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February 21

Deadline for application for CLEAN WATER GRANTS. Up to $495,000 is available for clean water projects through the Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) grants. The funds are granted to local communities and citizens groups for projects that monitor and restore Alaska’s targeted high priority water bodies. For more information about the ACWA grants priorities and the solicitation process, go tot: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/water/acwa/onlineACWAapp.htm. For more information, contact Tim Hoffman, Program Coordinator/Public Outreach, ADEC, at (907) 269-0598 or Fax (907) 334-2415.


February 24

Deadline for 2012 HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND GRANTS for project from certified local governments that will provide up to 60 percent matching assistance for the cost of a project. The Alaska Historical Commission encourages applications for projects in the $10,000 to $20,000 federal share range. Projects eligible for HPF assistance include those focused on historic preservation planning, inventories, surveys, National Register nominations, public education, predevelopment, development, and acquisition. Go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/grant/akclg.htm for the full application package or contact grant administrator, Jean Ayers at 269-8694.

**March 1

Deadline for applications for the FRIENDS OF ALASKA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP for an eligible COLLEGE STUDENT. The winner will be announced on May 1. Applicants must meet a number of eligibility requirements including having worked (including research) or volunteered or currently working or volunteering at one of Alaska’s 16 National Wildlife Refuges. For information on the eligibility requirements and to download a copy of the application form go http://www.alaskarefugefriends.org/. For additional information contact Michelle Michaud at michellemmichaud@gmail.com.

March 9

Deadline for Request for Proposal (RFP) for a synthesis of EXISTING SCIENTIFIC and TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE related to marine ecosystem structure and function, including humans (i.e. biological, physical, sociological, traditional, etc.) from the CHUKCHI and BEAUFORT SEAS and the BERING STRAIT NORTH of ST. LAWRENCE ISLAND, as well as an identification of research needs to help plan potential, upcoming research programs by the North Pacific Marine Research Institute, NPRB, NSF, and other organizations. For more information please see http://arctic.nprb.org/.

March 10

Deadline for applications for the 2012-2013 RESEARCHER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM applicants for two accomplished scientists to conduct research in DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE. Each Researcher-in-Residence will spend a month or more in the park, conducting self-directed fieldwork and sharing their expertise with park staff and visitors. The Researcher-in-Residence program facilitates the sharing of knowledge and resources between academic scientists and Denali resources staff, interpreters, and visitors. The program is designed to provide funding for tenure-track faculty, but may also be appropriate for state and federal agency scientists or private-sector researchers. Up to $10,000 is available per recipient for research, and an additional $8,000 may be available for the subsequent creation of educational outreach products. Fieldwork must take place in 2012, 2013, or over both years. A decision is expected to be made by March 20, or soon thereafter. Information about the Researcher-in-Residence program, including specifics on how to apply and other information helpful to the application process, is available at www.nps.gov/dena/naturescience/research.htm. For more information, please contact Murie Science and Learning Center coordinator Sierra McLane at 907-683-6436 or sierra_mclane@nps.gov.

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.


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.


DEADLINES

February 13

Comments are due on the ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA) FOR THE PROPOSED KENNECOTT NHL WATER SYSTEM. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve has proposed to develop a raw water system for the mill town portion of the Kennecott National Historic Landmark. The envisioned system would include gathering, transmission, storage and distribution components. The project would: (1) provide a fire protection utility infrastructure water main with fire hydrants; and (2) replace a non-compliant potable water system with a healthy, code compliant potable water utility infrastructure for visitors and staff. To see the document list, go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?parkID=21&projectID=40212 For more information, contact Bruce Rogers, Planner, at (907) 822-7276 or email bruce_rogers@nps.gov.

February 13

Notice of Availability of a DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR EFFECTS OF OIL AND GAS ACTIVITIES IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN. The purpose of the DEIS is to evaluate the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative approaches for authorizing the take of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas exploration activities in the Arctic Ocean pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This DEIS also evaluates the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative approaches for authorizing geological and geophysical (G&G) surveys and ancillary activities under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) in the Arctic Ocean. ADDRESSES: Comments on the DEIS may be submitted by:Email to arcticeis.comments@noaa.gov or Faxed to Fax: (301) 713–0376. For more information, go to http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/arctic.htm or contact Candace Nachman, Jolie Harrison, or Michael Payne, at (301) 427–8401 or via email arcticeis.comments@noaa.gov.


