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**February 15

ANCHORAGE GREEN DRINKS will be held from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Alaska Center for the Environment; 807 G Street, suite 100. Drinks and lite snacks will be provided by ACE (21+ only), but bring your own reusable cup. Every month in Anchorage, people who care about sustainability get together at informal gatherings known as Green Drinks. Green Drinks includes a lively mixture of people from NGOs, businesses, academia, government and the local community across political and economic spectra who enjoy the opportunity to chat and network under a broad umbrella is a fun way to catch up with people you know and a great way to make new contacts and learn about organizations and individuals interested in all things sustainable. Everyone is welcome to invite someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network. The Green Drinks committee is currently in need of sponsors for the new 2012 format. To become a sponsor or for updated information regarding events check out http://www.greendrinks.org/AK/Anchorage or follow us on Facebook@Anchorage Green Drinks or contact the Green Drinks committee via e-mail at jason_leppi@tws.org.
**February 16

ANCHORAGE AUDUBON meeting at 7pm at the BP Energy Center. Program to be announced.
**February 16

DOUGLAS REYNOLDS, UAF Professor of Oil and Economics, will give a lecture on an ALTERNATIVE PLAN FOR A GAS PIPELINE at 7pm at the Westmark Hotel in the Kenai room. Professor Reynolds also has a new book just out, Energy Civilization. For more information, contact (907) 474-6531 or Fax (907) 474-5219.

MEETINGS & EVENTS OUT OF ANCHORAGE
Now through February 25 (CORRECTION

KETCHIKAN - A FOREST of WORDS: YOUTH VOICES CELEBRATE the TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST is showing at the Tongass Historical Museum. This is an exhibit featuring forest-inspired art and words created by area school children, with works by nature artist ANDIE THRAMS and marvel at the metal sculpture cedar tree designed by Ketchikan artist RICH STAGE. For more information, go to http://www.city.ketchikan.ak.us/departments/museums/Exhibits/ForestofWordsExhibit.html
The FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION (FERC) will be holding public SCOPING MEETINGS as it prepares an environmental impact statement on the ALASKA PIPELINE PROJECT PROPOSED by the JOINT VENTURE between TRANSCANADA ALASKA COMPANY, LLC and EXXONMOBIL ALASKA MIDSTREAM GAS INVESTMENTS, LLC at the following locations:

February 6 – BARROW at 7pm in the Inupiat Heritage Center Multipurpose Room

February 7 – NUIQSUT at 7 pm Kisik Community Center,

February 8 – KAKTOVIK at 4:30pm at the Kaktovik Community Center

The format of the meetings will consist of presentations by FERC and the project sponsor, followed by opportunity for public comment. For more information about how to submit comments and background information on the project, go to www.arcticgas.gov or contact Julie McKim at 907-271-5242 or Fax 907-271-5202.


**March 9

HOMER - COMMUNICATING OCEAN SCIENCE WORKSHOP A CENTER FOR OCEAN SCIENCES EDUCATION EXCELLENCE (COSEE) WORKSHOP will be held for scientists, educators, and anyone involved in science communication from 9am to Noon at th Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. Learn strategies for communicating science to students and nonscientific audiences, gain experience with storytelling techniques, and find out collaborative strategies for designing great classroom activities and field trips. Contact Marilyn Sigman at 274-9612 or msigman@alaska.edu for more information.

February 10

KING COVE - KING COVE FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 10am at the KC Harbor House. Agenda will include an opportunity for public concerns, discussion of finfish proposals for April 10 comment deadline, and reports of catch status and season quotas for current seasons and upcoming openings. For more info contact Grant Newton at 497-2856. To see the proposals under consideration by the board’s, go to http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/. For more information, Sherry Wright at 907-267-2354 or email Sherry.Wright@alaska.gov.
February 10

