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March 10, 2012

Compiled Weekly by Peg Tileston

On behalf of the Alaska Women’s Environmental Network (AWEN), Alaska

Center for the Environment (ACE), and Alaska Conservation Alliance (ACA)


CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, TRAINING
March 13, 14 & 15

FAIRBANKS - PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (March 13) and the SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE (March 14 & 15) will be held at the Princess Riverside Lodge. Review the agenda and register at www.uaf.edu/ces/ah/sare/conference/. The two preconference workshops are Business Planning for Farmers, and Cultivating Mushrooms Workshop. For more information contact Taylor Maida by email at temaida@alaska.edu or call 474-2422.
March 14 – 16

6th ANNUAL WOMEN'S SUMMIT, coming up March 14-16th.  ARJ is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year with the theme of The Next 20 Years: Achieving Equality for All Alaskans.  Our special guest speakers are Montana State Senator Christine Kaufmann (http://www.ckaufmann.com/) and Jamee Greer of the Montana Human Rights Network.  Senator Kaufmann has a long history of working on equal rights initiatives and Jamee is currently working on these efforts.  In Montana they have succeeded in passing equal rights legislation in several locations.  We can learn from them. Hope you can join us!  For more information, please call 334.3055 or email staff@ajralaska.org.


March 19 - 23

JUNEAU - ALASKA YOUTH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION'S ANNUAL CIVICS & CONSERVATION SUMMIT brings 20 youth leaders to our state capital for a week of high-impact, fun-filled, and adrenaline-pumping civic engagement lessons. During this event, youth will learn the following skills: how to talk with the media, how to communicate with elected officials, how to read a bill, and how to impact decisions our leaders make about our environment and our lives. We also include sessions on the tribal resolution process, environmental justice, and defining sources of power and influence. The training ends with youth-led visits to state legislators to discuss environmental concerns and interests. This is a life-changing training that will give teens skills they can use in any arena.
March 28 - 31

DILLINGHAM - 5TH WESTERN ALASKA INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE CONFERENCE AND FORUM: RESILIENCE in a CHANGING WORLD will be held on the UAF Bristol Bay Campus. The South West Interagency-Fish Meeting (SWIM) is being held in conjunction with WAISC. Keynote speaker: RICHARD SEIFERT, Community Sustainability Coordinator and Professor Emeritus, Cooperative Extension Service. Registration: Registration – $20, March 28, Pizza Social – $20, March 29, Keynote Address and Dinner – $30. Online registration is available at https://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/ssl/register.php?id=129 . WAISC travel scholarships and discounts

Airfare discounts and travel funding are available for this conference. For more information, contact. Adam Kane, Science Educational Liaison, at 907-842-5109 or 1-800-478-5109, of email adam.kane@alaska.edu.

April 2 & 3


ANILCA SEMINAR will be held in the Hotel Captain Cook, Endeavor Room from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Anyone who wants to understand Alaska and its future must understand ANILCA - the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (1980). Cost (there's a special young professional discount!) includes comprehensive ANILCA Study Guide and CD; lunches and continental breakfasts; as well as lively discussion with expert guest speakers. Cost:$600 Includes tuition, meals, and materials. Lead: North member $400. Young Professional (under 40) scholarships available. For more information or to register, go to www.institutenorth.org or contact Karlin Itchoak at (907) 771-2443 or kitchoak@institutenorth.org.
April 17 - 19

JUNEAU - COASTAL TEMPERATE RAINFORESTS: INTEGRATING SCIENCE, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, and COMMUNITIES will be held at the Centennial Hall beginning at 8am on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday and Thursday. This event will highlight the science, resource management, and community development of the rainforests of the North Pacific! You are invited to attend and to submit proposal to present a poster. The event is a 3 day look at the history, current use, and future of coastal rainforest management, with great science, dynamic sessions, and exciting keynote speakers. For more information contact 907-796-6146, acrc@uas.alaska.edu or Scott Owen at 703-358-2636 or email: Scott_T_Owen@fws.gov. To register, go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=wrqtfgiab&oeidk=a07e55v49is184c81b1&oseq=.

