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DOI - 1537 - Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNorthwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number1537
Original Establishment Date1/19/1993Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
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*Lisa
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hutchinson-Scarbrough
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 3115 (1988)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 310-4097
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 786-3898
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


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 Kobuk Valley National Park, Noatak National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, and extensive Bureau of Land Management lands.
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 then rate and rank the applicants according to standards set by the Board. 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 its 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 regions. The Secretaries must concur regarding appointments. The entire process requires approximately 15 months to complete.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council generally meets twice each calendar 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 both Council meetings were held virtually by teleconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the future, meeting in local rural communities will continue to be 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 Interests Lands Conservation Act established the Regional Councils as the public forum for the expression of views and information originating from the local communities within the region, and to provide recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board regarding management of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence uses 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 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 made 11 recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board in FY 2022. There were no fisheries regulatory proposals for the Northwest Arctic region this year.


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 wildlife 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 Regional Advisory 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 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 CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*85Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Council made 11 (8 in fall meeting and 3 in winter meeting) recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board in FY 2022. There were no fisheries regulatory proposals for the Northwest Arctic region this year.

During the fall meeting held November 1-2, 2021, the Council voted on the following Wildlife Proposals:
The Council voted to support four wildlife proposals: WP-22-45, Hare Units 18, 22, 23 - Establish season harvest limit for Alaska Hare; WP-22-50, Beaver Unit 23 - Trapping: Increase harvest limit to "no limit;" WP22-01, Define who is/is not a participant in a community harvest program and effects on harvest; and WP22-02, Units 6, 9, 10, 22, 23, 26 - Rescind restrictions for designated hunters in areas with community harvest systems in place. The Council voted to maintain status quo on two proposals: WCR22-18, Sheep, Unit 23-Baird Mountains; and WCR22-45, Caribou Unit 23 Noatak National Preserve, closed to all but federally qualified subsistence users. The Council voted to support with modification WCR22-27, Muskox Unit 23 Cape Krusenstern National Monument - Modify muskox closure to clarify and simplify regulations. The Council voted to oppose WP22-47, Unit 22 Caribou - Allow calf harvest.

During the winter meeting held February 14-15, 2022, the Council voted to support three Wildlife Special Action Requests: WSA21-01a (caribou) and WSA21-01b (moose), close Federal public lands in Units 23 and 26A to harvest of caribou and moose by non-federally qualified users from August 1 through September 30, 2022; and WSA22-01, change the Federal muskox permit system in GMU 22 and 23 from a Federal registration permit to a Federal drawing permit to reflect how permits have been issued.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*94.00%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*1.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn some cases, the Federal Subsistence Board defers 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, 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 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 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.” The Board considers recommendations in the Council's annual report and makes a formal reply. Board decisions regarding other matters for which the Council makes recommendations are reported to the Council in a less formal manner by the Subsistence Regional 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 with 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. 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 regulatory proposals for subsistence use of fish and wildlife, 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 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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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*$106,921.89Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$110,129.55
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*$13,183.00
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*$11,361.76
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$24,850.20Est. Other Costs Next FY*$26,916.00
Total Costs$131,772.09Est. Total Next FY*$161,590.31
Date Cost Last Modified8/2/2022 10:44 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.90
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.90Est Cost RemarksThis estimate assumes two in-person meetings. If health restrictions due to COVID require virtual meetings, the overall council costs will likely be less.
Cost RemarksThese costs are for two virtual meetings in FY 2022. No travel costs were incurred.

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

Fish and Wildlife
Conservation and Preservation


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039434Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2021
 COM-037111Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2020
 COM-035387Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2019
 COM-033255Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2018
 COM-001534Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2017
 COM-002732Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2016
 COM-003710Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2015
 COM-004842Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2014
 COM-005658Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2013
 COM-007017Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2012
 COM-007723Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2011
 COM-009156Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2010
 COM-009857Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2009
 COM-011092Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2008
 COM-011851Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2007
 COM-013102Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2006
 COM-013711Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2005
 COM-014895Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2004
 COM-015569Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2003
 COM-017113Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2002
 COM-017561Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2001
 COM-018881Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2000
 COM-019374Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1999
 COM-020928Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1998
 COM-021110Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1997