USFWS
Fisheries & Ecological Services
Alaska Region   

 

Anchorage Fish & Wildlife Field Office
Conservation Planning Assistance

Tools:

Eagle in flight.  Photo Credit: Hildebrand (USFWS)Vegetation Timing Guidance to Protect Migratory Birds: For information on guidance for vegetation clearing projects in Alaska to protect and avoid disturbance of nesting migratory birds click on this link: Advisory and Timing Matrix.

For information about Bald Eagle Protection and Permits:

Reports and Special Projects:

Integrated Hydrologic Effects of Climate Change in the Chuitna Watershed,
Alaska (April 2012 report):
The USFWS entered into a cooperative agreement with
The Wilderness Society and Cook Inletkeeper to assess the potential impacts of climate change on the Chuitna watershed hydrologic system. Available geology, soils, climate, surface and groundwater, and vegetation data were used to develop a 3-dimensional integrated conceptual flow model of the surface and subsurface flow system within the watershed. The model predicts that for even minimum increases in air temperature and precipitation, significant changes in hydrology are projected to occur in the Chuitna watershed during the 2080 to 2100 time period. A summary paper and a documentation report are presented, along with a peer review of this report.

Wildlife Resources of the Nushagak and Kvichak River Watersheds, Alaska (April 2013 final report): At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USFWS prepared a report which summarizes known information related to brown bears, moose, caribou, wolves, waterfowl, bald eagles, shorebirds, and landbirds in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, with a focus on the Nushagak and Kvichak watersheds. These species were selected for review because of their importance to ecosystem function, their direct link to salmon, or their importance to local and Alaska residents. EPA is conducting a watershed assessment in the Nushagak and Kvichak watersheds, and requested assistance from the USFWS, as the agency with responsibilities and expertise for the nation’s fish and wildlife resources. In addition to being used in the EPA Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, the information in this report will be useful for Statewide or regional land use planning, completion of environmental documentation for permitting of development projects, or activities related to Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in Alaska. The report and a peer and public review overview are available.

What We Do:

The Conservation Planning Assistance Program of the Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Field Office uses the best available science and practical land management techniques to ensure that land use/land development projects proceed in a manner consistent with the Service’s mission. We strive to become involved in the earliest stages of all projects, especially those where we have environmental review responsibilities under federal statutes, such as: Clean Water Act (CWA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and the Federal Power Act. We collect and analyze a variety of ecological information from other Service programs (e.g., Endangered Species, Habitat Restoration, Environmental Contaminants, Migratory Bird Management, and National Wildlife Refuges) to coordinate USFWS project reviews and make recommendations concerning development activities.

A healthy ecosystem is the foundation of Alaska’s economy and provides a vibrant
community for all people. We work with others to provide information about how land-
use decisions and developments affect long-term ecosystem health.

People We Work With:

  • Individual citizens, groups, industry, and local, state, tribal, and federal governments seeking ecological information about fish and wildlife resources, impacts of development on fish and wildlife, or habitat restoration.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the Regulatory Branch and Civil Works Branch. The Regulatory Branch is responsible for evaluating and issuing permits for development projects that occur in waters of the United States, including wetlands, under Section 404 of the CWA and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. The Civil Works Branch works with local sponsors to construct public projects such as harbors, navigation improvements, and erosion control.
  • Applicants seeking Corps of Engineers permits for their projects. We provide applicants with technical assistance to help them comply with environmental regulations and to avoid and minimize adverse effects to fish and wildlife resources. Early planning results in better projects and a streamlined permitting process. If you are considering a land or water development project, we invite you to contact us early for help with planning or with fish and wildlife questions you may have.
  • Federal, state, and local agencies and sponsors acting on behalf of the public to develop projects such as airports, roads, wind-energy, hydropower projects, and mines.
Services we provide:
  • Identify and prioritize natural resources for public watershed and land-use planning activities, and work cooperatively with others on plan development, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Provide ecological information for use in federally-funded, -permitted, or -licensed projects.
  • Provide timely technical assistance to the public (including applicants for federal permits and licenses), federal, state, and local agencies, tribes, and groups. This assistance is to ensure that development projects meet both the needs of the applicant or project proponent, and minimize adverse impacts to fish and wildlife resources, or provide compensation for unavoidable impacts.

For more information about Conservation Planning Assistance, contact branch chief Lori Verbrugge, at either Lori_Verbrugge@fws.gov or by phone at 907-271-2785.

 

Last updated: April 26, 2013