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DOI - 558 - National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park - Statutory (Congress Created)
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National ParkAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2022Committee 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 Date10/19/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Superintendent, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Date Of Renewal Charter10/19/2022Designated 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 Subsistence Resource Commission met twice during fiscal year 2022. These meetings were held on October 5 and 6, 2021, via teleconference and March 1, 2022, via teleconference.

The following motions were passed during the fall 2021 meeting:
• A motion was approved to send a letter to the Alaska Board of Fisheries expressing concern about lowering the Copper River king salmon sustainable escapement goal.
• A motion was approved supporting an individual customary and traditional use determination for salmon at Batzulnetas for Kathryn Martin.
• A motion was approved to write letters to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska about the importance of Copper River salmon for food security and the need to protect this critical subsistence resource.
• A motion was approved to write a letter to the Federal Subsistence Board suggesting the use of working groups comprised of resource users in an effort to reach solutions on controversial issues, as an alternative to sending a proposal back to two divided Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils.
• A motion was approved to delay discussion of deferred federal subsistence fisheries proposal FP21-10 to the winter/spring 2022 SRC meeting and to schedule that meeting prior to the winter/spring 2022 meetings of the Southcentral Alaska and the Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils.
• A motion was approved to table Alaska Board of Game Proposal 214 to allow the Regional Advisory Council to take it up.
• The SRC identified the following as topics of concern to share at the next SRC Chairs workshop:
o Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, which is a bacterium that can lead to respiratory disease such as pneumonia in wild and domestic sheep and goats;
o A need for the Office of Subsistence Management to work with tribes while developing staff analyses of tribal proposals;
o Low salmon runs; and
o Support for NPS collaboration with organizations or tribes on baseline studies.
• A motion was approved supporting a proposed Ahtna wolf study that could include collaboration between Ahtna, Wrangell-St. Elias, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The following motions were passed during the spring 2022 meeting:
• Dan Stevens was re-elected as Chair of the Wrangell-St. Elias SRC.
• Sue Entsminger was re-elected as Vice Chair of the Wrangell-St. Elias SRC.
• A motion was approved to write letters to the Secretary of the Interior, the Federal Subsistence Board, and the Governor of Alaska about fisheries on the Copper River, both the concern about low salmon returns and failure to meet ANS in some segments of the river and also concern that the Federal Subsistence Board sent FP21-10 back to the RACs with direction to compromise, which amounts to being told that the fishery needs to be allowed.
• No proposals to change federal subsistence fisheries proposals were developed.
• Gloria Stickwan and Dan Stevens volunteered to serve on a working group to review the SRC Charter, in light of a letter by the Gates of the Arctic SRC regarding its charter.
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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*70Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentHistorically, only formal hunting recommendations were tracked by this report. Since the Federal Subsistence Board was put into place, the SRC also comments on federal and state wildlife proposals.
The following 7 recommendations were made to the Federal Subsistence Board regarding proposals to change federal subsistence regulations:
o WP22-01: Define who is/is not a participant in a community harvest program and effects on harvest limits. Support
o WP22-02: Rescind restrictions for designated hunters in areas with community harvest systems. Support with modification to authorize residents of the Community Harvest System (CHS) communities who opt not to participate in a CHS to have a designated hunter. CHS participants would not be eligible for a designated hunter.
o WP22-33: Eliminate black bear sealing requirement for Units 11 and 12. Support
o WP22-34: Modify sheep salvage requirements in Unit 11 and 12. Oppose
o WP22-35: Establish Nelchina caribou season in Unit 11 and conduct section 804 analysis. Support with the OSM modification plus an additional modification to have a working group on Mentasta caribou plan with tribal involvement in the plan.
o WP22-36: Establish community moose/caribou hunt in Unit 12, modify community hunts in Units 11 and 13. Support with the OSM modification plus an additional modification to limit the land in Unit 12 to that portion of Unit 12 within the Ahtna Traditional Use Territory
o A motion to support deferred fisheries proposal FP21-10 (as written) failed. The proposal would create a subsistence salmon fishery on the lower Copper River. The SRC is concerned about creating a new fishery given recent low salmon returns, including the periodic failure to meet the State of Alaska’s “amounts necessary for subsistence” or ANS, especially in the upper reaches of the river. Cordova residents have other salmon harvest opportunities. It is additionally concerned that the Federal Subsistence Board sent the proposal back to the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) with direction to reach a compromise, which amounts to being told that the fishery needs to be allowed, and that no working group was established as a way for the RACs to further discuss the proposal.

The following 9 recommendations were made to the Alaska Board of Game regarding proposals to change State of Alaska wildlife proposals:
o Proposal 197: Reauthorize the brown bear tag fee exemptions for the Central/Southwest Region. Support
o Proposal 198: Eliminate bear baiting or prohibit bait stations within 50 miles of cabins. Oppose
o Proposal 209: Modify the Copper River bison harvest opportunities in Unit 11 and 13D. Support
o Proposal 210: Eliminate the community subsistence harvest moose hunts in Unit 13. Oppose
o Proposal 211: Repeal the Copper Basin area community subsistence harvest hunt area for moose and caribou. Oppose
o Proposal 213: Remove the requirement for Tier I caribou hunters to hunt moose in Unit 13. Oppose
o Proposal 216: Establish an antlerless moose season in Unit 13C. Oppose
o Proposal 220: Close moose and wolf hunting within Unit 13A. Oppose
o Proposal 222: Align the ptarmigan hunting season for all of Unit 13 to August 10 to March 31 and reduce the bag limit to five per day. Oppose
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 Comment*Public 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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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$117,810.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$120,166.20
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$237.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$500.00
Total Costs$118,047.00Est. Total Next FY*$130,666.20
Date Cost Last Modified10/13/2022 7:47 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.15
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.15Est Cost RemarksThe fall meeting of the commission will be held in person again and via teleconference.
Cost RemarksPayments to Federal Staff reflect time spent coordinating Commission activities. No in-person meetings were held in FY22 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Two Federal register notices for Subsistence Resource Commission meetings and one Federal register notice for Department of the Interior nominations were produced. The total cost was $1,661. Divided among the seven commissions represented in each notice, the “other” cost per commission includes $237.00.  
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Interest Areas

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Area
Animals
Fish and Wildlife
Environment
Environmental Issues
Land
National Parks, Sites, Trails, Recreational Areas Monuments
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039425National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2021
 COM-037086National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2020
 COM-035377National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2019
 COM-033245National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Wrangell-St. Elias National Park2018
 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