**February 15

WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS NATIONAL PARK - Deadline for comments on the 2012 COMPENDIUM FOR WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS. For a copy of the proposed compendium and other information, go to http://www.nps.gov/akso/management/proposed_compendiums.cfm.

February 17

Deadline for proposals for PRESENTATIONS AT THE NATIONAL MARINE EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION’S (NMEA) ANNUAL CONFERENCE to be held in Anchorage on June 24-28, 2012. This year’s conference, North to Alaska’s Seas: a confluence of science and culture, will be held for the first time in Alaska and will bring together formal and informal educators, scientists, students, and resource managers to share ideas about the world of water. Since 1976, NMEA conferences have built a reputation of cutting-edge ideas, presentations, information and experiences. Conference sponsors are the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) and the Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Alaska). Conference themes include Science and Art, Science and Culture (to include the integration of traditional knowledge and western science), Science and Technology, and Large Marine Ecosystem Science and Education. Go to http://www.coseealaska.net/nmeaconference2012/ for conference information and instructions on submitting a proposal. Submit proposals to Beth Trowbridg, beth@akcoastalstudies.org.


February 17

Deadline for comments on the PROPOSED CHANGES in the REGULATIONS of the ALASKA BOARD OF GAME dealing with the use and taking of game.. The subject matter areas to be addressed concern Game Management Unites (12) Upper Tanana-WhiteRiver, (19) McGrath, (20) Fairbanks-Central Tanana, (21) Middle Yukon, (24) Koyukuk, (25) Upper Yukon, (26B & 26C) Arctic Slope; and statewide reauthorization of antlerless moose hunts and brown bear tag fee exemptions. The board will also address additional topics for other Game Management Units and statewide provisions as the definition of bucket foot snare; reauthorization of antlerless moose hunts in all Units; same day airborne assistance for taking bison; taking of game by proxy; permits for hunting black bear and brown bear with the use of bait or scent lures; maintaining bait stations by guides and assistant guides; hunter education requirements; community subsistence harvest hunts, areas and conditions; and reauthorization of brown bear tag fee exemptions. In addition, discretionary trapping permit conditions and procedures including black bear trapping requirements for age, residency, salvage, sealing, evidence of sex and identity, identification and checking bear bait and snare stations; and taking bear with snares and with the use of artificial light. HUNTING AND TRAPPING METHODS & MEANS including, but not limited to: lawful methods of taking game, big game, and furbearers, including taking bear at bait stations the same day airborne; allowing the use of helicopters to access to trapping; and requirements for checking traps; taking cub bears and female bears with cubs; and purchase and sale of game. INTENSIVE / PREDATOR MANAGEMENT for all prey populations and populations having a positive finding as identified big game prey populations. In addition, predation control areas implementation plans for Units 20, 24, (9) Alaska Peninsula, (17) Bristol Bay and 19, including habitat manipulation, population and harvest objections, and related findings. Submit comments by Fax to (907) 465-6094 to the Alaska Board of Game, Boards Support Section. Board of Game will meet in Fairbanks on March 2 - 11.The proposed regulation changes are available on the Board of Game website www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=gameboard.meetinginfo.

February 17

Comments are due on the proposal to REPLACE DEEP CULVERTS between MILEPOST (MP) 174 and 176 of the PARKS HIGHWAY and at MP 27.6 of the RICHARDSON HIGHWAY. The project consists of replacing a total of five culverts at these locations because culverts have been damaged from subsidence and erosion. Failure of these culverts could interrupt travel and pose traffic safety issues. For further information or to submit comments, contact Sarah Schacher, Engineering Manager, at (907) 451-5361 or email sarah.schacher@alaska.gov or Fax (907) 451-5126.


