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Adapt Kodiak

A coastal resilience workshop like those held in other parts of Alaska, but structured to focus on fisheries, food security, infrastructure, energy, and culture/wellness.

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Adapt Southeast

Convened environmental program managers from 17 tribes in Southeast, as well as representatives from state and federal agencies, non-profits, and the University of Alaska.

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Adapt Y-K

Works to organize tribal and community leaders, regional organizations, individuals, researchers and public resource managers to develop practical adaptation strategies.

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Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub

Shares information from community-based observations on sea ice change, and provides tools and observational data relevant to changes in the arctic seasonal cycle.

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

Science, decision support, and capacity building for climate resilience in Alaska.

Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center

Provides managers with scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and others interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate change. 

Alaska Climate Resilience

Alaskans have been working in diverse arenas to reach common goals of ensuring economic opportunity, health, and safety for everyone in Alaska—now, and in the years to come—as our environment continues to change. Learn how the State of Alaska is working to increase resilience.

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Alaska Coastal Hazards Program

The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys helps build local capacity to monitor flooding and erosion in Alaska communities. This site has the most recent updates for monitoring activities in low bandwidth community-specific pages. Two particular websites that may be helpful for communities interested in monitoring activities include a recent report and community-specific maps of shoreline change and the Alaska Water Level Watch program. The DGGS Shoreline Change at Alaska Coastal Communities includes maps of historical erosion and accretion rates for several riverine and coastal communities in Alaska.  The report and community-specific maps are available here. The Alaska Water Level Watch is a collaborative group working to improve the quality, coverage, and accessibility to water level observations in Alaska’s coastal zone. For information about water level monitoring in coastal communities in Alaska see the website here. Photo Courtesy of Jacquelyn Overbeck …

Alaska Fisheries Business Assistance (Fishbiz)

Resources for managing the business side of an Alaska commercial fishing operation.

Alaska Food Policy Council

Works to create a healthier, more secure, and more self-reliant Alaska by improving our food system. Its newsletters often include grants for food-related projects.

Alaska Forestry Sciences Laboratory

Works with partners to collect forest survey data from remote sensing systems, including satellites and high-altitude aerial photography.

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Alaska Native Cultural Charter School

Maintains Alaska Native culture and curriculum in Anchorage.

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Alaska Native Knowledge Network

Provides resources for Indigenous knowledge in education and other applications.

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Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program

Brings career guidance and opportunities for work experience to younger students.

Alaska Online Aquatic Temperature Site

A comprehensive statewide inventory of current and historic continuous monitoring locations for stream and lake temperature.

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Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection

Works to integrate the private and public sector critical infrastructure owners into the municipal, state, and federal emergency framework, participating in all stages of the disaster cycle, from preparedness and mitigation through to response and recovery.

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Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Helps Alaskans with the practical use and conservation of the state’s marine and freshwater resources.

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Alaska Water Level Watch

The Alaska Water Level Watch (AWLW) is a collaborative group working to improve the quality, coverage, and accessibility to water level observations in Alaska’s coastal zone. Water level data has many applications that contribute to safe navigation, storm modeling and mapping, tsunami warnings, watches, and advisories, incident response, search and rescue operations, tidal datums, sea-level trends, storm trends, and much more. Photo Courtesy of Jacquelyn …

Aleutian and Bering Climate Vulnerability Assessment

Develops future climate scenarios that will be used to assess the vulnerability of resources and ecosystem services within the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands region.

Anchorage Climate Action Plan

In 2050, Anchorage is a resilient, equitable, and inclusive community prepared for the impacts of a changing climate. Winter cities around the world look to Anchorage as a leader in stewardship and energy innovation. Anchorage is self-sufficient and the heart of our state’s globally competitive economy.

ANTHC Climate Change Assessments

To assess climate change impacts on public health, ANTHC completed Climate Change Health Assessments for several Alaska communities.

Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program

Brings together youth from across Alaska to serve as ambassadors for their communities and country in building awareness at home and abroad about life in the Arctic.

Bering Sea Fishery Vulnerability

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (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.

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Brevig Mission Studies Environmental Challenges

High school students in Brevig Mission investigated environmental challenges relevant to their community in their environmental science courses with Rebecca Siegel this year.  They began the unit by mapping out local places of importance to them, their families, and the village, and then identifying some areas where environmental threats were already causing problems or likely to emerge in the future.

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Catalog of Federal Resilience Programs for Alaska

Helps Alaska communities identify federal resources that can support local efforts to gather and evaluate information about the risks posed by coastal erosion and other hazards.

Center for Environmentally Threatened Communities

Supports rural Alaska communities experiencing infrastructure impacts resulting from flooding, erosion, and thawing permafrost.

