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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National ParkAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number558
Original Establishment Date12/2/1980Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.nps.gov/wrst/learn/management/subsi...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*9
Current Charter Date8/8/2012Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Superintendent, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Ben
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityP.L. 96-487Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Bobowski
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 96-487Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 822-7202
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 822-7216
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*ben_bobowski@nps.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Federal law and regulation provide the opportunity for continued subsistence uses, including hunting, within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The Subsistence Resource Commission for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is a forum that promotes effective communication and mutual understanding of subsistence uses and related cultural resources. The Commission consults with every appropriate local advisory committee and regional council for comment and input on draft hunting plan recommendations. In addition to the advisory committee and regional council consultation process directed by P.L. 96-487 (the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act), the Commission is required to hold public meetings in all areas affected by the subsistence hunting program.
How is membership balanced?*Membership, as prescribed by the Commission's enabling legislation, consists of nine members as follows: (a) three members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior; (b) three members appointed by the Governor of Alaska; and (c) three members appointed by the regional council, as established by the Secretary or the Governor pursuant to section 805 of P.L. 96-487. The members include a range of individuals having personal knowledge of the region's subsistence conditions, and having an interest in Federal subsistence management.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are generally held twice a year, or as often as circumstances require. Commission recommendations are vitally important on matters relating to the taking of wildlife within the park, and are the foundation for the development and review of the subsistence hunting program.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Commission’s recommendations help the NPS to ensure the continuation of the opportunity for local rural residents to engage in the subsistence use of resources in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The NPS has adopted the following mission statement to guide its activities. Subsistence will be managed as a legislated use consistent with the provisions of ANILCA, the Organic Act of 1916, and park's enabling legislation to:•protect the opportunity for qualified local rural residents to continue traditional subsistence activities;•recognize that subsistence ways of life differ from region to region and arecontinuing to evolve, and where appropriate, park management practicesmay reflect regional diversity and evolution;•promote local involvement and participation in processes associated withsubsistence management;•ensure that management practices involving the utilization of public landsadequately consider the potential for restriction of subsistence uses andimpacts upon subsistence resources;•ensure that management of park resources is consistent with the conserva-tion of unimpaired ecosystems and natural and healthy populations of fishand wildlife, incorporating scientific data and principles with traditionalknowledge and cultural values; and•promote effective communication and mutual understanding of subsistenceuses and related cultural and social values, and park purposes and protection,between the NPS, subsistence users, the State of Alaska and the public.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open.
Recommendation RemarksThe Wrangell St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission met once in FY2019. The Commission met in Copper Center, AK on October 25-26, 2018. Recommendations were offered on several Federal fisheries regulatory proposals and the commission adopted the following positions: support for FP19-15, FP19-16, and FP19-17; Support as modified by the Office of Subsistence Management for FP19-13 and FP19-14. A motion was also approved to write a letter to the NPS Alaska Regional Director supporting proposed changes to regulations regarding hunting and trapping in Alaska National Preserves. The commission also heard topical updates from park staff about trail maintenance, the Superintendent’s Compendium, 13.440 subsistence eligibility permits, and recent discussions about caribou herds in the park, as well as general updates from the Divisions of Resource Management, Resource Protection, and Interpretation and Education. Karen Linnell from the Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC) provided a report on AITRC’s activities. Frank Robbins from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game provided an update regarding the Nelchina caribou herd, and Jesse Hankins from the Bureau of Land Management reported on federal subsistence harvest opportunities for moose and caribou in Unit 13. A member of the public commented on the lack of opportunities to harvest caribou in Unit 11.


(1) EXPECTED CHARTER RENEWAL DATE -- The FACA section 14(b) biennial rechartering requirement has been waived for this committee by P.L. 102-525, October 26, 1992.
(2) EXPECTED COMMITTEE TERMINATION DATE/TERMINATION AUTHORITY -- The Commission's enabling legislation, P.L. 96-487, provides for continuation of the Commission into the foreseeable future, without termination.