PALMER - INSIDE AUROVILLE—JOURNEY & SLIDE SHOW will be shown from 7 to 8pm at Good Earth Garden School at Artemisia Acres on Farm Loop Road. Visit the legendary Auroville—the first and only internationally endorsed and ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness. Inspired by founder Sri Aurobindo in 1968, hard-working visionaries from 45 countries have coaxed the parched dryland into a green city of gardening, healing, meditation, and spirituality. This is sustainability at its best. Come drink in MICHELLE WILSON NORDHOFF’S personal experiences in Auroville with slides and stories. To register: please send an email to: information@goodearthgardenschool.com or call 907-745-0758, so we know how many are coming. We’ll send you directions, or see www.goodearthgardenschool.com. Free--Donations welcome. For photos showing Auroville land before and after founding, go to

http://www.auroville.org/environment/env_afforestation.htm.
February 13

FAIRBANKS - ECOSYSTEM REASSEMBLY on KASATOCHI: TERRESTRIAL ARTHROPODS THREE YEARS POST-ERUPTION will be presented by DEREK SIKES, Curator of Entomology, UA Museum of the North, at 7pm in the Noel Wien Library Auditorium

February 15, 16, & 17

COAL'S ASSAULT ON YOUR HEALTH will be presented by Alan Lockwood at following locations:

February 15 - FAIRBANKS - 6:30 reception, 7pm Presentation in the UAF Wood Center Ballroom

February 16 - PALMER - 6:30 reception, 7pm Presentation ay the Palmer Train Depot

February 17 - HOMER - 6:30 reception, 7pm Presentation at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center.

Dr. Lockwood is Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo and is board certified in Neurology, a member of the American Neurological Coal's Assault on Human Health Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is the author of approximately 220 publications on diverse scientific topics ranging from hepatic encephalopathy to environmental toxicants. He has been an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) for three decades, and was President of PSR National in 1994. For more information, contact Heidi Zimmer at (907) 222-7714 or email heidi@akaction.org or Jamey Duhamel at Mat Valley Coalition, at outreach@foms.net , or (907) 746-0128 .


February 13

SLANA - The TOK CUTOFF/NABESNA FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE. will hold a meeting at 5pm at the Slana League building, mile 64, Tok Cutoff. Agenda items will include results of unit 12 (along Nabesna Rd.) Moose survey presented by Tok F&G staff. New proposal to align season dates between units 11 and 12 will be presented and discussed. For more information contact Ole Bates at 822-3023

February 13

HOMER - The HOMER FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will meet at 6pm at the NERRS building to discuss proposals to submit to the BOF and/or BOG and any other business that may properly come before the committee. For more information contact Marvin Peters at 235-2468.

February 14

FAIRBANKS - RECENT EARTHQUAKES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD will be presented by Natalia Ruppert at 7pm in the Westmark Hotel Gold Room. Descriptions of destructive earthquakes and their effects have been preserved for hundreds of years in oral and written histories of peoples from around the world. Geologic records contain even longer, multi-thousand year records of the ground shaking and its effects. However, the science of studying earthquakes - seismology - is relatively young, only about 100 years old. Destructive earthquakes of the past decade not only shook cities, countries and continents, but also provided unprecedented datasets for scientist to study. This lecture will look at the occurrence and effects of the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and New Zealand, 2008 earthquake in China and 2011 earthquake in Japan. These earthquakes occurred in different socio-economic and tectonic settings. The lecture will also explore similarities and differences with tectonics and earthquakes in Alaska. Natalia Ruppert received a bachelor of science in geophysics from Novosibirsk State University in Russia before coming to Alaska to study at UAF in 1994. She earned a master of science and a doctorate in geophysics from UAF in 1996 and 2001, respectively. For more than ten years, Dr. Ruppert has been a seismologist at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, located in the Geophysical Institute. She specializes in earthquake monitoring in Alaska and active tectonics. Dr. Ruppert has authored and contributed to nearly 40 published articles and given over 70 presentations at scientific meetings. For more information, contact Stevie Seiber at mailto:stevie.seibert@gi.alaska.edursltstevie.seibert@gi.alaska.edu.
February 18

JUNEAU - ONE PEOPLE, ONE EARTH CLIMATE INITIATIVE discussion will be held from 1 to 5pm in the Egan Lecture Hall at UAS. Please join luminary climate SCIENTISTS, Alaska Native ELDERS, and FAITH leaders for an interactive conversation to inspire meaningful action on CLIMATE CHANGE through greater respect for the earth and one another. To view our 3-day agenda in Juneau, and download biographies and event flier, go to http://www.akipl.org/programs/akiplevents. Discussion will include: What steps need to be taken to inspire action in each of our communities (faith, Alaska Native, science); What can we do to help our communities in this process; and How do we help our communities collaborate?

