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What’s Up

June 30, 2010

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)
WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, TRAINING, WEBINARS, WEBCASTS, STATEWIDE EVENTS & TELECONFERENCES
July 7 - 10

CORDOVA - COPPER RIVER WILD! SALMON FESTIVAL will be held. This is a weekend full of fun for the entire family--and our 10th year jammin'! From live music, wild salmon, good food, arts & crafts, road races, dancin' and fun activities for kids, this weekend has it all! Visit www.copperriverwild.org for more information.
July 9-11

DENALI NATIONAL PARK - FIELD COURSE - DRAWING DENALI'S WILDLIFE will be

taught by TODD SHERMAN through the Murie Science and Learning Center. Drawing is a way to see the world and consider the many wonders surrounding us. It allows us to record our observations, capture a moment, or remember a feeling. In this course study the intricacies of the landscape in relation to the animals that live there and record our experiences on paper. Participants will stay at a field camp located 29 miles inside Denali National Park along the Teklanika River. The Field Camp includes rustic tent cabins and a common dining tent. All meals, accommodations, transportation, and instruction are included in the $340 course fee. Professional development credit is available through UAA. For more information or to register, go to www.murieslc.org, email courses@murieslc.org , or call 1-888-688-1269.

July 12-14

DENALI NATIONAL PARK - FAMILY FIELD COURSE -DENALI WILDLIFE will be taught by the Murie Science and Learning Center. A wildlife seminar for families! Come share the wonder of discovery with your children or grandchildren as we explore the stories of the wild. Investigate the Park for signs of animal tracks, rubs, browse, scat, nests, and dens. Use these clues on the landscape to better understand Alaska's legendary wildlife and the homes in which they live. This seminar is specifically designed for families with children 8 years and younger. Participants will stay at a field camp located 29 miles inside Denali National Park along the Teklanika River. The Field Camp includes rustic tent cabins and a common dining tent. All meals, accommodations, transportation, and instruction are included in the $235 course fee. Professional development credit is available through UAA. For more information or to register, go to www.murieslc.org, email courses@murieslc.org, or call 1-888-688-1269.
**July 6 -16 and July 27 - August 6

ANCHORAGE - Space is still available for the CHANGING CLIMATE: SAY WHAT?, two free two -week program introduce climate and energy science to Anchorage middle school students. The free, closed-enrollment program uses a hands-on approach to science education. Student participants take their questions into the field and brush shoulders with scientists, rangers, and other experts to help them research the answers. The LEAD INSTRUCTOR, AMERICORPS MEMBER BETSI OLIVER, developed the content with Alaska Geographic, the official non-profit education partner for Alaska’s public lands. Field trips to sites around Anchorage, including Campbell Creek Science Center, connect Anchorage youth with wild places at their doorstep. Wind for Schools will run a workshop on wind energy in Alaska where campers will build and compete their own wind turbine designs. The camp is staffed by a crew from Youth Employment in Parks (YEP). The YEP Recreation Crew leads climate change camp from 8:30am to 12:30pm and in the afternoons crew members provide free enrichment activities for kids in Davis Park through the Park and Play and Arts in the Park programs. The July 6 - 16 is offered at the Spenard Recreation Center and the July 27 - August 6 will take place at Fairview Recreation Center. Youth must enroll to participate. To learn more or to enroll a middle school student in “Changing Climate : Say What?” contact Betsi Oliver at eoliver@alaskageographic.org or 907-771-8450.

