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DOI - 1528 - Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameWestern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number1528
Original Establishment Date1/19/1993Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.doi.gov/subsistence/regions/wi
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*10
Current Charter Date12/13/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Subsistence Council Coordinator
Date Of Renewal Charter12/13/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Nissa
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Bates Pilcher
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 3115 (1988)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 891-9054
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 786-3839
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*nissa_batespilcher@fws.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?*All meetings are open to the public and provide opportunity for members of the public, Tribes, organizations, and agency representatives to participate in discussions and share information relevant to Federal subsistence management. At these public meetings the Council receives public comments and considers technical information on fish and wildlife populations and subsequently makes recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board encompassing consideration of the scientific data, local knowledge, and experience of subsistence hunters and fishers in the region. The Council drafts correspondence to the Federal Subsistence Board in the form of an Annual Report to bring awareness to subsistence and fish and wildlife conservation concerns in the region. The Council continues to track and participate in subsistence fish and wildlife management issues on the Federal lands within their region, which includes Koyukuk, Innoko, Nowitna, Kanuti, and Yukon Kuskokwim National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Denali and Lake Clark National National Park and Preserve, and extensive Bureau of Land Management lands in the Western Interior and Central Yukon regions
How is membership balanced?*Members broadly represent geographic, cultural, user, and gender diversity present within the region. This is ensured through a rigorous outreach/recruitment effort and a thorough evaluation and recommendation process. Applicants are evaluated according to the following criteria: they must be a resident of the region in which they applied; have extensive knowledge of the region's fish and wildlife resources; have extensive knowledge of the region's subsistence uses, customs, and traditions; have extensive knowledge of the region's sport, commercial, and other nonsubsistence uses; and have evident leadership and communication skills. The applicants, their references, and key contacts within the region are interviewed by panels of Federal agency staff. These panels meet to rate and rank the applicants. This information is considered by the Interagency Staff Committee which makes its recommendation to the Federal Subsistence Board. The Board then meets to review the applicants and make their recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture. The Board recommendations balance points of view represented on the Council with the Council's function, which is to advise the Board on matters pertaining to subsistence. The Board also considers other factors such as geographic representation within the region. The Secretaries must concur regarding appointments. The entire process requires approximately 15 months to complete.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council generally meets twice each fiscal year. The Council's recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board (Board) are not only relevant, but have significant impact on regional residents, because, while the Board may decide not to adopt a Council recommendation regarding the taking of fish and wildlife, it can do so only if such a recommendation fails to meet one or more of the three criteria in Title VIII, Section 805(c) of ANILCA. As much as possible, meetings are held in rural communities to provide the opportunity for personal involvement by those most directly impacted by Federal subsistence management. In FY 2022, the Council met twice virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although in normal times meeting in local rural communities is important to the Council's function to accurately represent the whole region and facilitate local participation
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act established the regional Councils as the public forum for the expression of views and information originating from the local communities of the region, and to provide recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board regarding management of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence on Federal public lands. The members of the Council and the public participants provide the expertise of subsistence people to the process of forming regulations that govern their lives and to the management of Federal public lands they use for subsistence purposes. The Council is a vital link between the Federal Subsistence Board and the rural residents whose lives the Board's decisions affect.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not applicable - all meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe Council had 15 recommendations in FY 2022.
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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 ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNew subsistence regulations frequently require the managing agencies to reprioritize staff and other resources. Other recommendations accepted by the Federal Subsistence Board may also require reallocation of agency funds. The Council also makes recommendations regarding fisheries research priority information needs within the region and for annual funding for fisheries research projects related to those needs.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Council provides recommendations and information to the Federal Subsistence Board (Board), reviews policies and management plans, provides a public forum, develops proposals, evaluates current and anticipated subsistence needs, appoints members to the National Park Service subsistence resource commissions, and performs other duties required by the Board. The Council makes recommendations to the Board regarding proposed changes to fish and wildlife regulations; management plans, policies, standards, and guidelines; determinations of customary and traditional use of subsistence resources; fisheries research projects; determinations of communities rural status; subsistence use allocations; and other matters related to subsistence take of fish and wildlife.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentRegional Advisory Council members are all volunteers. They provide expert knowledge and advice to the Federal Subsistence Board (Board), which the Board cannot otherwise obtain. Without the Council, the program would need to greatly increase staff and research funding. The researchers would then need to seek information from the very people, or similar people, who now make up the Council. The Board adopts a preponderance of the Council's recommendations, which may lower resource management costs.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*196Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY 2022, the Council recommended action on one wildlife closure review and fourteen wildlife Federal subsistence proposals for 2021-2023 to the Federal Subsistence Board.

The Council voted to defer action to the affected Council on the wildlife closure review WCR22-07.

The Council voted to support Statewide wildlife proposal WP22-01, multi-regional proposal WP22-02, Southcentral regional proposal WP22-33, Bristol Bay regional proposal WP22-41, Yukon Kuskokwim Delta regional proposal WP22-42 and WP22-44, their regional proposal WP22-46, Seward Peninsula regional proposal WP22-47, and Eastern Interior regional proposal WP22-53.