(3) MEMBERSHIP -- In accordance with the Commission Charter and with P.L. 102-525, members may continue to serve after the expiration of their terms until successors are appointed.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*16Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Commission did not submit any new formal recommendations to the Secretary of Interior in FY 2019.The Commission met in Copper Center, AK on October 25-26, 2018. Recommendations were offered on several Federal fisheries regulatory proposals and the commission adopted the following positions: support for FP19-15, FP19-16, and FP19-17; Support as modified by the Office of Subsistence Management for FP19-13 and FP19-14. A motion was also approved to write a letter to the NPS Alaska Regional Director supporting proposed changes to regulations regarding hunting and trapping in Alaska National Preserves. At the March 2018 meeting, the Commission approved a motion to write a letter to the Secretary of the Interior expressing concern for the process to reconsider the NPS Alaska’s 2015 wildlife regulations.The Commission made the following recommendations on Federal Subsistence Management regulatory proposals:- Support with modification Wildlife Special Action Request 17-05 to increase the harvest limit in Unit 12 Remainder to up to 2 caribou and delegate authority to set the harvest limit for the 2017/18 winter season. The recommended modification is to include consultation with affected tribes and the Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission in the process of exercising the delegation of authority. - Support WP18-10, which would change moose hunting areas and seasons in Unit 5A. - Support WP18-13, which would remove trap marking requirement under federal regulations in Units 1 through 5.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentSRC hunting program recommendations have addressed the following:- Appoint alternate for each SRC member to ensure quorum. - Define resident zone community boundaries.- Evaluate Cordova for resident zone status.- Evaluate Tolsona for resident zone status.- Conduct subsistence access study.- Conduct analysis of ATV use on Malaspina Forelands.- Establish fall spring and summer subsistence waterfowl season. Allow summer harvest of birds.- Implement Mentasta Caribou Management Plan.- Allow collection of horns and antlers.- Support studies of subsistence fish stocks.- Allow making , selling or trading handicraft items by subsistence users for customary trade.-- Clarify NPS definition of trap regarding use of firearms.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSRC Proposed Actions:- Amend charter to allow SRC to report to Superintendent and Federal Subsistence Board.- Appoint alternate for each SRC member to ensure quorum. - Define resident zone community boundaries.- Evaluate Cordova for resident zone status.- Evaluate Tolsona for resident zone status.- Establish minimum residency requirement for resident zones communities.-Conduct subsistence access study.- Conduct analysis of ATV use on Malaspina Forelands.- Establish fall spring and summer subsistence waterfowl season. Allow summer harvest of birds.- Implement Mentasta Caribou Management Plan.- Use predator control on NPS lands.- Allow collection of horns and antlers.- Support studies of subsistence fish stocks.- Allow making , selling or trading handicraft items by subsistence users for customary trade.- Allow aircraft for subsistence access.- Clarify NPS definition of trap regarding use of firearms.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentFor information on Wrangell-St. Elias National Park SRC go online to: https://www.nps.gov/wrst/learn/management/subsistence-resource-commission.htm
Agency Feedback CommentPublic meetings and response letters to the committee.Narrative Description*The Subsistence Resource Commission for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park has been established by the Congress to devise and recommend to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The Commission's unique insight on local customary and traditional patterns of subsistence use within the park has been important in developing workable subsistence hunting plan recommendations.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$111,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$113,200.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$2,100.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$9,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$1,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$3,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$700.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$800.00
Total Costs$114,800.00Est. Total Next FY*$126,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.15Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.15
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001524National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2017
 COM-002766National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2016
 COM-003717National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2015
 COM-004995National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2014
 COM-005750National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2013
 COM-007036National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2012
 COM-007770National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2011
 COM-009196National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2010
 COM-009921National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2009
 COM-011208National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2008
 COM-011813National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2007
 COM-012936National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2006
 COM-013550National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2005
 COM-014816National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2004
 COM-015543National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2003
 COM-016997National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2002
 COM-017446National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2001
 COM-018924National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2000
 COM-019386National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park1999
 COM-020702National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park1998
 COM-021319National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park1997
 COM-033245National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2018