July 19 - 21

DENALI NATIONAL PARK - FIELD COURSE FOR TEACHERS - GEOLOGY OF DENALI will be taught by the Murie Science and Learning Center. Denali's dramatic landscape has been sculpted and scoured by glaciers, rivers, landslides, tectonics, and climate. We will spend our days hiking on slopes and ridges learning how geologists study the Earth to uncover the historical story of the landscape around us. Investigate the recent discoveries of dinosaur footprints in Denali and discuss the impact these discoveries may have on our understanding of the world we live in today. Throughout the course, we'll brainstorm ways to implement this information into our teaching while sharing geology resources and activities for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Participants will stay at a field camp located 29 miles inside Denali National Park along the Teklanika River. The Field Camp includes rustic tent cabins and a common dining tent. All meals, accommodations, transportation, instruction, and one professional development credit from UAA are included in the $350 course fee. For more information or to register, go to www.murieslc.org, email courses@murieslc.org, or call 1-888-688-1269.
July 23-25

DENALI NATIONAL PARK - FAMILY FIELD COURSE -DENALI WILDERNESS will be taught by the Murie Science and Learning Center. Share a learning and hiking adventure with your children or grandchildren in the Denali Wilderness. Explore different perspectives of wilderness and practice backcountry travel skills. Learn how to "Leave No Trace" while studying the landscape and exploring Denali's natural world. Discussions will include the science behind protecting wild places and how the National Park Service uses research to make management decisions. Reinforce personal connections to

wilderness as we discover this Alaskan resource. This seminar is specifically designed for families with children 8 years and older. Participants will stay at a field camp located 29 miles inside Denali National Park along the Teklanika River. The Field Camp includes rustic tent cabins and a common dining tent. All meals, accommodations, transportation, and instruction are included in the $235 course fee. Professional development credit is available through UAA. For more information or to register, go to www.murieslc.org, email courses@murieslc.org, or call 1-888-688-1269.

**July 23-25

FAIRBANKS-- INVASIVE PLANTS OF ALASKA FOR EDUCATORS is sponsored by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and the US Forest Service.. This field course is geared to formal and informal educators. Led by an educator and a scientist, this workshop offers teachers the opportunity to increase their content knowledge of invasive plant identification and ecology, learn about new Alaska-specific curriculum materials aligned with Alaska science standards and GLEs, gain hands-on experience doing invasive plant activities and inquiries, and get free stuff to teach about invasive plants. For more information contact Katie Spellman at katie@akcoasatalstudies.org, (907)235-6714, or register at http://www.uaf.edu/summer/registration/.
**Ju1y 24

MCCARTHY - WRANGELL MOUNTAINS WRITING WORKSHOP: CREATIVE CROSS-POLLINATIONS will be held. Join writers FRANK SOOS, NANCY COOK, and JONNY GRAY and artists MARGO KLASS and MARIA SHELL for this unique writing workshop. For more information, go to http://www.wrangells.org/ww.html.
July 26 - 30

BETHEL - The ANNUAL AYEA (ALASKA YOUTH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION) SUMMER TRAINING will be held. Teens 14-18 from around the Y-K Delta Region will converge for an exciting five days, where they will learn to use their voices to make positive change in their communities and world. Teens will be exploring and sharing stories about their cultural foods through 3 Art Tracks: spoken word, digital, and traditional storytelling. Limited to 20 students, applications due June 18th. Cost for room and board for the week is $100, limited scholarships available. For more information or to register, contact Shannon Kuhn at shannon@ayea.org or (907) 339-3910. Apply online or download the application at www.AYEA.org.

July 27 - 29

FAIRBANKS - GREEN BUILDING WORKSHOP will be held at 9am to 4pm at the Georgeson Botanical Garden Pavilion instructed by ROB ROY. This three-day cordwood masonry workshop is divided into equal parts classroom work (cordwood theory via lectures and slideshows) and hands-on experience. Witness master builders at work and assist Rob and Jaki in the construction of a cordwood masonry garden shed, built on location at the Georgeson Botanical Garden on the UAF campus. Learn this useful and eco-friendly skill while offering a lasting contribution to UAF. Register here or at UAOnline. NRM F040. Cost: $300. For more information, call (907)474-7021. To register, go to http://www.uaf.edu/summer/registration/.
July 30 - Aug 1

