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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNorth Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1535
Original Establishment Date1/19/1993Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.doi.gov/subsistence/regions/ns
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 PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Eva
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Patton
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 3115 (1988)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 786-3358
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 786-3898
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*eva_patton@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?*Typically the Council meets twice a calendar year to review information and come to consensus on recommendations. During FY 2018, the Council held 4 public meetings to accomplish its goals. The Council has an extra meeting this year due to holding a fall meeting early in August prior to the new fiscal year. They met to hear public comments and comments from other agencies on subsistence issues; review and comment on Federal wildlife regulatory proposals; review the call for Federal subsistence fisheries proposals; review and provide comments on tribal consultation guidelines and make recommendations on subsistence Fisheries Research Monitoring Program research priorities for the northern region; and conduct regular Council business. The Council made recommendations on Federal subsistence wildlife proposals addressing caribou conservation and subsistence priority in the North Slope region. The Council also reviewed and made recommendations on wildlife special action requests relevant to the North Slope region.
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 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 their recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture. The Board recommendations balance the 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 9 months to complete. Currently the North Slope Council has two vacancies due to one early retirement from the Council to attend to other work in the region and a Council member moving out of the region. The Council has expressed concern that Barrow should not be over-represented and has made efforts through the assistance of Service Subsistence Program staff to conduct increased outreach for Council applications from communities in the region not currently represented. The Council rarely meets outside of Barrow due to budget constraints for travel costs. The Council has expressed the importance of meeting in other communities in the region to develop working relationships, become more familiar with local issues specific to each community and encourage participation and application to the Council. The Council has stressed that without actually holding meetings in other communities in the region it will continue to be a challenge to recruit membership to serve on the Council.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings occur at least twice each calendar year with additional meetings as needed to address particular issues. Meetings are held within the region so the rural residents have an opportunity to attend to provide public testimony and the local knowledge of the resources for proposed subsistence hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*ANILCA established the Regional Advisory Councils as the public forum for the expression of views and information originating from the local communities of their 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 public 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 - 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 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 fish and wildlife regulations frequently require the managing agencies to reprioritize staff and other resources. Other recommendations accepted by the Federal Subsistence Board also require reallocation of agency funds. The Council also makes recommendations regarding subsistence fisheries research information needs within the region and priorities for annual funding for fisheries and research projects.
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, 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. The Council also appoints one member to serve on the National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commission for the region.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*50Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring its FY 2019 meetings, the Council reviewed and made recommendations on Federal subsistence fisheries research projects relevant to the North Slope region. The Council also reviewed and made recommendations on research priorities for the northern region of the subsistence Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program. The Council reviewed and made recommendations on wildlife special action requests regarding management of caribou relevant to the North Slope region. The Council heard resource management updates and reports and provided its comments and recommendations on subsistence management in the region.During its FY 2019 winter meeting, the Council provided its recommendations on Federal wildlife closure reviews in the North Slope region. Federal subsistence conservation measures for the Western Arctic, Teshekpuk and Central Arctic caribou herds. The Council informed their recommendations with local and traditional knowledge on how to best enact conservation measures while also working with subsistence hunters and communities. The Council approved its FY 2018 Annual Report to the Federal Subsistence Board. The Council also reapproved its charter with the request to amend it to specify that the Council seeks membership representation from each of the 8 communities in the North Slope region. [Note: Council recommendations were not tracked prior to 2007.]Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*84.00%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*12.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe 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 Coordinator provides information to Council members who do not have access to the Agency's website or email. Outreach efforts to reach rural communities and ensure they have an opportunity to participate or comment on Federal subsistence proposals that affect their region include faxing of information and opportunities (many rural communities widely use fax as the primary mechanism for delivering information where email is limited and mail is slow or unreliable). Direct phone calls to the Village Councils, Tribal Council, and local community Borough contact are also used to help reach rural residents. Radio station news and call-in programs are also used to reach rural residents.
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 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 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 proposals, evaluate current and anticipated subsistence needs, appoint members to the National Park Service subsistence resource commissions, 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. The Council chairs attend at least two Board meetings a year to represent the recommendations of their Councils and provide knowledge and advice to the Board.
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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001552North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2017
 COM-002854North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2016
 COM-003679North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2015
 COM-004815North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2014
 COM-005721North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2013
 COM-006997North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2012
 COM-007899North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2011
 COM-009203North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2010
 COM-009860North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2009
 COM-011059North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2008
 COM-011798North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2007
 COM-013059North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2006
 COM-013667North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2005
 COM-015007North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2004
 COM-015613North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2003
 COM-016943North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2002
 COM-017504North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2001
 COM-018935North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2000
 COM-019220North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1999
 COM-020694North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1998
 COM-021095North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1997
 COM-033274North Slope Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2018