February 18

The FEDERAL SUBSISTENCE BOARD is ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS through February 18, 2012 to FILL SEATS ON THE 10 SUBSISTENCE REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCILS. Council membership appointments are for 1- to 3-year terms. The Councils meet at least twice a year and provide critical advice to the Federal Subsistence Board on subsistence management issues. Council meetings serve as a forum for regional public involvement in Federal subsistence management. Council members must be knowledgeable about the uses of fish and wildlife resources in their region. The application form and information about the application process and the Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils is available http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/rac.cfml. The application form and additional information is also available by contacting Tom Jennings at the Office of Subsistence Management at (800) 478-1456 or (907) 786-3364.


**February 20

JUNEAU - Comments are due on the JUNEAU ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS (JAI) PROJECT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT. The SEIS will fully evaluate a new alternative of improved ferry access using existing assets and will also update information on the reasonable alternatives evaluated in the Final EIS and address changes in current conditions, laws, and regulations since the Final EIS was published. The scoping will help identify changes and new information that should be included in the SEIS. 20, 2012. For more information, visit the project Web site at www.juneauaccess.alaska.gov. Submit comments to Reuben Yost, Project Manager at reuben.yost@alaska.gov or Fax (907) 465-2016.

**February 21

CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST - Comments are due on proposal to DECOMMISSION TWO ROADS and APPROVE MULTIPLE STREAM RESTORATION PROJECT on the GLACIER AND SEWARD RANGER DISTRICTS. Road decommissioning includes 1,300 feet of a road that crosses Explorer Creek in Portage Valley and a 435 foot portion of an existing aces road to East Six-mile Creed that joins the Seward Highway at MP 62. Stream bank and riparian restoration is proposed at the road/stream interface along the decommissioned roads and removal of a 30-foot-long, 3-foot diameter culvert from the Explorer Pond dike and removal al concrete structures from Portage Creek near the Moose Flats day use area. In addition it is proposed to add large woody debris to constructed side-channels in Resurrection Creek and supplemental willow staking at past restoration sites at Lyon Creek and Williwaw Creek adjacent to the Trail of Blue Ice. These projects are intended to enhance aquatic habitat. For more information, contact Mark Chilcote at 908-754-2328. Fax comments to 907-783-2094.

**February 21

Deadline for comments on the proposal to STRIPE BIKE LANES ON ARCTIC BOULEVARD, WEST 17TH AVENUE, AND E STREET CORRIDOR between FIREWEED LANE to 10th AVENUE. The project will include bicycle route pavement marking and signs installed on existing sign posts or new sign posts, where necessary. The total length of the bike lane is approximately 1.2 miles, each side. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2013. For more information, contact Kevin Jackson, Project Manager, at 269-0641 or Mark Boydston, Environmental Impact Analyst, at 269-0542. Submit comments to Brian Elliott at 269-0539 or email brian.elliott@alaska.gov.

**February 23

Deadline for comments on the proposed application for STORMY LAKE PESTICIDE USE PERMIT APPLICATION intended to eradicate Northern Pike, an invasive fish species. Treatment is proposed to occur in late summer/fall of 2012. The proposed products include Prentox Prenfish Fish Toxicant Powder, with EPA registration number 655-691; and CFT Legumine, with EPA registration number 75338-2. The active ingredient in both products is rotenone. The presence of invasive northern pike in Stormy Lake has caused the near complete loss of wild rainbow trout and arctic char fisheries in the lake. The connectivity of Stormy Lake to the Swanson River threatens the drainage’s productive wild trout and salmon fisheries should Stormy Lake’s northern pike population disperse. The objectives of this treatment are to completely remove the northern pike population from Stormy Lake and restock the lake with native fish. This will help protect critical wild fish habitat throughout the Swanson River drainage and restore popular angling opportunities for the public. A pesticide use permit is required to apply pesticides to water. Copies of the application are available at http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/pest/publicnotice.htm. For more information, contact Karin Hendrickson at 907-376-1856, Fax 907-376-2382 or email karin.hendrikson@alaka.gov. Submit comments to Rebecca Colvin by Fax at 907-269-7600 or email Rebecca.covin@alaska.gov.


