Under Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) (16 U.S.C. 3111-3126), the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture jointly implement the Federal Subsistence Management Program. This program provides a preference for take of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence uses on Federal public lands and waters in Alaska.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a virtual listening session and formal virtual consultations with Tribes, Tribal consortia, and Alaska Native corporations on the Federal subsistence policy. The Secretaries are seeking Tribal and Alaska Native corporation perspectives pertaining to the following questions:
- How has climate change affected subsistence? What changes could be made to subsistence policies, regulations, or law to help you adapt to those changes?
- How can federal agencies better cooperate with Alaska Native Tribes, Alaska Native Consortia, Alaska Native Organizations, and Alaska Native corporations to promote subsistence harvest opportunities and protect habitat?
- How does the state management regime affect implementation of the federal priority for rural residents?
- How can the Federal Subsistence Board and the Federal Subsistence Program be changed to better accommodate Alaska Native subsistence needs?
- What difficulties have you experienced in accessing subsistence resources?
The Department has also announced the upcoming listening sessions and consultation sessions on their Tribal Consultation page.
Please submit any written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Subsistence Consultation" by February 15, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET.