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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National ParkAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number555
Original Establishment Date12/2/1980Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.nps.gov/gaar/learn/historyculture/s...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*9
Current Charter Date8/8/2012Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Superintendent
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Greg
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityP.L. 96-487Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Dudgeon
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 96-487Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 455-0615
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 455-0601
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*greg_dudgeon@nps.gov
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?*The Commission is an advisory group. Federal law and regulation provide the opportunity for continued subsistence uses, including hunting, within the Gates of the Arctic National Park. The Subsistence Resource Commission for Gates of the Arctic 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. 96-847 (the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act), the Commission is required to hold public meetings in all areas affected by the subsistence hunting program.The Commission’s recommendations will help the NPS to ensure the continuation of the opportunity for local rural residents to engage in the subsistence use of resources in Gates of the Arctic 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 (Section 202), the Organic Act of 1916, and parks’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 conservation of unimpaired ecosystems and natural and healthy populations of fishand wildlife, incorporating scientific data and principles with traditional knowledge and cultural values and•promote effective communication and mutual understanding of subsistence uses and related cultural and social values, and park purposes and protection,between the NPS, subsistence users, the State of Alaska and the public.The Gates of the Arctic National Park Subsistence Resource Commission met in Allakaket on April 17-18, 2018. There was ample discussion on the Ambler Mining District Road, with the National Park Service providing updates, Allakaket and Alatna tribal members providing testimony, and SRC members sharing information about their comment letter that went to both the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. NPS presented information on proposed wildlife regulations for hunting and trapping in national preserves that are in the process of being amended. The Commission took action to send a welcome letter to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to introduce themselves and share their concerns about the Ambler Mining District Road. Additionally, NPS staff provided updates on both natural and cultural resources. The next meeting is scheduled for November 2018 in Fairbanks. During FY 2018, the Commission continued to monitor Federal Subsistence Program wildlife regulatory proposals, and consulted with the NPS on wildlife management issues related to Ambler road development proposals. To develop and continue work on NPS subsistence program recommendations, and other related regulatory proposals and resource management issues. The NPS SRC program is authorized under Title VIII, Section 808 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Public Law 96-487.
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 State 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 Subsistence Resource Commission for Gates of the Arctic National Park was established by Congress to devise and recommend to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Alaska a program for subsistence hunting within Gates of the Arctic 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.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open.
Recommendation RemarksDuring FY 2018, the Commission met two times to review and consider development of subsistence program recommendations for Gates of the Arctic National Park.

(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 ChangesYesAction 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 CommentDuring FY 2018, the Commission did not submit any formal hunting plan recommendations to the Secretary of Interior. The Commission continues to monitor issues related to Hunting Plan Recommendation 10-01. The Commission and National Park Service are working together to address concerns for management of wildlife populations within the national park and preserve.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*20Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring FY 2018, the Commission did not submit any formal hunting plan recommendations to the Secretary of Interior. The Commission continues to monitor issues related to Hunting Plan Recommendation 10-01. The Commission and National Park Service are working together to address concerns for management of wildlife populations within the national park and preserve.Gates of HPR 87-1(#1)Expand Communications between Park Managers and Local Residents. Better communication will help develop an appreciation of cultural values of local people by managers. Recommendation important, but goes beyond the authority of the SRC as set forth in Section 808 of ANILCA. The park superintendent realizing the importance of the recommendation implemented a policy requiring staff to advise and brief the SRC on permit and policy actions during regular SRC meetings. HPR 87-2(#2)Eligibility and Resident Zones New residents of resident zone communities should be required to live full-time in that community for 12 months to qualify for subsistence uses within the park.If changes occur in any resident zone community that significantly alter subsistence uses in the park, or if a resident zone is deleted the SRC recommends a permit system be substituted for the resident zone to ensure that subsistence needs are protected. The issue of resident zone and eligibility is clearly within the purview of the SRC.ANILCA does not allow for a durational (12 month) residency requirement. Congress intended regs. to protect the lifestyles of residents who have or are a family member that has an established and historical pattern of subsistence use in the park. No action taken by NPS.SRC modified the recommendation and resubmitted the new version to the Secretary in 1992.HPR 87-3(#3)ACCESS SRC supports Anaktuvuk Pass land exchange agreement.SRC requests clarification of NPS policies relating to travel via commercial airlines between villages in or near the park. NPS regs. should be revised to allow subsistence hunters to travel via aircraft between communities for subsistence hunting purposes. ATVDOI supports ATV land exchangenegotiations.Aircraft UseUse of scheduled airlines as a means of accessing the park for subsistence hunting purposes would take a person out of their community’s traditional