Chilkat Indian Village Resilience Plan

The Chilkat Indian Village Environmental Department completed a resilience plan for the village of Tlákw Aan (Klukwan) in 2023.  The resilience plan is focused on climate change impacts to critical infrastructure in Tlákw Aan and to plants and animals that are of cultural importance to the Chilkat Indian Village (CIV) and its Tribal Members.

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Climate Adaptation Plan Template for Tribes in Southeast Alaska

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes has produced a climate adaptation plan (CAP) template for Tribes in Southeast Alaska.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Chugach National Forest and Kenai Peninsula

Evaluates the effects of future climate change on a select set of ecological systems and ecosystem services in the Kenai Peninsula and Chugach National Forest.

Climate Science Primer and Projections for the Middle Kuskokwim

Covers the basics of climate science, including models, trends, and impacts on temperature, precipitation, permafrost, vegetation, wildfire, hydrology, invasive species, and subsistence resources for Georgetown, Alaska.

Co-Management Helps Emperor Geese

As the Emperor Goose population has slowly rebounded, the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC) created and passed a plan to re-open a limited harvest for the species: the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management plan for emperor geese.

Coastal Erosion Assessment for Alaska Communities

The Alaska Coastal Hazards Program investigates how the coastline has evolved and how it will respond to hazardous events and long-term changes.

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Community Based Methods for Monitoring Coastal Erosion

Guide for designing and installing erosion monitoring systems, with tips for selecting monitoring sites, instructions for site installation and data collection, and lists of necessary materials.

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Community Partnerships for Self-Reliance

Works with UAF researchers to support rural Alaska communities in long-term self-reliance and sustainability through community-driven research.

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Cordova, Valdez, and Avalanche Hazard Mitigation

In 2000, Cordova received $33,567 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. All structures were threatened due to their location at the bottom of a historical avalanche chute.

Drills Improve Spill Response Capacity

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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.

Drought and Extreme Weather Events in SE Alaska Workshop

In March 2022, a workshop was held in Juneau, Alaska on the topic of drought and extreme events in Alaska. The goal of the workshop was to build collaboration to enhance data, decision making, and adaptation planning.

Drought and Extreme Weather Events in SE Alaska Workshop: List of Presentations and Speakers

List of presentations, speakers, and links from the Drought and Extreme Events in Southeast Alaska Workshop

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Environmental Health Field Services

Works with Tribal partners and communities to prevent the spread of disease and protect the health of Alaska Native people.

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Erosion Monitoring in Bristol Bay

Through a partnership among the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA), Alaska Sea Grant, and the Alaska Institute for Justice with funding from Alaska Sea Grant, The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a program that gives Alaska’s tribes the capacity to monitor erosion using a consistent standard and methodology.

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Fish Composting Helps Naknek

Alaska Bounty was formed in 2009 to grow fresh, organic produce at our farm in Naknek, Alaska. 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.

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Foundations for Modular Buildings, Unstable Soils, and Floodplains

Multipoint Foundations was developed in response to continued demand for a foundation strong enough to withstand the rigors of flooding, permafrost, and other variable soils.

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Georgetown Vulnerability Assessment Process

This vulnerability assessment combined the best available data and model projections with Traditional Knowledge collected from tribal elders, and included a workshop for community members.

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Get Help with Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard Mitigation Plans may be integrated into community or comprehensive plans. FEMA requires baseline data of normal conditions to which changes resulting from disaster or hazardous events can be compared.

GIS for Environmental Monitoring

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. Project staff monitored and documented changes in weather patterns, geography (e.g., land/mud slides, flood areas, changes in creek/river routes, beach banks) and natural resources (e.g., fish, game, vegetation, water sources), then analyzed relationships between weather patterns and impacts to geography and natural resource changes.

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Grant Writing Assistance Program

Contracts with professional grant writers to provide grant opportunity research and grant writing assistance for member communities.

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Hazard Mitigation Planning Helps Alakanuk

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).

Iñupiaq Immersion School

The only Iñupiaq immersion school in the United States.

education health-culture
Igiugig River Turbine

The village council in Igiugig, population 70, is the first tribal entity in the nation licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to harness river water that’s not connected to a dam. Check out the video on this innovative project.

Igiugig Village Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

The community of Igiugig worked with the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to develop a climate change assessment using traditional knowledge and indigenous planning methods and data and decision support tools available through UAF. 

Ilisagvik College

A two-year tribal college in Utqiagvik.

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Indigenous Sentinels Network

The goal of the BeringWatch Indigenous Sentinel Network (ISN) is to provide remote, indigenous communities with tools, training, networking and convening, coordination, and capacity for ecological, environmental, and climate monitoring.

Kenai Peninsula Partnership Aids Adaptation Planning

The coastal communities on the Kenai Peninsula and within the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) are already coping with a variety of challenges related to a changing environment, particularly as communities depend on coastal resources for their economic and cultural livelihood.