**February 16

HOMER - 7th ANNUAL BACKCOUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL will be held at 7pm the Homer Family Theater. Get immersed in the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry experience. The Festival is sponsored by The Kachemak Nordic Sky Club and the Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition. For more information, contact Dan Del Missier at 235-7542.
February 16 & 17

JUNEAU -The ALASKA TIMBER JOBS TASK FORCE will meet in , in the Second Floor Conference Room, 410 Willoughby Avenue from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day. The nine-member Task Force was created to develop recommendations for the Governor regarding the management of forested State lands. The purpose is to further economic development and jobs for Alaskans from timber harvest. In 2011-2012, recommendations from the Task Force to the Governor may also address: management of the State's forests, future additions to existing State Forests, creation of new State Forests, changes to State statutes or regulations governing timber harvesting, State land acquisition or exchanges in the Tongass National Forest, and areas of research related to use of the Tongass National Forest and impacts on wildlife. The Task Force will report on current demand for timber in the Tongass National Forest, release quarterly reports on possible timber sales in the Tongass National Forest to meet demand, and report on current wood products and potential new products/uses of timber supplied by the Tongass National Forest. For more information, contact Chris Maisch, State Forester, at 907-451-2666 or chris.maisch@alaska.gov or go to http://forestry.alaska.gov/aktimber_jobs_taskforce.htm.

**February 17


CANTWELL - The DENALI FISH & GAME ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold an election meeting at 7 pm at the Cantwell School Library. Also on the agenda will be preparation of comments on the Interior Region proposals, and discussion of proposals to submit for the Southcentral Region. For more information contact Marty Caress at 768-1123
February 17

SEWARD - Open House will be held from 10am to 1;30pm at the Breeze Inn to review the ALASKA RAILROAD (ARRC) PROGRAM OF PROJECT (POP). The event will give the public an opportunity to learn about, and comment on, capital improvements plans along the rail line. Fact sheets, display boards and project managers will be on-hand to answer questions. The capital budget for the upcoming year totals $55.4 million, with more than $31 million allocated to track rehabilitation. Other notable projects funded include $5 million to continue the federally mandated Positive Train Control initiative, $4 million for vehicle and equipment purchases/overhauls, $3 million for bridge work, and $1.2 million for the continuing locomotive overhaul program. Smaller, but no less important, projects encompass everything from construction of a section maintenance facility at Portage, to design and construction of a sewer line for Real Estate tenants, to replacing aging copier equipment.
**February 17

JUNEAU - A STEWARDS OF CREATION BROWN BAG LUNCHEON will be held from 11:30am to 1pm at the Northern Light United Church. We are calling upon people of all faiths to attend an inspiring interfaith conversation on solidarity and stewardship, with Alaskan Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders, including: IMAM DR. ATAUR CHOWDHURY, RABBI DOV GARTENBERG, REVEREND CURTIS KARNS, and FATHER THOMAS WEISE.

**February 18

JUNEAU - ONE PEOPLE, ONE EARTH (INTERACTIVE) CLIMATE CONVERSATION will be held from 1 to 5pm at the Egan Lecture Hall on the UAS Campus. Please join Alaskan interfaith leaders, Alaska Native Elders, and climate scientists for an interactive conversation to inspire meaningful action on climate change through greater respect for the earth and one another. Panelists include: ELDER ELAINE ABRAHAM, ELDER RITA BLUMENSTEIN, Dr. TERRY CHAPIN, IMAM Dr. ATAUR CHOWDHURY, REVEREND CURTIS KARNS, LARRY MERCULIEFF, Dr. FRANZ MUETER, FATHER THOMAS WEISE, Uas Sustainability Students, and LIBBY RODERICK (Moderator)
**February 19

PALMER - QUEEN OF THE SUN--WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US? Documentary DVD, 82 minutes will be shown at Artemisia Acres, 4700 Farm Loop Road, from 7 to 9pm. This is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of the bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt stuggles of the beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers from around the world, including MICHAEL POLLAN, GUNTHER HAUK and VANDANA SHIVA. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions to renewing a culture in balance with nature. A look at what the BioDynamics experts are learning. $5 adults; $1 kids. To Register, please email information@goodearthgardenschool.com or call 745 0758 with your name and how many of you are coming. Pay at the door or through PayPal.

