 outside of Juneau at the times designated on the Agenda. The agenda and other meeting information is posted online at: www.dnr.alaska.gov/commis/cacfa. For additional information or questions, please contact the Commission office at 907-451-2035 or 907-374-3737 or via e-mail at dnr.cacfa@alaska.gov.

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