April 19 & 20

ANCHORAGE -  4th ANNUAL BUSINESS OF CLEAN ENERGY IN ALASKA CONFERENCE will be held at the Dena’ina Center. Join business, civic and government leaders from across Alaska and leading industry experts from around the nation. Clean energy is a $250 billion-a-year business worldwide, and Alaska has the potential to be a world leader in this growing field. Keynote speakersJON WELLINGHOFF, Chair, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Retired Vice Admiral DENNIS V. MCGINN President, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). Help create a clean energy future for Alaska! Register by March 12 and save awww.BCEAconference.com or call 907-929.7770. Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities also available. For more information, contact Stephanie Nowers, Communications Director, 907-929-7770 or 907-229-1982 cell.

April 23 – May 5
ANCHORAGE - PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
lays the foundation for understanding and working with natural systems to design sustainable human environments that produce food, shelter, and energy.  During this two-week course, participants will engage in lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, field trips, optional evening workshops, and a group design projects.  This course puts particular emphasis on home-scale and community-scale solutions appropriate to Alaska including neighborhood and intersection repair, place-making, economic and legal issues, and alternative affordable efficient housing.  For more information or to register, go to: http://akpermaculture.wordpress.com/ or contact Saskia Esslinger at 907-563-1119 or alaskasaskia@gmail.com.

1**April 25 to May 2


ANCHORAGE- ASCA GARDEN DESIGN WORKSHOP 2012 is sponsored by the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects This workshop is an opportunity for homeowners to learn
about landscape design as well as innovative design elements and then create a design for their home, cottage or cabin. There are two lectures that will be given by local landscape architects Dwayne Adams of LDN/USKH and M. Elise Huggins of Earthscape and are 6:30-8:30pm on April 25th and May 2nd. The workshop also includes a 2-hour, one-on-one design session with a landscape architect on May 12th. Walk away with your own landscape plan! This is an annual class that raises funds for a scholarship for Alaskan students studying landscape architecture. It’s the biggest fundraising event for our Chapter, and many of Anchorage’s landscape architects participate in the Saturday session, donating their time. Cost for the classes and workshop is $225. Call 222-2859 for information, or email gardendesignworkshop@gmail.com. For more information, contact www.akasla.org
May 17 - 20

KENAI - RAFTING TRIP REGISTRATION OPEN! The KENAI BIRDING FESTIVAL is full of activities designed for birders of all levels, including young and beginning birders. In addition to local birding experts, BILL THOMPSON, III, world renowned birder, author and Bird Watcher's Digest Editor, will provide workshops and outings as well as rafting trips, films, art shows and more. This 3-day event showcases the beautiful state parks, fantastic wildlife refuge and pristine beaches that draw thousands of birds to the Kenai Peninsula each year. Free and fee activities. For more information including a detailed schedule, visit www.kenaibirdfest.com.

WEBINARS, WEBCASTS & TELECONFERENCES

1**March 10 (TELECONFERENCE AVAILABLE)

JUNEAU - The MARINE TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY BOARD (MTAB) will meet at1pm in the AKDOT&PF Commissioner’s Conference Room, 3rd Floor. Agenda includes: Long-Range Planning: A. Old Harbor Service Request, B. Whistle-stop Policy, Southwest Transportation Plan and Southeast Transportation Plan Update; and Board Action/ Approval of Legislative Priorities for FY13. Teleconference Call-in Number: 1-800-315-6338 - Conference Code 3902#. For more information, contact Lisa Shrestha at (907) 465-3902.

