US Arctic Research Commission
February 23, 2011

Today's Eventstodaysevents 


The House and Senate have recessed for the President's Day recess.



Media Reviewtodaysevents  


Melding Science, Tribal Knowledge to Prepare for Future Development. With climate change expected to open the gates to Arctic resource development, the U.S. Coast Guard is looking to create new vessel routing measures through the Bering Strait as more freighters steam north into the Chukchi Sea. Yet the scientific world has known little about the wildlife that plays a vital role in local diets, and thus, how to protect the animals from run-ins with ships and other activity. Alaska Dispatch


Park Service Names Alaska Native Liaison. The National Park Service says a federal tribal programs manager has been tapped to serve as the federal agency's Alaska regional Native liaison. Jean Gamache is scheduled to start her new position March 13 in Anchorage. Park officials say Gamache has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency more than 13 years in Anchorage and San Francisco. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner


NOAA Hearing Set for Ringed, Bearded Seals. The National Marine Fisheries ringsealService will take public comment in Anchorage, Barrow and Nome in March on proposals to list some ringed and bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The announcement yesterday in Juneau came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees NMFS. On Dec. 10, NOAA published proposed rules to list as threatened under the ESA four subspecies of ringed seals found in the Arctic Ocean, Bering, Okhotsk and Baltic seas, and Lake Ladoga, in Russia, as well as two distinct population segments of bearded seals found in the Beaufort, Chukchi, East Siberian and Okhotsk seas. The Arctic Sounder 


State Asks DC to Study Rare Elements. Gov. Sean Parnell this morning told reporters he'd asked President Barack Obama to commission an assessment of rare earth elements on federal land in Alaska. He's also asked the Legislature for money to study state land. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner  


Alaska Lawmakers Suggest Closer Coordination with Canada. Three Alaska lawmakers are saying the state should work more closely with Canada's two northwest territories on common interests. A resolution would direct state government to collaborate with the Yukon and Northwest Territories through the intergovernmental Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) and its special Arctic Caucus. It also urges the Alaska Legislature to "work with the legislative assemblies" of the two territories to develop a "synchronized message detailing the common needs" with respect to their federal governments. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner


Push to Find Doctors for Rural Canada. The federal government will announce Wednesday it's ready to spend millions to hire 100 new doctors for rural Canada, QMI Agency has learned. On Tuesday, Ottawa announced it would spend $4.9 million over the next six years to pay for eight new doctors in Canada's Arctic. Toronto Sun

Legislative Actionfutureevents  


No formal action was taken yesterday.

Future Eventsfutureevents      


Murkowski Alaska State Legislature Address, February 24. Senator Murkowski will deliver her annual address to the Alaska State Legislature. 


Canada's Arctic Policy, February 24-25.  The Institute of the North will host a policy discussion on Canada's Arctic Policy with Consul Jennifer Loten.  The policy forum will consider the Arctic's infrastructure deficit, circumpolar environmental response capacity, and Arctic marine traffic systems.


Fiscal 2012 Budget: Interior Department, March 2.  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2012 budget request for the Department of Interior.


Fiscal 2012 Budget: Forest Service, March 3.  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2012 budget request for the U.S. Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture.


International Conference on Arctic Marine Science, International Law and Climate Protection, March 17-18. The German Federal Foreign Office is hosting an event that will take place on the Berlin premises of the Federal Office. The event is co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, with additional support from prominent research institutes. The Conference will discuss the legal framework for marine scientific research in the Arctic Ocean at present and in the future. Scholars, scientists and diplomats with an interest in the Arctic Ocean are invited to attend. For more information, please contact


Arctic Dialogue & Study Tour, March 22-24, 2011. For the past four years Norway's Bod