Kokhanok Integrates Wind and Diesel

The Kokhanok Village Council received funding from the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Renewable Energy Fund and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Diesel Program to upgrade their existing diesel power system and integrate it with Kokhanok’s wind turbines.

Kotzebue’s Collaborative Research

A group of Tribal scientists, independent researchers and regional leadership collaborated to study changes in Kotzebue Sound. The Northwest Arctic Borough science program ran for three years, funded by Shell Oil Company to support environmental research and related activities to better understand the region’s marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems and potential impacts from human activity.

Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network

Provides access to first-hand accounts of climate and environmental change, made by expert observers based on local and traditional knowledge in the area.

National Climate Assessment: Alaska Region

Alaska has warmed twice as fast as the rest of the nation, bringing widespread impacts. Explore how climate change is affecting Alaska.

Native Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change

An online video library focused on climate change, its impacts to Savoonga and Shaktoolik, as well as their response strategies.

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Newtok’s Land Exchange and Relocation

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).

Nome Tribal Climate Adaptation Plan

Project goals were to familiarize tribal members with climate science and local knowledge, provide an opportunity to identify and discuss climate impacts and adaptation strategies, develop a plan, and share information with other rural Alaska and Native communities.

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Norton Sound Succeeds with Small-Scale Fishing

Since 1995, Norton Sound Seafood Products runs a financially sustainable fishery purchasing fish only from small local boats and markets itself as a “small specialty store as compared to the mega-supermarket.”

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Nushagak Mulchatna Soil Survey

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (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.

Ocean Monitoring in Kake, Alaska

A partnership between the Organized Village of Kake, Kake Tribal Corporation, the City of Kake, and the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy.

During the summer of 2020, the Organized Village of Kake, Kake Tribal Corporation, the City of Kake, and the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy began an ocean monitoring program in Kake, AK. Team members collected samples of ocean water and mussel tissue (Mytilus edulis) and tested for climate and pollution indicators in and around Kake. The project topic and design of this work came from the local leadership in Kake. Fourteen of the fifteen total members of the (paid) field sampling team during 2020 were Kake residents. Data is being archived at the Organized Village of Kake, for use with future comparisons. In these ways, this partnership is able to conduct high quality climate research while upholding data sovereignty for the tribe and providing workforce development opportunities in rural Alaska.

Oscarville Tribal Climate Adaptation Plan

Utilizes the traditional wisdom of the Yup’ik people and infuses the Western science and research into a new space for value-based decision making for adaptation.

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Personal Preparedness Guidelines

Offers guidelines and a checklist for personal emergency preparedness, including a set of guidelines specifically for Alaska Native communities.

Place Names Project Keeps Traditional Science Alive

For over a decade, park units across Alaska have made progress on implementing the National Park Service Place Name project, which is digitizing legacy toponym information while also gathering new data through collaborations with Native communities associated with park lands.

Point Lay Walrus Protection

The people of Point Lay have seen dead walrus on shore after observing plane and boat activities in the area. The Native Village of Point Lay is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) 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.

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Port Heiden Adapts and Sustains

The Native Village of Port Heiden initiated several projects aimed at sustaining the local community, economy and environment. These projects include a farm, salmon processing plant (in development), and a construction and environmental remediation company.

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Port Heiden Vulnerability Assessment

A vulnerability assessment developed from a One Health perspective.

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Promoting Resilience and Adaptation in Coastal Arctic Alaska

Workshops aimed to better equip resource managers and communities to respond to the challenges and opportunities of climate change, supporting healthy habitats and resilient communities.

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Quinhagak: An Archaeological Gold Mine

In 2009, a 500-year-old artifact was discovered on the beach outside of Quinhagak, Alaska, opening the door to the most productive archaeological dig in Arctic history with 60,000 artifacts recovered so far. In 2009, the site was 50 feet from the ocean. Today it is ten.

Relocation Challenges Across Alaska

The 2009 GAO Report 09-551, thaw that substantially threatens village infrastructure and community health. Eight years after the 2009 GAO Report was issued, none of the villages has relocated.

Renewable Energy and Heat Recovery

Heat recovery systems use excess heat produced by electric generators to provide hot water in community water systems. Because only about one-third of the energy generated by fuel-burning diesel generators goes directly to creating electricity (up to 70 percent of that energy is ‘lost’ as heat), communities can save thousands of dollars each year by using that excess heat to heat water in the community water treatment plant.

Resident Technical Assistance Program

Provides CDQ resident 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.

Rural Alaska Monitoring Program

RAMP is a tribally-designed, village-based, resident-operated program to monitor existing and emerging climate-mediated threats to village food and water security, and to provide data for adaptation strategies.