DENALI NATIONAL PARK - FIELD COURSE - DENALI FIELD JOURNALING will be taught by TOM WALKER through the Murie Science and Learning Center. In any season and any weather, a journal offers people the opportunity to slow down, observe, reflect, and renew their connection to the natural world. Join long-time Denali resident and writer Tom Walker for field-based journaling in one of the most pristine natural landscapes and ecosystems in the world. By focusing on being in the moment, we will concentrate on making detailed observations in the field and capturing these dramatic scenes as they happen. Participants will stay at a field camp located 29 miles inside Denali National Park along the Teklanika River. The Field Camp includes rustic tent cabins and a common dining tent. All meals, accommodations, transportation, and instruction are included in the $330 course fee. Professional development credit is available through UAA. For more information or to register, go to www.murieslc.org email courses@murieslc.org,or call 1-888-688-1269.

August 3 - 5

PALMER - AGRICULTURAL LITERACY COURSE will be held for educators at Plant Materials Center in the Butte on Tuesday and UAF Experiment Farm on Trunk Road on Wednesday and Thursday. The course can be taken for up to two UAA professional development credits, features guest speakers, tours to local farms, fun activities, teacher resources and Alaska Grown foods. MSBSD- and ASD-approved. Course fee is $100 without credits, $179 with one credit or $199 with two credits. Informal educators, preservice teachers and homeschool parents, $90. Designed to help educators learn about Alaska agriculture and fun ways to incorporate agricultural literacy into the classroom. For details, contact Victoria Naegele at 907-982-2219 or email akaitc@alaskaafb.org. To register, go to www.adclassroom.org/ak. Registration cutoff is July 25 or earlier if class is filled.

August 9 -22

HOMER - PERMACULTURE COURSE will be held by the Anchorage Permaculture Guild with co-instructors RICK VALLEY and LISA DEPIANO. Learn to design your garden, greenhouse, or home working with natural systems. Permaculture is a holistic design process, using ecology as a basis for designing integrated systems with an embued ethic of caring for the earth, caring for people and sharing the surplus. This course lays the foundation for understanding and using natural principles to design abundant, sustainable systems that provide for basic human needs of healthy food, housing, energy, and meaningful work and relationships while also contributing to the regeneration of the earth. This is a full 72-hour certification course and will cover all aspects of Permaculture. The course will include hands-on activities and field trips to working sustainable farms so you can experience theory in action. Additional evening workshops are planned to further your knowledge and experience during this two week course. This course will be held at the beautiful 160 acre AGEYA Wilderness School in Homer and includes all meals and either a camping or shared yurt accommodation. For more information go to http://akpermaculture.wordpress.com/. Limited space available. See schedule at http://www.balancealaska.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103:spring-permaculture-workshop-series-2010&catid=48:anchorage&Itemid=81.
August 13- 15


KACHEMAK BAY ARCHAEOLOGY: DELVING into the ANCIENT CULTURES of YUKON ISLAND - Teachers: BILL and KAREN WORKMAN OLE! has a limited number of openings for its Session II adventure to Yukon Island. The host is GRETCHEN BERSCH and the session will be held at the Yukon Island Center (learn more at http://www.yukonisland.com.) The course is designed for people over 50, but any adult is welcome. Following in the footsteps of Archaeologist Frederica DeLaguna in the 1930s, Bill and Karen Workman have conducted more than three decades of research into the archaeology of Kachemak Bay, and Yukon Island in particular. They will lead us in learning about the peoples and cultures that, over 2500 years, have called Yukon Island home. Karen Workman, the first State Archaeologist for Alaska with the Alaska Division of Parks in the 1970s, has worked in many parts of Alaska and the adjacent Southern Yukon Territory of Canada. In recent years she has focused on the historic Dena'ina Athapaskan occupation of the Seal Beach site in Kachemak Bay. The cost for the course is $195 and includes food and lodging. The water taxi from Homer to Yukon Island is about $60 roundtrip and that fee is payable directly to the provider in Homer in cash or by check (no credit cards). OLE! usually charges non-members an additional $50 to attend, but will waive that fee for members of any Lifelong Learning program. OLE!’s refund policy is to refund all but $50 of the fee if someone has to drop out after enrolling in these summer courses. Anyone interested in the course is asked to send their name, address, and a check for $245 (or $195 if a member of a Lifelong Learning program) to OLE! at PO Box 240488, Anchorage, AK 99524-0488. They will be sent more information about logistics and what to wear and bring at that time. For more information, please call 907-272-9434.
GRANTS & AWARDS