**February 21, 22, & 23

Public Scoping Meetings for PREPARING AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT EXPLORING the POTENTIAL OF RESTORING SEABIRDS, particularly; Pigeon Guillemots in the Naked Island group (Naked, Peak, and Storey Islands) in Prince William Sound through the removal of introduced American mink will be held in the following locations:.

**February 21 - VALDEZ from 5 to 7pm in the City Council Chambers

**February 22 - CORDOVA from 7 to 9pm in the Public Library Meeting Room

**February 23 - WHITTIER from 5 to 7pm in the City Council Chambers

The Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) is now the only marine bird species injured by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill listed as "not recovering" on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council's Injured Resources List and they have shown no sign of population recovery. Since 1989, the population of Pigeon Guillemots in Prince William Sound has declined 47 percent and there is no sign of population stabilization. The weight of available evidence indicates the primary limiting factor for guillemot reproductive success and population recovery at the Naked Island group is now predation by a recent introduction of the American mink. Also, nest predation by introduced mink has likely caused declines in other seabirds nesting at the Naked Island group. Given this steady and long-term trend, restoration action is necessary for the recovery of the Pigeon Guillemot population in Prince William Sound. The Naked Island group is historically the most important breeding location for guillemots in Prince William Sound. The Service is responsible for preparation of this Environmental Assessment. However, the Naked Island group is administered by the Forest Service. As such, this Environmental Assessment must meet all Forest Service requirements and mandates. The State also has an interest in this project in order to ensure their mandate for fish and game management is met.

**February 22

DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Public informational meeting will be held from 6 to 8pm at the Murie Science and Learning Center to accept input on PLOWING DENALI PARK ROAD BEYOND HEADQUARTERS IN WINTER. The National Park Service (NPS) intends to evaluate the impacts of plowing the Denali Park Road between park headquarters (Mile 3) and the Mountain Vista Rest Area (Mile 12) during the winter season. The NPS is interested in providing additional opportunities for winter

visitors to the park, while protecting park resources and values. Plowing the road beyond park headquarters would allow private and commercial vehicles to travel further into the park to provide mountain viewing and increased recreational opportunities. Currently the park road is closed to vehicular traffic beyond park headquarters after the first significant snowfall occurs (usually in October). During the winter one lane of the road is maintained so the road crew can manage the overflow ice that occurs between Mile 4-7. The other lane is not plowed. Both lanes are available for use by dog teams, cross country skiers, snowshoers, and other winter recreationalists. Spring road opening begins in mid-March, and the road is generally open to the public as far as the Savage River (Mile 15) by early April, and to the Teklanika River Rest Area (Mile 30) by mid to late April. The NPS invites the public to submit written comments by March 9 to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dena or Faxed to 907-683-9612. For more information about the proposal please contact Paula Homan,Project Planning Lead, at 907-683-6223 or paula_homan@nps.gov.

**February 23


FAIRBANKS - OPEN THE DOOR: STEPS FOR CONVENING CIVIC DIALOGUES IN YOUR LIBRARY will be held at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center from 9am to 12:30pm led by KARA DILLARD, BILL HALL and JUNE PINNELL-STEPHENS. All of our communities are facing divisive, if not corrosive, issues; the library offers the natural - perhaps the only - space to talk about these problems in a civil discussion. At a time when some communities are closing branches and cutting hours, convening dialogues in the library offers an opportunity to remind everyone that we're more than just shelves of books. Successful dialogues depend on a wide range of activities, from framing the complex issues covered in the discussion to unlocking the door. While those involved with outreach services and programming may want to pursue training in facilitating discussions and developing topics, all staff members, plus trustees and friends, can benefit from learning the basic steps of convening a civic dialogue. For more information, go to http://akla.org/fairbanks2012/index.php.
**February 24