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Scenario Planning for the North Slope

To understand the potential costs and benefits of developing Arctic resources in a safe and sustainable manner—and to help ensure that residents and ecosystems in the region can adapt as conditions change—federal, state, local, and Native entities in Alaska formed the North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI).

Scenario Planning for the North Slope

Scenarios that describe how resource development could occur and what monitoring efforts would be useful to help protect people and the environment as conditions change.

Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning

Uses climate data to create and share ideas of what a future Northern climate could look like.

Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook

A resource for sea ice and conditions relevant to walrus.

Sea Level Rise Viewer

Visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 10 feet above average high tides).

Seasonal Adjustments for Subsistence

Climate variability has brought unique challenges in recent years in rural Alaska. In the fall, warmer weather has been extending into August and September in many parts of the state, a challenge for hunters who seek to harvest and process the animal when it is cooler so the meat will not spoil. During the winter hunt, lack of snow-cover means difficulty and unsafe conditions for hunters who travel by snow machine to access distant moose and caribou.

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Setting Priorities for Health, Social, and Economic Disruptions from Oil Spills in Alaska

In 2019 Alaska Sea Grant was part of a national collaboration to gather feedback and identify opportunities for improving preparedness for the public health, social disruption, and economic impacts of oil spills. There was a total of five workshops held nationwide focusing on three broadly defined topical areas of public health, social disruption, and economic impacts of oil spills. At each workshop, leaders representing impacted communities, and experts in emergency response and preparedness, oil spill science, and human health and well-being, were invited to share their knowledge with an audience of community stakeholders.

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Shaktoolik Adaptation Plan

An adaptation plan to support the community’s decision to “defend in place.”

Shaktoolik Plans for Relocation

Shaktoolik, an Inupiaq village of 250 people located on the Norton Sound coast, is experiencing many of the same environmental changes and threats to traditional life as other similarly situated arctic Alaska coastal villages. In particular, Shaktoolik faces severe threats from storm surges, flooding and coastal erosion that could destroy the community entirely with enough intensity.

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Shipping Buffers in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea

In 2013, the Aleutian and Bering Sea Island (ABSI) Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) purchased a three-year archive of satellite-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) data and 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.

Shishmaref Relocates Buildings

In 1997, under authority granted by the Alaska Statutes, Section 26.23.020, the Governor of Alaska declared that a condition in the City of Shishmaref warranted a disaster declaration in order to qualify for FEMA Disaster Response, Recovery, and Mitigation Assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Act.

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Sitka Landslide Risk Dashboard

In response to landslides that took place in 2015, the Sitka Sound Science Center has created a tool for forecasting landslides in the Sitka region of Baranof Island. The landslide warning system launched in the format of a “Landslide Dashboard” web page in the Spring of 2022.

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Solar Design Manual for Alaska

Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules continue to improve, and efficiencies above 20% are becoming common for commercially available panels. Learn more in this manual.

Southeast Alaska Salmon Simulator

Climate Change is causing changes in stream hydrology that impact salmon populations.  Researchers at UAF, SAWC, and USFS have produced a Southeast Alaska Salmon Simulator to model salmon abundance under changing conditions.  The simulator provides a tool for stakeholders to input streamflow and temperature data to project the number of returning adult salmon for particular streams.  This tool helps to achieve more localized, downscaled projections of salmon returns for communities. 

Tlingit & Haida Adaptation Plan

A road map for prioritizing, monitoring, and responding to climate threats to important subsistence and cultural resources.

Tok School Garden Serves Many Purposes

Tok’s commercial greenhouse provides vegetables to feed the school’s students, and Tok School has been able to hire a music teacher and a counselor. The greenhouse continues to be used as a learning laboratory for biological science, indoor agricultural practices and nutrition.

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Tribal Climate Change Guide—University of Oregon

Database providing up-to-date information on grants, programs and plans, potential partners, publications, events, and more that may assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors.

Tyonek Community Gardens

Rural Alaska residents participate in a subsistence lifestyle including activities such as salmon fishing, moose hunting, berry picking, and more. The availability of fresh healthy produce to complement healthy wild foods is limited. Gardens provide healthy, locally-sourced food while promoting self-reliance and community well-being.

USFS Climate Change Assessment – Alaska Region

Summarizes potential impacts that are likely from predicted climate change in southern Alaska.

USGS Alaska Science Center and Portal

Provides data, information, and research findings to support sound decision-making in Alaska and circumpolar regions. The Alaska Science Portal provides information for over 200 USGS research topics in Alaska. 

Waterway Safety Committees Protect Resources and Communities

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.

Wind Turbines Across Alaska

In 2015, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) operated more wind turbines than any electric utility in Alaska.  AVEC covers the largest area of any retail electric cooperative in the world.

Yuut Elitnaurviat

Provides training for local jobs that combines intensive academics and on-the-job training in Bethel.

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