July 1

Deadlines for grant applications to WILDLIFE FOREVER GRANTS . The mission of Wildlife Forever is to preserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat, and management of fish and wildlife. Grants from Wildlife Forever support habitat restoration and acquisition, research and management, and educational projects throughout the United States. Special emphasis is placed on grassroots programs that involve local conservation, sportsmen's, or outdoor recreation groups. All Wildlife Forever grants are challenge grants, and funds must be matched on at least a one-to-one basis. For more information and application form, go to http://www.wildlifeforever.org/grants/overview.aspx.

July 1

Deadline for requests for 2010 SNOWMOBILE TRAIL GRANTS. The grants are competitive and reimbursable matching grants and are available for developing and maintaining public snowmobile trails and related facilities and for safety and educational projects. The Snowmobile Trail Program's Grooming Pool provides funding for trail grooming, marking and signage for snowmobile trails. Grants are made possible by snowmobile registration fees paid to the State by snowmobile owners. Continuation of this grant program is dependent upon an annual appropriation by the Legislature of snowmobile registration fees. Returning Grooming Pool applicants are required to fill out an Established Trail Funding Request Form. New applicants or applicants for projects unrelated to the Grooming Pool must fill out the appropriate application for their trail development or safety/education projects. Go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/snowmotr.htm for instructions, forms and applications. To obtain more information regarding the Snowmobile Trail Grant Program go to www.alaskastatetrails.org/. For more information contact Andre Kaeppele at andre.kaeppele@alaska.gov or call 907-269-8699.

July 31

Deadline for applications for US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE’s NORTH AMERICAN WETLANDS CONSERVATION ACT GRANT. The program supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. The standard grants program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. In Mexico, projects may also include technical training, environmental education and outreach, organizational infrastructure development, and sustainable-use studies. Additional information can be found at http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/reclands/snapshots/nawca_snapshot.pdf. Average grant is $75,000 For more information, contact David Buie , Ph: 301-497-5870, or Bonnie Gaukler at 703-358-2017 or email bonnie_j_-gaukler@fws.gov.

August 20

Deadline for application for a WESTERN WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE GRANT that may be used to apply for financial assistance towards hazardous fuels and educational projects within the four goals of: improved prevention, reduction of hazardous fuels, restoration of fire-adapted ecosystems and promotion of community assistance. For application, criteria and instructions visit Forestry's web site at:



http://forestry.alaska.gov/fire/cwpp/wuigrants.htm
**September 1

Deadline for applications for the 2011 COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL DEMONSTRATION



PROJECT GRANT. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) invite you to apply for the 2011 Community Environmental Demonstration Project grant. We anticipate 10-12 awards ranging from $5,000.00 to $30,000.00. These grants are made possible with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency under the

Alaska Tribal Multi-Media Demonstration Projects. For more information please visit www.ruralcap.com or www.anthc.org/chs/ces/hve/index.cfm.


