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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNorthwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number1537
Original Establishment Date1/19/1993Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.doi.gov/subsistence/regions/nwa
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 PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Zachary
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Stevenson
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 3115 (1988)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 786-3674
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 786-3898
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*zachary_stevenson@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?*The Northwest Arctic Regional Advisory Council typically holds two meetings a year to discuss recommendations they plan to make to the Federal Subsistence Board. Meetings are open to the public to provide residents, tribal entities, organizations, and agencies opportunity to participate in the discussions.
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 9 months to complete.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings usually occur at least twice each calendar year with additional meetings as needed to address particular issues. The Council must meet at least twice a year to address the fisheries and wildlife regulatory cycles. The Council makes recommendations for both submitted regulatory proposals as well as Council-developed proposals. Meetings are held in the region so residents of the region have an opportunity to attend them and provide public testimony and local knowledge of the resources for proposed subsistence hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations.
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 Regional Advisory 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 Regional Advisory 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 RemarksN/A
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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 ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction 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. The Council meets at least twice a year; however, individual members may represent the Board at any time to serve on a committee or working group. Council chairs attend at least two Board meetings a year to present the recommendations of the Council and provide knowledge and advice to the Board. At this time the Council does not have a Chair as the person serving in that position recently passed away.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*68Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring the Fall 2017 Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Meeting, the Council recommended the Federal Subsistence Board adopt 5 proposals (WP18-41, WP18-43, WP18-44, WP18-46, and WP18-51), and reject 3 proposals (WP18-32, WP18-45, and W18-48/49). The Council also voted to take no action on 2 proposals (WP18-42 and WP18-47). The Council also voted to write a letter to the agencies describing their objections to the Ambler Mine Road. Additionally, the Council voted to reappoint Enoch Attamuk Shiedt, Sr. and Alex Whiting to the Cape Krusenstern Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) and Murphy Custer, Louie A. Commack, Jr., and Rosa Horner to the Upper Kobuk Valley SRC. The Council also reappointed Louie A. Commack, Jr. to the Gates of the Arctic (GAAR) SRC. During the Winter 2018 Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Meeting, the Council voted to approve the minutes for the Fall 2017 meeting. Addressing the reconsideration of Wildlife Proposal WP18-46/47, the Council voted to support a partial closure as described in WSA 17-03 and Map 1 (illustrating the area of Federal public lands closed to caribou hunting except by federally qualified subsistence users in 2017/18 resulting from Wildlife Special Action 17-03), provided in the supplemental for the RAC meeting.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*91.00%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 wildlife within the region for subsistence on public lands. 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 this constraint, the Board generally adopts the Council's recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially 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 wildlife within the region for subsistence on public lands. 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 this constraint, the Board generally adopts the Council's recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe Council members contact the DFO for any information they want either by email, using the toll free number, or calling his cell phone. The Council members who have access to the website usually get their information there. Because not all members have computers, the DFO is often contacted for information.
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.” 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 decisionmaking 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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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*$94,999.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$97,849.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$6,998.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$7,208.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$7,976.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$8,215.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$17,500.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$18,025.00
Total Costs$127,473.00Est. Total Next FY*$131,297.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.90Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.90
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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-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