**February 24

KENAI - Comment are due on the proposal from BUCCANEER ALASKA LLC for the 30 SQUARE MILE 3D LAND GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY located in and around the City of Kenai and will be a vibroseis/shot hole combination. The preplot has been designed to avoid all rivers and streams. Due to the fact that a cable free recording system will be used, there will not be a need for any river/creek crossings. The receiver lines, which run in a north-south direction, are spaced out at an interval of 1155 feet. The receiver points interval is 165 feet. The source lines run in a NW-SE direction and are spaced at 1485 foot intervals. The source point interval is 368.95 feet. Two (2) 40,000 lb. truck mounted vibrators will be used in areas of culture. The vibrator parameters will be finalized upon completion of field tests. Heliportable drills will be used in those areas where an exiting road network is absent. The shotholes will be drilled to a depth of 25 feet and loaded with a 2.2 lb. charge. The holes will be backfilled with the cuttings generated during the drilling of the shothole. Bentonite will be used if permit requirements dictate it. The estimated total personnel count for this operation will be 80. Approximately 40 % of this program is found in an urban environment, and the remaining 60% is found in a woods environment. The application package is available at http://www.dog.dnr.alaska.gov/Permitting/Permitting.htm#permittingnotices. Submit comments to s22 dog.permitting@alaska.gov,

EVENTS & MEETINGS \ANCHORAGE - EAGLE RIVER & GIRDWOOD
February 9

AWEN’s FROST FEST will be held from 6 to 8pm at Middleway Café. Come join us to warm up from the cold! There will be fantastic live music from Back Acres, delicious appetizers, beer from Midnight Sun Brewing, and many door prizes from awesome local restaurants like Bear Tooth, and Spenard Road House. One lucky person will win a tour package from Major Marine Tours! Bring friends and family to this fun evening and support AWEN's mission to cultivate women leaders dedicated to conserving Alaska's natural heritage. Suggested $10 donation will go to developing the AWEN Mentorship Program. Bring your old paint and art supplies for focus:art and keep them out of our streams and rivers! During Frost Fest, AWEN will collect unused house paint and old art supplies as a benefit for focus: art, a nonprofit dedicated to providing art classes and studio time for adults who experience disabilities.
February 9

DARK MATTER will be discussed at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center’s Astronomy Series at 7pm. It can’t be seen and yet it’s everywhere throughout the universe. What’s more, it has enormous significance to the gravitational infrastructure of the universe. Join MICHELLE KROK from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the UAA to find out how astronomers have observed the presence of dark matter and are studying its nature. You’ll also find out about the questions astronomers continue to ask about dark matter. Hot drinks provided by Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center. Stargazing will follow if the skies are clear. Please call 267-1241 for more information.
**February 10

MARINE DEBRIS SESSION will be held at the ALASKA FORUM ON THE ENVIRONMENT from 8:30 to 11:30am at the Dena'ina Center. There will be several short presentations from groups across Alaska ranging from operational planning to chemical threats of plastics and debris created by the Japan Tsunami of 2011. Following the presentations, we'll shift into a facilitated audience-participation discussion on questions, ideas and next steps. Registration to AFE is required for the attendance, check at http://akforum.com for more information and to register, go to http://akforum.com/register.html.

February 11

SAVED BY SWEETS will be held from 5 to 8pm at the ConocoPhillip's Atrium. Come celebrate the great taste of chocolate and the amazing work done at BIRD TLC. Deserts will be served all evening while you hear how sweet the taste of freedom can be for rehabilitated and released wild birds. Meet our education birds and hear their tales. Buy chocolates to honor the valentine in your life and through your purchase, become a Valentine for an injured bird hoping to be free again. Tickets are $25 per person. Contact the bird TLC office at 562-4852 or office@birdtlc.net.
February12

TRENDS in INTENSIVE MANAGEMENT of ALASKA’S GRIZZLY BEARS, 1980-2010 is the topic for the ANCHORAGE SCIENCE PUB at TapRoot at 4pm presented by JOHN SHOEN, Alaska wildlife scientist and bear biologist with 35 years of experience working for wildlife agencies and conservation organizations in Alaska. No admission fee or RSVP, but TapRoot’s seating IS limited, so come early to get a seat and compete in a bit of science trivia while you wait. Then, listen to the featured speaker (30 minutes) and ask a question or just listen to the discussion to follow.