use area. ATVAfter DOI failed to finalize the ATV land exchange the SRC resubmitted a similar recommendation in 1992.Aircraft UseSRC resubmitted a revised aircraft recommendation in 1992.HPR 87-4(#4))Areas of Traditional Use SRC opposed the establishment of areas of traditional use. Congress was clear in its intent to have the SRC and NPS identify traditional use areas and to have some areas of the park closed to subsistence hunting. SRC resubmitted a revised traditional use areas recommendation in 1992.HPR 87-5(#5)Regulation of Subsistence Uses of Fish and Wildlife in the GAAR SRC supports harvests of fish and wildlife by local rural residents. SRC supports the ADFG regulatory management system as long as it complies with ANILCA. SRC’s recommendation important, NPS and ADFG are not always able to consult with each other. No action taken by DOI/NPS.No action taken by SRCHPR 87-6(#6)Review of NPS Subsistence Permits SRC requests the NPS to provide SRC with an annual status report on all NPS subsistence policy issues, permit applications for cabin aircraft and subsistence uses. Recommendation important, but Recommendation 87-6 goes beyond the authority of the SRC as set forth in Section 808 of ANILCA. No action taken by DOI/NPS or SRCHPR 87-7(#7)Research Needs and Monitoring SRC requests NPS to work with ADFG and other agencies to expand existing resource data base DOI supported recommendation.DOI directed the NPS to continue work developing a long range subsistence research strategy. NPS incorporated SRC recommendations in the GAAR Resource Management Plan 1994.HPR 92-1(#8)Eligibility and Resident Zones NPS qualified subsistence users are entitled to hunt and trap in the park pursuant to NPS 36 CFR and ANILCA 804 guidelines. SRC support resident zone concept. If a resident zone community is deleted SRC supports roster and idividual permit systems. DOI supported recommendation.Directed the NPS to conduct studies within the park’s resident zones communities to determine that a significant concentration of local rural residents with a personal or family history of subsistence uses of park resources currently resides within each resident zone community. NPS has identified the proposed subsistence studies in the park Resource Management Plan.Wiseman subsistence studyHPR 92-3(#9)ACCESSA. AircraftB. All Terrain Vehicle Use(ATV) NPS should change its policy/ regulations to allow subsistence hunters to fly between villages prior to entering the park to take wildlife. Travel between villages located outside the park should not be considered a violation of NPS regulations.ATVSRC supports the proposed land exchange agreement negotiated among NPS, Nunamiut Corp. Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and City of Anaktuvuk Pass toresolve the ATV use issue.Until agreement is final NPS should allow ATV use in the park under a special permit. Use of aircraft to access the park for subsistence taking of wildlife is prohibited, however NPS regs. provide for exceptions under a special permit authority.Air travel between communities for subsistence purposes may take persons out of their community’s traditional use area causing increased competition among subsistence users.ATVDOI supported the SRC’s recommendation. NPS allowed ATV use to continue under permit and special study. A solicitor’s opinion issued in April 1986 supports the current policy that prohibits use of aircraft to access the park for subsistence taking of wildlife.The NPS is currently evaluating its subsistence aircraft access policy in the Subsistence Issue Paper review process.ATV1996, Congress finalized and approved land exchange agreement.HPR 92-3(#10)Areas of Traditional Use SRC recommends that the entire park is a traditional use area for all eligible subsistence users. This is based on past testimony from village elders and local residents. ANILCA and NPS regs. limit subsistence use in the park to those areas where such uses are traditional. DOI directed the NPS to identify contemporary and historical community traditional subsistence use areas within the park. Based on the data in the study, NPS was directed to initiate a process to identify traditional subsistence hunting use areas within the park. The NPS is evaluating its traditional use area policy in the Subsistence Issue Paper review.There are 5 parks responsible for this determination. HPR 92-4(#11)Impacts on Subsistence Hunting and Land Use Decisions BLM Recreational Area Management Plan for the Dalton Highway Corridor failed to consider potential Section 810 impacts to park. SRC requested BLM staff to meet with local people. DOI supported SRC recommendation.DOI directed BLM staff to meet with the residents of Wiseman to discuss proposed management actions near the park within the Utility Corridor. BLM conducted additional public meetings as directed by DOI..HPR 92-5(#12)Tanana Chiefs Conference Research Resolution SRC support Tanana Chiefs Conference Resolution #92-85.NPS should explore contracting research projects through native corporations or rural Alaskan oriented researchers in future studies. DOI supports recommendation.DOI is supportive of concerns for consultation and participation in subsistence hunting related research. NPS has used and will continue to use existing authorities to cooperate with Native and other appropriate organizations that meet NPS research standards. GAAR Resource Management Plan contains studies that propose research contract agreements with native organizations.HPR 92-6(#13)Need for Oral History Documentation for Resident Zone Communities. SRC requests NPS to fund project to document oral histories for the 10 resident communities. and other knowledgeable local residents of the park. DOI supported recommendation and directed NPS to fund oral history interview projects. The Resource Management Plan for the park contains oral history project proposals.NPS assisted UAA staff with Juke Box Oral History Project.HPR-93-7(#14)Implement Section 809 Cooperative Agreements of ANILCA Public Law 96-487 SRC directed DOI/NPS to enter into a cooperative agreement with the North Slope Borough, North West Arctic Borough and the Tanana Chiefs Conference Inc under Section 809 of ANILCA to develop/prepare the SRC Subsistence Hunting Plan, DOI supports recommendation.A hunting plan should be prepared using a variety of technical data after consultation with local advisory committees and regional councils. Cooperative agreements are an important vehicle for developing hunting plans. NPS will continue to explore both formal and informal cooperative relationships. It would not be appropriate to transfer the responsibility for devising a hunting plan to some other entity other than the SRC The NPS is evaluating the SRC Hunting Plan policy in the Subsistence Issue Paper review. HPR 93-8(#15)Opposition to the Proposed Permanent Dalton Highway to Bettles Road Project. SRC opposes the construction of a year round road to Bettles due to the potential for disruption of subsistence activities and increased competition for resources. DOI /NPS took a neutral position regarding the road project. If