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Karluk River.  Photo Credit: USFWS
Karluk River Photo Credit: USFWS
Service Proposes Revisions to Alaska†National Wildlife Refuge Regulations
January 22, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge today released its Environmental Assessment and announced its final decision regarding a special use permit request by the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA) to conduct nutrient enrichment in the Karluk Lake watershed. The Service evaluated KRAA’s proposal and selected the Current Management (No Action) Alternative as the best way to conserve the abundance of natural salmonid populations and their habitat for continued human and wildlife use.

Brown Bear  Photo Credit:  Lisa Hupp/USFWS
Photo Crediit: Lisa Hupp/USFWS
Service Proposes Revisions to Alaska†National Wildlife Refuge Regulations
January 7, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a proposed rule to clarify that predator control is not allowed on national wildlife refuges in Alaska, unless necessary to meet refuge purposes, federal laws or Service policy, and is consistent with the agency’s conservation mission. The rule was developed in response to public interest and concern about predator control and recent liberalization of predator harvest within the State of Alaska.†

The proposed rule would also prohibit certain methods and means for non-subsistence harvest of predators, as well as update procedures for closing an area or restricting an activity on refuges in Alaska.

Photo of Selendag Ayu Photo Credit: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Photo Crediit: ADF&G

Alexander Archipelago Wolf Does Not Warrant Protection Under Endangered Species Act
January 5, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced its determination that the Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) does not warrant protection as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The decision came as a result from the Service’s 12-month finding on a petition from multiple groups to list the wolf. Although the Alexander Archipelago wolf faces several stressors throughout its range related to wolf harvest, timber harvest, road development, and climate-related events in Southeast Alaska and coastal British Columbia, the best available information indicates that populations of the wolf in most of its range are likely stable


Photo of Selendag Ayu Photo Credit: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Poster: Icey Lyman
Literature: Ivory Lyman

Calendar Celebrates Birds, Showcases Art and Literature by Young Alaskans
December 29, 2015

Anchorage, AKóIn the dead of winter, the arrival of spring and the return of Alaska’s migratory birds seem like a long time off. But don't dispair, a colorful reminder of our departed feathered friends; the 2016 Alaska Migratory Bird Calendars are here! This year's calendar is a celebration of Alaska's migratory birds, "colorful and camouflaged, and showcases winning artwork and literature submitted during the 2016 Alaska Migratory Bird Art and Literature Contest. Read more...


Photo of Selendag Ayu on December 11, 2004. Photo Credit: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Selendag Ayu, Dec. 11, 2004
Photo Credit: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Selendang Ayu Draft Assessment Plan Available for Public Review
October 23, 2015

The Natural Resources Trustees for the M/V Selendang Ayu oil spill have released a draft Assessment Plan for public review. In December of 2004, the M/V Selendang Ayu shipping vessel ran aground and split in half, spilling oil and its soybean cargo on the northern shores of Unalaska Island. The draft Assessment Plan describes the Trustees' proposed future natural resource damage assessment and restoration activities that will be needed in order to identify appropriate compensatory restoration projects for this spill.

Photo of a Steller's Eider.  Photo Credit Ted Swem/USFWS
Steller's Eider Photo Credit: T. Swem/USFWS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Plan to Reintroduce Threatened Stellerís Eider on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta
October 15, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking comments on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for reintroduction of Stellerís eiders to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska (Y-K Delta) to assist with recovery of the species. In the draft EA, the Service describes two alternatives: No Action and a Preferred Alternative for reintroduction. During the process to develop this draft EA, the Service reached out to various stakeholder groups and the public to hear their thoughts on potential issues and concerns about reintroduction. The draft EA describes and addresses the concerns identified by stakeholders and the public.


Sea Otter.  Photo Credit USFWS
Polar Bear Photo Credit:Eric Regehr/USFWS
Polar Bear 5-Year Status Review
October 13, 2015

The Service has initiated a 5-year status review of the polar bear, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This review is being completed to ensure that polar bears have the appropriate level of protection under the Act. The Service is requesting relevant scientific or commercial information we should consider that has become available since the original listing determination.


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