In 2012, the TTCD and the NVT began developing an agricultural program called Tyonek Grown aimed at enhancing food security and providing fresh organic vegetables to community members in their remote community.
A group of Tribal scientists, independent researchers and regional leadership collaborated to study changes in Kotzebue Sound.
While Alaska’s lands are currently linked, future fragmentation could stress the ability of animals and plant communities to migrate across the landscape. New approaches can give planners flexibility to adapt to change.
The Ivanof Bay Climate Change Monitoring program was a four-year, multi-stage planning project to document indigenous knowledge and notable ecological changes within Elders’ lifetimes.
Pacific Birds brings people together to find common ground for conservation, to advance long-term conservation planning and on-the-ground project delivery, and to connect flyway-wide conservation goals to local projects.
Alaska is home to five Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) working to address environmental changes occurring in the state that are too broad and far-reaching for any one agency or entity to address alone.
The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC) contracts with professional grant writers to provide grant opportunity research and grant writing assistance for member communities.
The USDA NRCS partnered with the Nushagak Mulchatna Watershed Council to complete a soil survey in 2010 that produced maps and descriptions of the soil hydrology, engineering, habitat and ecology for land and river corridors within the watershed.
NOAA Fisheries released a draft climate science action plan for the southeastern Bering Sea that includes a plan to assess the relative vulnerability of 18 commercially important fish species considering expected changes in climate and ocean conditions.
BBNA worked with various partners to establish a program that gives Alaska’s tribes the capacity to monitor erosion using a consistent standard and methodology.
The Science Department at the Yukon River Inter Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) relies on both the scientific method and indigenous knowledge to monitor and protect the health of the Yukon River.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has used scenario planning to address polar bear conservation, and the National Park Service (NPS) has applied scenario planning to questions about marine shipping, port site selection, and climate change in Alaska.
British Columbia has begun to allow tree species to be planted toward the northernmost reaches of their natural range and beyond. By the time the trees are fully grown, their new habitat will be similar, if not identical, to their original habitat.
Communities can work with managers and regulators to adjust hunting seasons and other mechanisms to increase their hunting opportunity and ultimately their successful harvest.
The Native Village of Point Lay is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize potential disturbance events by requesting those who must travel by plane or boat follow guidance developed by the USFWS to avoid disturbing the animals on the island or in the sea.
Togiak recently formed Tuyuryaq Conservation District. “We have had our own regulations (system of resource tenure and regulations) long before the Federal government imposed restrictions, hunting/fishing openers and bag limits on the animals we hunt for our livelihood…”
Through ANTHC’s Rural Energy Initiative, remote Alaskan communities are also working on energy efficiency (like heat recovery systems), biomass, and hydroelectric projects.
The Kokhanok Village Council received funding from the Alaska Energy Authority Renewable Energy Fund and the EPA Clean Diesel Program to upgrade their existing diesel power system and integrate it with Kokhanok’s wind turbines.
Northwest Arctic Regional Energy Plan and NANA Region Energy Projects demonstrate a comprehensive regional approach to energy planning.
In 2015, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) operated more wind turbines than any electric utility in Alaska, with 34 turbines in 12 communities.
To improve the health of rural Alaska residents, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, in coordination with tribal, state and federal agencies, is spearheading a research and development effort to find better and more affordable ways to deliver drinking water and sewage disposal services to rural Alaska.
Shaktoolik will likely have to move, but relocation is currently estimated to cost $290 million (over $1 million per resident). Instead, the community has decided to spend less than $1 million to protect the village for at least another 20 years and do what they can during that time.
Shishmaref was Alaska’s first use of the Triodetic foundations in 1997. The foundation was used with skis to move homes to their new location onto the old airport runway.
In 2013, the Yukon River flooded Galena. An ice jam flood occurred downstream at Bishop Rock area, which caused a backflow flood, impacting structures throughout community.
In 2000, Cordova received $33,567.92 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding from avalanche disasters to complete the purchase and relocation of 12 residential structures away from the Eyak Lake area to available sites within the community.
When Newtok voted to relocate, the community obtained title to a new village site within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge through a land-exchange with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
“We have to relocate by choice, rather than being forced to by evacuation. By choice, we could still retain our identity, as a culture, as a community. But unless we’re willing to do it ourselves, it’s not going to happen.” – Nora Kuzuguk in Shishmaref …
For over a decade, park units across Alaska have made progress in digitizing legacy toponym information while also gathering new data through collaborations with Native communities associated with park lands.
Reindeer husbandry has been practiced on the Seward Peninsula for over a century. The reindeer are maintained as a local food source and a source of economic development.
Biomass heats a commercial greenhouse growing vegetables to feed the school’s students, and the school has been able to hire a music teacher and a counselor.
As the Emperor Goose population has slowly rebounded, the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council created and passed a plan to re-open a limited harvest for the species: the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management plan for emperor geese.
Located across the road from Red Salmon Cannery, the Alaska Bounty Farm uses only natural, locally-available soil amendments, such as fish-based fertilizers, local peat moss and wood chips for soil fertility.
The Norton Sound King Crab Fishery existed for years as subsistence, then they started selling, and locals petitioned the Board of Fish to open a commercial fishery.
The Native Village of Port Heiden initiated several projects aimed at sustaining the local community, economy and environment including: a farm, salmon processing plant, and a construction and environmental remediation company.
BBEDC provides entrepreneurs with a source of assistance in developing business plans, feasibility analysis (small projects), grant mentoring, completing loan applications, financial counseling and other unique needs for developing small businesses.
To produce science-based guidance for the development of energy resources in the region, NSSI took up the idea of developing detailed scenarios—plausible stories about how the future might unfold—to describe how resource development could occur and what monitoring efforts would be useful to help protect people and the environment as conditions change.
Two waterway safety committees have been established in the Bering Strait, Chukchi and Beaufort seas as well as the Cook Inlet region and a third will cover the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands region.
Kawerak, LLC has led several efforts documenting the concerns of Bering Strait communities relative to increased Arctic vessel traffic.
In 2013, the Aleutian and Bering Sea Island Landscape Conservation Cooperative conducted a Commercial Shipping Vulnerability Analysis to help managers and communities understand the magnitude of commercial shipping transiting through the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea region.
The City of Alakanuk successfully applied for a $280,000 hazard mitigation grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to respond to a spring flood disaster (DR-1423, 06/26/2002).
States and federally-recognized tribes can apply directly to the FEMA as an applicant for assistance, but they must have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving non-emergency Public Assistance, Fire Management Assistance Grants, or Hazard Mitigation Assistance project grants through the HMA grant programs.
The U.S. Coast Guard, EPA and the State of Alaska conduct joint unified planning for oil spill response to eliminate planning redundancy. The Unified Plan provides a coordinated federal, state and local response strategy within Alaska and its surrounding waters.