FAIRBANKS - A collection of the best short FILMS ABOUT THE BEAUTY AND MYSTERY OF THE OCEANS will be show at 6pm at the Blue Loon.. Join us to reflect on the importance of the oceans’ vital ecosystems and learn new ways to protect them. $8 at the door. Sponsored by the Alaska Center for the Environment, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, and the Blue Loon Friday.
**February 24 & 25 (TELECONFERENCE AVAILABLE)

JUNEAU - CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMISSION ON FEDERAL AREAS (CACFA) will meet from 1 to 5pm on February 24 and from 8:30am to 5pm on the 25th in the House Transportation Committee Room, State Capitol Building Room 17. Proposed agenda items include: U.S. Bureau of Land Management – Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan; Alaska Federal Lands Long Range Transportation Plan; and Election of Officers. The meeting is open to the public. Periods of public comment are scheduled for 3 pm on February 24 and at 11am and 3pm on February 25. Any person may present oral or written comments to the Commission on any agenda item or other issue related to federal public lands in Alaska. No advance notice is required. Please note that any written comments received become public records and subject to inspection. Portions of the meeting may be recorded. Persons who are unable to attend the meeting in person and who wish to present comments during public comment periods may do so by phone. A teleconference will be set up for this purpose and that number will be posted along with the agenda prior to the meeting. For additional information contact: Stan Leaphart, Executive Director, at (907) 374-3737, Fax (907) 451-2751 or email stan.leaphart@alaska.gov or Commission Assistant, Karrie Improte at (907) 451-2035 or email karrie.improte@alask.gov.

ITEMS OF INTEREST
**100% POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED PAPER AVAILABLE AGAIN at the Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE). It is chlorine- and acid-free paper and works very well in copiers, printers, and fax machines. The paper is available for sale for $55 per case. Using this paper saves trees, reduces energy use, prevents toxic contamination, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Contact Valerie at louisa@akcenter.org or call (740) 975-3441 to reserve your case(s), as there is a limited amount of paper.
**VESSEL TRAFFIC STUDY for the COOK INLET RISK ASSESSMENT (CIRA) is available at http://www.cookinletreskassessment.com/index.htm. The information quantifies the vessel category and typ of oil carried. Vessels under 300 gross tons with fuel capacities less than 10,000 gallons ere not examined other than to note their potential impact on larger vessels transiting the region. For more information, contact Tim Robertson, Nuka Research at 907-234-7821 or Jerry Rombach, Cook Inlet Regional Advisory Council at 907-283-7222.

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE in ALASKA MARINE CONSERVATION COUNCIL'S DOWNTOWN OFFICE SUITE in the 4th Avenue Marketplace (corner of 4th and C Street) with a similarly minded non-profit or small business. One or two, medium sized individual offices that could accommodate one or more staff in each are available in our large suite that features a kitchen, open conference/meeting area, common area work space and more. There is an opportunity to cut down on other costs by sharing services like wireless internet, copy machine, etc. Cost for rent ranges between $600-$800 depending on number of offices desired. For more information contact Kelly Harrell, Executive Director, at kelly@akmarine.org; or call (907) 277-5357. Serious inquiries only please!
Are you INTERESTED IN WORKING on LEADERSHIP SKILLS, FOCUSING YOUR CAREER PATH, MOVING into the ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD, or INCREASING YOUR ALASKA NETWORK? Then AWEN'S MENTORSHIP PROGRAM may be right for you. Now in its third year, the program matches people in earlier stages of their environmental career or community activism with an experienced female mentor. The nine-month program includes an initial "retreat" day for all participants, followed by opportunities for networking and gaining leadership skills. Applications will be accepted through February 24th, and the mandatory kick-off retreat will be held on March 24th. To apply, visit our website at www.awenalaska.org. If you have any questions, or are interested in being a mentor please contact us at awenalaska@gmail.com or call Melanie at 440-1964.


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