**February 13 (POSTPONED to MARCH 12)

Public hearing will be held before the Planning & Zoning Commission from 6:30 to 11:55 in the Assembly Chambers, Loussac Library on the PROPOSED AMENDMENTS to the PROVISIONALLY ADOPTED TITLE 21 REWRITE (PZC Case # 2011-104). The review is not intended to revisit the entirety of the rewrite, which was provisionally adopted by the Assembly in 2010 after an extensive eight-year process. It is instead focused on a specific set of proposed changes consisting of technical edits, substantive amendments and addendum to the proposed amendments. To see the proposed amendments, go to http://www.muni.org/Departments/OCPD/Planning/Projects/t21/Pages/Title21Rewrite.aspx . Submit comments at Title21@muni.org, Fax to 907-343-7927 or through Planning Div. website at http://munimaps.muni.org/planning/home3.htm (insert case number 2011-104). The Community Development Department's Planning Division's recommendation will be available after 1pm on the Friday prior to the meeting.

February 13

NORTH by 2020: PERSPECTIVES on ALASKA'S CHANGING SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS will be presented from 5 to 7 at the UAA Campus Bookstore. Dr. AMY LAUREN LOVECRAFT, Dr. SHARMAN HALEY and Dr. ANDREW KLISKEY come together to discuss research on Alaska's changing social-ecological systems from the International Polar Year. Dr. Lovecraft (Political Science/UAF) edited the book North by 2020 which covers the scholarship of over 90 authors from different academic disciplines. Topics highlighted are the science of modeling change, indigenous contributions to sustainability, freshwater management, Arctic coastal margins, marine living systems and infrastructure, oil and gas development, the arts and planning for the future. Joining Dr. Amy L. Lovecraft at this event are Dr. Sharman Haley (ISER/UAA) whose focus is coastal and off shore oil & gas development and Dr. Andrew Kliskey (RAM/UAA) whose focus is fresh water in Alaska’s communities. All UAA Campus Bookstore events are free, open to the public, with free parking in the South Lot (just across from the bookstore.) For more information see http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/bookstore or contact Rachel at anre@uaa.alaska.edu.

**February 13 (STREAMED LIVE on the WEB)

The FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION will hold a public meeting at 7pm in the Kahtnu Room on the second level of the Dena’ina Center to gather comments on what issues should be covered in its ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW of TRANSCANADA/EXXONMOBIL’S PROPOSED NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT. The web stream will be available at www.arcticgas.gov, where it also will be available for viewing after the event. The meeting will start with a presentation by FERC on the environmental review process, followed by a description of the project by TransCanada/ExxonMobil, followed by public comment. The Alaska Pipeline Project, a partnership of TransCanada and ExxonMobil, is proposing to build a gas pipeline that would span 803 miles of Alaska – from Point Thomson to Prudhoe Bay to the Canadian border – en route to a terminus at the British Columbia-Alberta border. The proposal calls for construction to start in 2016, with pipeline startup in late 2020. The pipeline would carry 4.5 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas from North Slope fields, targeting Lower 48 markets. FERC will prepare an environmental impact statement on the project, with the public scoping sessions to help define what environmental effects the review will consider. The Anchorage meeting is the last of seven such meetings in Alaska. In advance of the scoping meetings, TransCanada/ExxonMobil filed 11 environmental reports on the pipeline corridor, called draft resource reports. Links to those reports are available at http://www.arcticgas.gov/environmental-review-documents. The reports cover issues such as fish and wildlife habitat, soils, air quality, cultural resources, safety and socioeconomic effects of the multibillion-dollar project. For more information, contact Larry Persily, Federal Coordinator for an Alaska natural gas pipeline, at 202-478-9755.




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