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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameEastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1533
Original Establishment Date1/19/1993Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.doi.gov/subsistence/regions/ei
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*10
Current Charter Date12/4/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Subsistence Council Coordinator
Date Of Renewal Charter12/4/2019Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Katerina
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Wessels
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 3115 (1988)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 786-3885
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 786-3898
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*katerina_wessels@fws.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?*All meetings were open to the public and provided 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 received public comments and considered technical information on fish and wildlife populations and subsequently made 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 provided recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board on nine wildlife regulatory proposals the Eastern Interior Region and one proposal for the change of Statewide regulation. The Council drafted 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 also drafted, in cooperation with the Southcentral Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, a formal letter to the Federal Subsistence Board asking that the Board submit a request to the Secretary of the Interior to engage in rulemaking related to authorization to issue Federal subsistence hunting permits. The Council also drafted a formal comment letter on Alaska Board of Fisheries 2017/2018 Proposals 230, 231, 232, 233, and 237 and Resolution on Overproduction and Operation of Private Non-profit Hatcheries. The Council continues to track and participate in subsistence fish and wildlife management issues on the Federal lands within their region, which includes Denali, Yukon Charley, and Wrangell St. Elias National Parks and Preserves; Arctic, Yukon Flats, and Tetlin National Wildlife Refuges, and extensive BLM lands in the Eastern 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 takes approximately 9 months to complete.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council generally meets twice each calendar year. The Council's recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board are not only relevant, but have significant impact on regional residents, because, while the Federal Subsistence 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 2018 the Council met twice in Fairbanks, which is on the road system and the main hub community in the Eastern Interior region. The meetings were held in Fairbanks twice due to budget restrictions that prevented gathering in a more remote rural community. 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?*ANILCA established the Regional Advisory Councils as a 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. This does not change from year to year.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not applicable - all meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksIn FY 2018, the Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council met in Fairbanks on November 8-9, 2017 and on February 28 - March 1, 2018.
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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 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 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 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 which the Board cannot otherwise obtain. Without the Regional Advisory 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*228Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY 2018 the Council made 12 recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board regarding proposed changes in subsistence wildlife regulations and other matters.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*93.00%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 Council’s recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*7.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn some cases, the Federal Subsistence Board deferred to the regulatory proposal of another Council 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 Council via news releases, radio public service announcements, Web site 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 upon request to the communities within the region and interested organizations and agencies. The Regional Coordinator has an 800 number to provide easier access for the public and to disseminate the actions of the Regional Council. There are various publications produced to share the actions of the Regional Council. These include, but are not limited to, meeting booklets for their semiannual meetings, newsletters, topic-specific informational letters, brochures, and public handouts.
Agency Feedback CommentANILCA, Title VIII, Section 805(c) requires the Federal Subsistence 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. 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 Subsistence 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 Fish and Wildlife Service, 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, 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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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

  
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033281Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2018
 COM-001446Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2017
 COM-002862Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2016
 COM-003579Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2015
 COM-004872Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2014
 COM-005796Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2013
 COM-007135Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2012
 COM-007926Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2011
 COM-009322Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2010
 COM-009991Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2009
 COM-011122Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2008
 COM-011712Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2007
 COM-013079Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2006
 COM-013650Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2005
 COM-014985Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2004
 COM-015549Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2003
 COM-016845Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2002
 COM-017554Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2001
 COM-018965Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2000
 COM-019442Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1999
 COM-020935Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1998
 COM-021375Eastern Interior Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1997