February 18, 2014
5:00-6:00 PM Alaska Standard Time
Call in 866-556-2149 CODE: 8169747#
Join us face to face in HOMER at 4:45
at Islands and Oceans Visitor Center.
Please go to our website and download presentations prior to the call so you are able to follow along:
Guest Refuge Manager
Kenton Moos, Refuge Manager Koyukuk - Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge
Last May, breakup went terribly wrong on the Yukon River. Ice jammed at an S-curve about 12 miles downriver of Galena, stopped the flow and, over three days, caused the river to back up, causing significant flooding to the village. An estimated 90% of the houses and buildings were destroyed or damaged; meat and fish in residents’ freezers spoiled; snow machines, ATVs, cars, trucks, wood splitters and fuel tanks were ruined or lost. The Refuge sustained damage to all 8 government owned houses, including significant damage to the shop and headquarters. Thankfully, nobody was hurt or injured. Galena, along with a number of other villages, was declared a federal natural disaster.
Kenton will share his experiences as manager during this emergency as well as his perspectives about the proposed complexing of Koyukuk/Nowitna NWR with Innoko NWR. Management of Innoko Refuge would be moved from McGrath to Galena. Plans are currently being developed for this possible transition.
News You Can Use
Alaska’s 16 National Wildlife Refuges Need You!
As a Friends member, you can volunteer for education, outreach, advocacy, biology and maintenance projects happening around the state throughout the year. We match your time and talents with the needs of Alaska’s refuges. Need more details?:http://www.alaskarefugefriends.org/volunteer_overview.php
Kenai NWR Refuge: Stream Watch (Outreach & River Restoration) Stream Watch Ambassadors are everyday people providing an extraordinary day on the river! After attending a training session, Stream Watch Ambassadors are outfitted with the knowledge and supplies to walk the rivers sharing information and enthusiasm to protect Kenai Peninsula Rivers June through September. Make a difference! Become a Stream Watch Ambassador this summer! Ambassadors must be 16 years of age or older and are interested in making a difference on local rivers. Not from the area? Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. READ MORE
NWRS Draft Strategic Growth Policy Open for Comment
The draft Strategic Growth Policy for the Refuge System is available for public comment in the Federal Register through March 3. The policy, developed as part of Conserving the Future, instructs the Refuge System to focus protection on priority conservation features to ensure that limited resources make the greatest contribution to the conservation of species. The policy identifies three conservation priorities: threatened and endangered species; migratory birds of conservation concern; and waterfowl. The policy requires that the Refuge System use the best available science, biological planning and conservation design to identify priority conservation areas within existing refuge boundaries; to expand existing wildlife refuges; and to establish new refuges – all while contributing toward measurable conservation targets. This policy also seeks to fully engage partners in the growth of the Refuge System and to manage for sustainable landscapes. For more information, go to this link.
NWRS Friends Academy Training, Aug 3-8
Call for applications/nomination due April 14
Call for applications/nominations: The Refuge System is seeking competitive applications for the seventh annual Friends Academy, a customized Friends training program held at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia, August 3 – 8.
What does it cost: Friends Academy is an all-expenses-paid training course offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System through a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Attendees will be required to arrange and pay for their travel expenses to the Washington, DC area up front, but those expenses are reimbursed within a month following the completion of Academy. All lodging and meals at NCTC are paid in advance for the attendee. Travel days are August 3 and August 8.
Application process: The deadline for applications/nominations is April 14. Up to 25 applicants will be notified in June of their acceptance. The application is attached to this email as a fill-able PDF and is also available on the National Wildlife Refuge System Friends webpage. For more information, contact Region 7 Friends and Partnership Coordinator Kristen Gilbert at 907-786-3391 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
USFWS Offers Wilderness First Aid to Volunteers in Anchorage
Call for applications/nomination due April 14
Wilderness First Aid is intended primarily for personnel who work remotely, in the field (even just periodically), but would also apply to folks who recreate outside of town
Alll session are held in the Gordon Watson Conference Room at 1011East Tudor, Anchorage, AK
Wilderness First Aid - Intro - 5/14-15 (Wed-Thurs) - 0830-1630
Wilderness First Aid - Intro Class - May 20-21 (Tues-Wed) - 0830-1630
Wilderness First Aid - Intro Class - June 3-4 (Tues-Wed) - 0830-1630,
To register, email email@example.com
and her me know your class preference. PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT AN EMAIL RECEIPT OF YOUR REQUEST - Shewill send reminders to all enrolled about a week prior to your scheduled class. There is no charge for DOI (FWS, USGS, SOL, BLM) employees or volunteers.