Alaska Region
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Emperor Goose.  Photo Credit: Tim Bowman/USFWS
Emperor Goose
Photo Credit: Tim Bowman/USFWS
Federal Subsistence Harvest of Emperor Geese Proposed for First Time in 30 Years
February 10, 2017 

Following decades of conservation, proposed regulations for the 2017 spring/summer subsistence migratory bird season include opening a harvest for emperor geese. “We are excited that eligible Alaskans will be able to harvest emperor geese once again. We would also like to remind everyone that the emperor goose is still a sensitive population and the effort to conserve these birds will need to continue into the future.” said Gayla Hoseth.


Fall colors frame the Canning River.  Photo Credit: Katrina Liebich/USFWS
Fall colors frame the Canning River.
Photo Credit: Katrina Liebich/USFWS

Ancient Waters Give Fish Life in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
February 3, 2017

When woolly mammoths still roamed Earth, rain and snow fell on the south side of Alaska’s Brooks Range. Those same waters are now entering frozen rivers on Alaska’s North Slope via a small number of perennial springs. These ancient waters hold the key to survival for several amazing fish species including salmon-sized Dolly Varden in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge/ USFWS
Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge
Voices of the Wilderness - Artist-in-Residence
January 27, 2017

Are you an artist who loves being in the wilderness? This opportunity may be for you. Recognizing that today’s artists continue to link people to the land, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U. S. Forest Service and National Park Service are sponsoring Voices of the Wilderness a chance to see some of Alaska’s wildest and most scenic areas. You are paired with a wilderness specialist and will be actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education. This is a a unique opportunity and as an artist-in-residence, you will experience the wilderness like few others. Read more on this opportunity and details for your application.


Fishery Biologist Dr. Lewis Coggins.
Fishery Biologist, Dr. Lewis Coggins
Sam D. Hamilton Award for Transformational Conservation Science
January 19, 2017

The Sam D. Hamilton Award recognizes individuals and teams who are working on big picture challenges, developing collaborative partnerships, and improving how we develop and deliver science for conservation. Lew’s emphasis on solid science, diverse collaboration, and objective-driven management has helped to create an unprecedented atmosphere of cooperation in the management of Chinook salmon on the Kuskokwim River. His work in creating a new generation of Chinook salmon harvest prediction models and a structured decision making framework has been indispensable in helping refuge managers meet their conservation objectives for escapement and harvest, launch a ground-breaking Community Harvest Permit system, and improve the complex biological, social, and political shoals of salmon management in Alaska.

Polar Bear walking on ice.  USFWS
Polar Bear: USFWS
Conservation of an Arctic Icon
January 9, 2017

Two great bears are emblematic of the Arctic: Ursa Major arktos in Greek the constellation from which the Arctic derives its name, and the polar bear, which has lived beneath the northern stars for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s hard to imagine the region without either of them, but the future of the polar bear is being jeopardized by the rapid loss of its sea-ice habitat. Its fate is not determined by the stars, but by our willingness and ability to address climate change. While the international community grapples with that long-term challenge, U.S. government agencies, Native communities, private organizations, scientists and subsistence hunters have collaborated on a plan for improving the polar bear’s immediate chances of surviving in the wild.


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