DEADLINES
July 1

KOSCIUSKO ISLAND - Comments are due on the proposed CONSTRUCTION OF THE EDNA BAY BYPASS ROAD, administratively referred to as SSE-1308-K. Before this road is built or the right of way timber sold, the Director of the DOF will make a written final decision that the action is in the best interest of the State. This decision will set out the facts and applicable policies upon which the Director bases his determination that the proposed forest action will or will not best serve the interest of the State. The final decision is expected to be available to the public after July 5, 2010. This action is located on Kosciusko Island immediately north and west of the community of Edna Bay. The village of Klawock is approximately 36 miles to the southeast of the project area. Access to the area is by the Kosciusko Island road system. The purpose of this Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) is to provide sufficient information for reviewers to ensure that the best interest of the State will be served by the ADNR-DOF, Coastal Region, which is proposing to construct a 2.4 mile road to bypass commercial forest traffic around the residential portion of the community of Edna Bay. In support of this activity the DOF will need to reconstruct another 0.8 miles of existing road between the east and west Edna Bay Subdivision. A primary goal of this project is to economically and safely provide full public commercial access to the USFS Marine Access Facility (MAF) located in east Edna Bay for the various forest land owners on the island. As a by-product of clearing the right of way for this project, approximately 700 MBF of decked timber from the road right of way will be offered for sale. Copies of the preliminary decision are available at inehttp://forestry.alaska.gov/timber/ketchikan.htm#flup. For more information or to submit comments, contact Greg Staunton at 907-225-3070, Fax 907-247-3070, or email greg.staunton@alaska.gov.

July 1

Deadline to respond to the Alaska Div. of Forestry, and the Municipality of Anchorage SHORT SURVEY on HOW ANCHORAGE RESIDENTS VIEW the FORESTED LANDS WITHIN the MUNICIPALITY and IDENTIFY WHICH FOREST BENEFITS and SERVICES that are MOST IMPORTANT to YOU. They have contracted with Davey Resource Group to assess undeveloped forested areas within the municipality. The study will look at forest structure and condition and the percentage of Anchorage covered by trees. It will identify threats to the health and safety of the forest such as fire, insects, and disease. It will also explore how residents use the forest lands, and the ways in which forests benefit the community, the wildlife, and the environment. The final goal of this project is to develop a management plan to help Anchorage realize the maximum benefits and services from its forested lands. The process and plan will be completed in August and the plan will be made available to the public in September 2010. To complete the survey, follow this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Anchorage_Forest_Land. Please direct any questions to Stephen Nickel by email at stephen.nickel@alaska.gov or by phone at 269-8466


July 9

ANCHOR POINT & NIKOLAEVSK - Deadline for comments on the application for an OIL DISCHARGE PREVENTION AND CONTINGENCY PLAN from Armstrong Cook Inlet, LLC (Armstrong) to conduct a regional, MULTI-YEAR, YEAR-ROUND DRILLING PROGRAM that may penetrate liquid hydrocarbon zones. Consequently, this plan has been prepared to allow Armstrong to proceed with their drilling operations should liquid hydrocarbons be encountered. One or more wells currently planned are located at or near the North Fork Unit on the east side of Cook Inlet. The wells will be drilled from an onshore gravel pad near the communities of Nikolaevsk and Anchor Point. These wells are intended to assess the commercial viability of producing oil from the North Fork Unit. The plan proposes to address oil spill prevention and response measures to support their operation for a proposed response planning standard (RPS) of 500 barrels per day for 15 days to total 7,500 barrels at the drilling site as determined by a review of existing well data by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The North Fork Unit wells will be located approximately 8 to 10 miles east of Anchor Point on Pioneer Road. For more information or to submit comments, contact AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Div. of Spill Prevention & Response, Industry Preparedness Program, 555 Cordova Street, Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 269-3094.
**July 9 (EXTENDED)

Deadline for comments on the proposal to evaluate the acceptability of an OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION LICENSE PROPOSAL FOR SUSITNA BASIN. A successful license holder will have the exclusive right to explore state land within the license area for deposits of oil and gas for up to ten years, and may convert all or a portion of the license area to a standard oil and gas lease after meeting the work commitment specified in the license. To see the area under consideration, go to www.dog.dnr.state.ak.us/oil. For more information or to submit comments, contact Terry Peterson, Natural Resource Manager, at terry.peterson@alaska.gov. Submittal(s) should clearly be marked as "Comment on the Exploration License Proposal", or "New Information for Susitna Basin Best Interest Finding".




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