The Council also voted to support with modification the Bristol Bay regional proposal WP22-40, and Northwest Arctic regional proposal WP22-50.

The Council voted to defer recommendation to the affected Council on the Bristol Bay regional proposal WP22-39, and the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta regional proposal WP22-45.

The Council voted to oppose Yukon Kuskokwim Delta regional proposal WP22-43.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*83.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentANILCA, Title VIII, Section 805(c) requires the Federal Subsistence Board to consider and adopt the report and recommendations of the Regional Advisory Council concerning the taking of fish and wildlife on the public lands within the region for subsistence uses. The Board may choose not to follow a recommendation only if it determines the recommendation is not supported by substantial evidence, violates recognized principles of fish and wildlife conservation, or would be detrimental to the satisfaction of subsistence needs. Under these criteria, the Board generally adopts the majority of Council’s recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*17.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn some cases, the Federal Subsistence Board deferred to another Council’s recommendation on a regulatory proposal from the region affected if there was a difference in a recommendation made by two or more Regional Advisory Councils.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThere is an extensive effort to announce the public meetings of the Regional Advisory Council via news releases, radio public service announcements, website postings, Facebook postings, and newspaper ads. The agenda, meeting materials, and meeting transcripts are available on the Federal Subsistence Management Program website and are mailed or emailed upon request to the communities within the region and interested organizations and agencies. The Council Coordinator has a toll free telephone number to provide easier access for the public to call into the meetings and to disseminate the actions of the Council. There are various publications produced to share the actions of the Council. These include, but are not limited to, meeting booklets for their semiannual meetings, topic-specific informational letters, brochures, and public handouts.
Agency Feedback Comment*ANILCA, Title VIII, Section 805(c) requires the Federal Subsistence Board (Board) (acting for the Secretary) to inform the Regional Advisory Council when the Board chooses not to adopt a Council recommendation concerning the taking of fish and wildlife on the public lands within the region for subsistence uses. The Board has expanded this to include reporting on those Council recommendations it does adopt and those it adopts with modification. These actions and their justifications are written in what is referred to as the 805(c) Letter and Report. Board decisions regarding other matters, such as the rural determinations, for which the Council makes recommendations are reported to the Council in a less formal manner by the Council Coordinator or the Council Chair.Narrative Description*Since Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, Title VIII has provided for the continuation of subsistence uses of fish and wildlife resources on Federal public lands by rural residents in Alaska. Title VIII required the creation of Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils to enable rural residents to have a meaningful role in Federal subsistence management. The Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture subsequently established the Federal Subsistence Management Program. The Program is a multi-agency effort that includes the DOI U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the USDA Forest Service. These agencies manage the Federal public lands where subsistence activities take place, including waters running through or next to Federal public lands and limited marine jurisdiction. The Secretaries delegated management authority for subsistence uses in Alaska to the Federal Subsistence Board (Board), which is comprised of the regional directors of the five Federal public land managers in Alaska and a representative appointed by the Secretaries to serve as Chair as well as two public member representatives. The Board is the decision-making body that oversees the Federal Subsistence Management Program. The ten Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils provide recommendations and information to the Board, review policies and management plans, provide a public forum, develop proposals, evaluate current and anticipated subsistence needs, and perform other duties required by the Board. The Councils make recommendations to the Board regarding proposed changes to fish and wildlife regulations; management plans; policies, standards, and guidelines; determinations of customary and traditional use of subsistence resources; fisheries research projects; determinations of rural status; subsistence use allocations; and other matters related to subsistence take of fish and wildlife. The Councils meet at least twice a year. Council chairs attend at least two Board meetings a year to present the recommendations of their Councils and provide knowledge and advice to the Board.
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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*$127,665.34Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$131,495.30
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*$16,406.15
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*$10,384.33
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$25,602.79Est. Other Costs Next FY*$28,470.87
Total Costs$153,268.13Est. Total Next FY*$186,756.65
Date Cost Last Modified8/2/2022 2:03 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.15
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.15Est Cost RemarksThis estimate assumes that both meetings will be in person. If any meetings are held virtually, the overall costs for the Council will be less.
Cost RemarksBoth meetings were held virtually due to the COVID pandemic and related health restrictions, so no travel costs were incurred for FY 2022.

Other costs include transcription service and advertisement for meetings.
  
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Animals
Fish and Wildlife
Environment
Environmental Issues
Land
Land Management and Use
Legislation
Regulations
Water
Rivers
Water Use
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039477Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2021
 COM-037144Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2020
 COM-035426Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2019
 COM-033277Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2018
 COM-001538Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2017
 COM-002906Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2016
 COM-003680Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2015
 COM-004855Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2014
 COM-005784Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2013
 COM-007030Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2012
 COM-007882Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2011
 COM-009220Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2010
 COM-009945Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2009
 COM-011081Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2008
 COM-011797Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2007
 COM-012977Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2006
 COM-013671Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2005
 COM-014826Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2004
 COM-015444Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2003
 COM-016812Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2002
 COM-017349Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2001
 COM-018834Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2000
 COM-019238Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1999
 COM-020946Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1998
 COM-021386Western Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1997