March 16 (TELECONFERENCE)

Public hearing will be held by teleconference on the PROPOSED WASTEWATER GENERAL PERMITS for OIL and GAS EXPLORATION in the BEAUFORT and CHUKCHI SEA from 10am to 1pm - EPA presentation and public testimony and 2 to 5pm EPA presentation and public testimony. To attend by phone only call 1-866-299-3188 ( code: 2065536524). EPA and the state are preparing the Beaufort and Chukchi General Permits at the same time, combining the statements of basis in one fact sheet, and combining public comment periods and public hearings for both permits. The Fact Sheet describes the types of facilities and proposed discharges; proposed effluent limits and other conditions; maps and descriptions of the proposed coverage areas and restricted areas; and a summary of the supporting technical materials. For more information, go to the following websites: For the Beaufort Sea, go to: Beaufort Draft Permit (PDF), Summary of permits changes (PDF), Beaufort Notice of Intent Information Sheet (PDF), Cooling Water Intake Structure Requirements (PDF), Alaska's Draft Clean Water Act Certification to EPA (PDF), Alaska Application Form 2M - Request for a Mixing Zone (PDF), and Alaska Noncompliance Notification form (PDF). For the Chukchi Sea, go to: Chukchi Draft Permit (PDF), Technical Fact Sheet (PDF), Summary of permits changes (PDF), Chukchi Notice of Intent Information Sheet (PDF), and Cooling Water Intake Structure Requirements (PDF). For more information, contact Hanh Shaw at 206-553-0171 or email shaw.hanh@epa.gov. For state information, contact Adele Fetter at adele.fetter@alaska.gov.


**March 27 (TELECONFERENCE AVAILABLE)

The EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL TRUSTEE COUNCIL will meet by teleconference from 9:30 to 11am at the EVOS office, 441 W 5th Ave, Ste 500, Anchorage. To participate call: 800.315.6338, code 8205. For more information call: 907.278.8012 or 800.478.7745 or on the web at www.evostc.state.ak.us.


GRANTS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/CONTESTS
March 15

Deadline for submissions for the 2012 ALASKA JUNIOR DUCK STAMP CONTEST from K-12 students. Participants select a species of North American waterfowl, do research on this species and its habitat, and then depict their findings through art and writing. Prizes, cash awards, and national recognition await the winners. Get to know North America’s waterfowl and enter the contest! Visit this webpage for more information http://alaska.fws.gov/jrduck.

March 15

Deadline for application for the ARCTIC AUDUBON SOCIETY’S SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM that funds conservation related projects that support our mission to protect Alaska’s ecosystems by encouraging research, education, and management that will contribute to appreciation and good stewardship of our natural heritage. Grant requests up to $2000 will be accepted. Partial funding may be offered. Proposed projects should enhance the understanding and conservation of Northern Alaska’s organisms and/or ecosystems. Projects dedicated to increasing public awareness and knowledge of conservation issues are appropriate, as are projects that develop educational tools. All applications will be reviewed and a decision announced by the end of March. High school and middle school students and teacher are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a report of outcomes and may be asked to give a short public presentation. Applicants should submit an application consisting of two pages (maximum: A one page cover letter introducing themselves, their interest in the proposal and contact information (essential) and a one-page project description that includes a budget, timeline, expected outcomes, and how the project relates to the mission of Arctic Audubon. Please submit by email to arcticaudubon@gmail.com or by mail to Arctic Audubon, PO Box 82098, Fairbanks, Alaska 99708. For more information about Arctic Audubon, go to www.arcticaudubon.org. Please direct question to arcticaudubon@gmail.com.


March 30

Deadline for nominations for the 2012 BLM RECLAMATION AND SUSTAINABLE MINERAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS. These awards recognize operations that embody the principles of sustainable mineral development or represent outstanding examples of environmental stewardship through mining reclamation. The five categories are: HARDROCK MINERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight. HARDROCK MINERAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ECONOMIC SECURITY AWARD recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to quality of life or show concern for a community’s long-term health are also eligible. HARDROCK MINERAL SMALL OPERATOR AWARD recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees. Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight. HARDROCK MINERAL DIRECTOR’S AWARD recognizes outstanding achievement in a particular area of sustainable development. The award will recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings. “FIX A SHAFT TODAY!” (FAST!) AWARD recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, which is a partnership initiative aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially open mine shafts. To complete the nomination form, go to: http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/minerals/reclamation.html, or contact John Hoppe, BLM-Alaska Geologist, at (907) 271-3218.