federal lands are involved in the proposed State project a Section 810 evaluation will be completed. No action taken by NPS or SRC,HPR 93-9(#16)Gates of the Arctic National Park and Traditional Use Area. SRC requested to meet with Asst. Secretary of the Interior, to further explain the SRC position that the entire park is a traditional use area for all eligible subsistence users. DOI has not responded to HPR 93-9. The NPS is evaluating its traditional use area policy in the Subsistence Issue Paper review.There are 5 parks responsible for this determination.HPR 93-10(#17)Monitor Moose, Caribou, and Sheep Populations SRC suggests that regular monitoring of these important species is essential to maintaining natural and healthy wildlife populations and to ensure continued subsistence opportunities. DOI has not responded to HPR 93-10. The GAAR Resource Management Plan contains wildlife monitoring/study proposals.HPR 95-11(#18)Customary and Traditional Use Determinations SRC recommended that all qualified park subsistence users be determined to have a positive C&T Use Determination for all species of fish and wildlife within the park. The existing Federal Program provides the mechanism for C&T determinations on NPS lands. SRC continues to submit C&T proposals to the Federal Subsistence Board.DRAFTHPR 97-12(#19)Residency Requirement for Cabin Use on Public Lands SRC recommends a change in NPS cabin regs./Change continuous occupancy requirement from 4 to 12 months. SRC sent DRAFTHPR 97-12 to public, local advisory committees and regional councils for review and comment. After review of comments SRC voted to take no further action on Draft HPR 97of `the Arctic National Park recevied a response to the following Hunting Program Recommendation #99-01(#20) Customary Trade from the Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Serive Alaska Regional Director.---------------------------------------------------------------------------Hunting Program Recommendation 99-01 (#20): Customary TradeThe National Park Service should revise customary trade regulations for Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve to better reflect traditional practices of local residents. The Commission recommended regulatory revisions to accommodate the following local customary practices:1) Gathering plant materials for making and selling of handicrafts. These wild renewable materials include, but are not limited to roots, tree bark, wood and lichens. Uses include, but are not limited to making of snowshoes, dogsleds, baskets and various arts and crafts, etc. The materials are harvested in very limited amounts and the practice is not detrimental to park resources.2) Another practice overlooked in National Park Service regulations is the small scale manufacture of handicraft articles from horn, antler and bone which are shed or are from animals that have died naturally or such parts discarded or by other subsistence users. The large-scale sale of these resources should not be allowed. The making of handicrafts is labor intensive, time consuming and inherently limits the amount of resource that is sought and utilized. The Secretary s response stated that the recommendation would be evaluated throught the National Environmental parlicy Act (NEPA) process. Depending on the outcome of evaluation, regulations may then be developed under formal rule making.-------------------------------------------------Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*40.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentInformation on Gates of the Arctic National Park may be found at: http://www.nps.gov/dena/parkmgmt/aoac.htm
Agency Feedback CommentNot ApplicableNarrative Description*The Subsistence Resource Commission for Gates of the Arctic 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 Gates of the Arctic 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 recommendations. During FY 2018, the Commission did not submit any formal hunting plan recommendations to the Secretary of Interior. However at the April 17 -18, 2018, meeting: the Commission took the following actions:1) The Commission adopted a motion invite the Secretary of Interior to a future meeting. The letter would also include information about the Commission’s concerns regarding the Ambler Mining District Road.2) The Commission adopted a motion to send a comment letter to the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, stating their concerns about the Ambler Mining District Road and how detrimental boat access and all-terrain vehicle use on the Kobuk River would be. The Commission continues to monitor issues related to Hunting Plan Recommendation 10-01. The Commission and National Park Service are working together to address concerns for management of wildlife populations within the national park and preserve.
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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*$105,429.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$110,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$8,900.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$7,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$3,420.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$3,700.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$750.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$800.00
Total Costs$118,499.00Est. Total Next FY*$121,500.00
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-001563National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2017
 COM-002767National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2016
 COM-003693National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2015
 COM-004874National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2014
 COM-005766National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2013
 COM-006987National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2012
 COM-007775National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2011
 COM-009138National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2010
 COM-009941National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2009
 COM-011061National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2008
 COM-011865National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2007
 COM-012930National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2006
 COM-013535National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2005
 COM-014898National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2004
 COM-015437National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2003
 COM-016877National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2002
 COM-017471National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2001
 COM-018895National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park2000
 COM-019403National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park1999
 COM-020732National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park1998
 COM-021296National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission-Gates of the Arctic National Park1997