March 30

Deadline for submissions for the ALASKA HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL JURIED ART SHOW. "Call for Artists" features opportunities for Alaskan artists of all ages and abilities to showcase their work at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Ketchikan from April through May 2012. The mission of the Alaska Hummingbird Festival and this art show is to educate and promote awareness of the spring migratory birds of southeast Alaska. Please review the above attachment for more detail. Submit your work to Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901, C/O Hummingbird Festival. Mailed entries must include return postage payable to Alaska Geographic Associations. For more information, contact Leslie Swada at 907.617.7746. For more information, go to http://ketchikanarts.org/2010/12/alaska-hummingbird-festival-juried-art-show-call-to-artists.


March 31

Deadline for submissions for the 2012 ALASKA STATE-FISH ART CONTEST from K-12 students. Educators can download a free curriculum and learn how to use art as a springboard into the fascinating world of fish. K-12 students can draw, paint, and write their way to free prizes, fishing gear, and national recognition while getting to know Alaska’s state fish! Visit this webpage for more information go to http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/fish/contest_art.htm.

April 15

Deadline for applications for the AK Dept. of Transportation & Public FACILITIES SECTION 5311 RURAL PUBLIC TRANSIT GRANTS for SFY2013.  Purpose of the grants are to: Encourage communities to identify and address deficiencies in their rural public transportation, and intercity connections; Assist local areas in determining community benefits and support for rural public transportation, or intercity bus connections: Provide funding to preserve or enhance rural public transportation or intercity bus connections where there is a demonstrated need and measurable benefit; Support a sustainable network of services within and between communities: Establish opportunities for local jurisdictions, regional organizations, private sector agencies, state and federal governments, and tribal governments in Alaska to work collaboratively; ensure stakeholders have a voice in project development; and encourage appropriate cost sharing on projects; and Require local agencies to coordinate their services with other transportation providers in their area, as well as programs who may be able to use or purchase the services. For more information, go to: http://dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/transit/pub/SFY2013Section5311GrantInfoInstruc.doc.

DEADLINES
March 12

Federal land management agencies in Alaska, together with the Alaska Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), are undertaking a pioneering EFFORT to DEVELOP a MULTI-AGENCY LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN (LRTP) for FEDERAL LANDS in the state. This plan will facilitate the strategic identification and prioritization of transportation infrastructure and systems needed. The draft Alaska Federal Lands LRTP is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=1&projectID=39393&documentID=43975. This LRTP is being developed to help Federal land managers to make better funding decisions for transportation facilities that provide access to and within public lands in Alaska. This document will serve as a tool to collectively engage the various agencies on how they can work together to set statewide transportation priorities and leverage funds to meet transportation needs for Alaska's Federal public lands. The draft NPS Alaska Region LRTP identifies transportation issues and sets priorities for parks in the Alaska Region in a drop-down plan to the interagency umbrella plan.

March 12

Deadline for nomination for the BLM RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL (RAC) for five open positions which advises BLM Alaska on public land issues. The BLM’s RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The five positions open on the BLM Alaska Resource Advisory Council are in the following categories: One vacancy in Category One –Representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation. One vacancy in Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, and dispersed recreation activities. Three vacancies in Category Three – Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large. Nomination forms may be found at http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/res/rac.html. Nominations may be faxed to (907) 271-5421 or emailed to tjenning@blm.gov. For more information, contact Thom Jennings at 907.271.3335, Fax 907.271.5421 or email: tjenning@blm.gov.

March 12

Comments are due on the request for a permit to APPLY PESTICIDES, by the ALASKA RAILROAD CORP. in the PALMER-WASILLA AREA. The ARR want to apply herbicide to a 16 foot wide strip of the railroad right-of-way on twelve miles of track in the Palmer-Wasilla area, including the Palmer branch line and the Wasilla mainline from the Palmer branch line to the Palmer-Wasilla Highway crossing. The proposed products include Aquamaster, with EPA registration number 524-343, with active ingredient glyphosate. This product requires the use of an additive, and the Railroad proposes to use the product Agri-Dex. Aquamaster has the same active ingredient as Roundup and many other home use products, and is approved for both terrestrial and aquatic use. Treatment is proposed for summer months throughout the duration of the permit. Copies of the application are available at http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/pest/publicnotice.htm. For more information or to submit comments, contact Rebecca Colvin at 907-269-7802, Fax 907-269-7600 or email Rebecca.colvin@alaska.gov. For specific information regarding the application, contact: Karin Hendrickson at (907) 376-1856, Fax (907) 376-2382 or email Karin.Hendrickson@alaska.gov


March 13

WILLOW - Deadline for comments on the DRAFT WILLOW AREA COMPREHENSIVE PLAN -

The Willow Area Community Organization requested assistance from the Borough in drafting a comprehensive plan. A planning team was formed in October of 2007. Monthly meetings have been taking place to prepare a draft. The plan is available at



http://ww1.matsugov.us/docman/doc_view/3617-willowpublic-review-draft?tmpl=component&format=raw.

1**March 14


FAIRBANKS - Comments are due on the applications for RESERVATION of WATER in the CHATANIKA RIVER for the purpose of maintaining specified instream flow rates to protect fish and wildlife habitat, migration, and propagation. The Department of Natural Resources proposes to establish six reservations of water for the Department of Fish and Game for the Chatanika River and its associated sloughs and side channels: Reach A – begins from the confluence with Ruby Creek upstream approximately five miles to the confluence with Poker Creek; Reach B – begins from the confluence with Poker Creek and extends approximately 9.9 miles upstream; Reach C – begins from the upstream Reach B boundary and extends approximately 15.7 miles upstream; Reach D – begins from the upstream Reach C boundary and extends approximately 13.5 miles upstream; Reach E – begins from the upstream Reach D boundary and extends approximately 3.5 miles upstream to the confluence with Horse Creek; and Reach F – begins from the upstream Reach E boundary at Horse Creek and extends approximately 3.8 miles upstream to the confluence with McManus Creek. For more information or to submit comments, contact Kimberly Sager at (907) 269-2033 or email kimberly.sager@alaska.gov.

**March 16 (ADDITIIONAL INFORMATION)

Comments are due on the proposal to adopt REGULATION CHANGES DEALING with WATERS IMPORTANT for the SPAWNING, REARING, or MIGRATION of ANADROMOUS FISH, including the following: Several revisions are proposed to be made to the Atlas to the Catalog of Waters Important for the Spawning, Rearing, or Migration of Anadromous Fishes and Catalog of Waters Important for the Spawning, Rearing, or Migration of Anadromous Fishes. The list of rivers, lakes, and streams will be updated, including additions, deletions, and changes to the legal descriptions of many of these waters. Minor revisions will be made to the introduction of the Catalog and Atlas, including updates to ADF&G regional contact information. Species-specific information will be used in place of undifferentiated species information wherever possible. 1The Commissioner must review plans and specifications of any proposed work or use occurring within a specified anadromous river, lake, or stream. If the Commissioner determines that the plans and specifications provide for the proper protection of fish and game the project will be approved and a Fish Habitat Permit will be issued by the ADF&G, Division of Habitat. The Catalog and Atlas identify and list these anadromous waters and are used by the Commissioner to determine whether such a permit is required for any particular project. Several revisions are proposed to be made to the Atlas and Catalog. The list of rivers, lakes, and streams will be updated, including additions, deletions, and changes to the legal descriptions of many of these waters. Minor revisions will be made to the introduction of the Catalog and Atlas, including updates to ADF&G regional contact information. Species-specific information will be used in place of undifferentiated species information wherever possible. Proposed changes for all six regions of Alaska (Southeastern, Southcentral, Southwestern, Western, Arctic, and Interior) are available at http://awc.adfg.alaska.gov.

For more information or to submit comments, contact Paul Blanche at paul.blanche@alaska.gov.




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