The Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Areas (CACFA) has a specific mandate in its enabling Legislation.
House Bill 87 section 41.37.220, Duties of the Commission, it reads, "...(a)The Commission shall consider, research, and hold hearings on the consistency with federal law and congressional intent on management, operation, planning, development, and additions to federal management areas in the state. (b) The commission shall consider, research, and hold hearings on the effect of federal regulations and federal management decisions on the people of the state. (c) The commission may, after consideration of the public policy concerns under (a) and (b) of this section, make a recommendation on the concerns identified under (a) and (b) of this section to an agency of the state or to the agency of the United States that manages federal land in the state."
In an effort to meet this mandate and follow through on issues that the Commission has heard and discussed over the years, it hosted the Federal Overreach Summit on August 12-13, 2013.
CACFA invited an impressive list of participants and invited guests to assemble, discuss, authoritatively document, and raise awareness of Alaska’s relationship with Federal land, water and natural resource development agencies. The ultimate goal is to generate rational, collaborative, and effective actions which can be taken to our State and Congressional leaders.
The first meeting in Anchorage on August 12 and 13, 2013 was at great success. There were over 25 invited presenters on the two-day agenda; and more than 175 individuals registered through Eventbrite to attend. The Summit opened with Governor Parnell, by videoconference, and proceeded with a perspective from Juneau, the Departments of Law and Natural Resources.
There was an in depth review of Alaska land ownership history, background of the State's relationship with the Federal government and Alaska specific legislation which defines how the State of Alaska is to work with the Federal land management agencies who manage 69% of the State.
Additional topics were: navigable waters, R.S.2477, access and natural resource development like mining, timber, fish, wildlife and big game.
The second day opened with greetings and a Washington DC perspective on the issues from the Congressional Delegation.
The presentation portion of the Summit continued with a discussion on fish and wildlife issues, and concerns over access and infrastructure. It was wrapped up with a summary presentation of the issues before the group.
The afternoon of the second day was dedicated to a round table discussion to prioritize the issues or problems and brainstorm strategies for resolution, and to identify possible methods of improving the State of Alaska's relationship with Federal agencies.
Commission Staff, along with Senator Coghill's and Representative Keller's Office Staff, are compiling all the comments received at the Summit in August. Since the meeting was paperless, the staff is diligently updating the website with all the meeting presentations, media coverage and recordings. They are reviewing video in preparation for the next phase. Coincident with the Commission's Fall meeting in Anchorage, on Thursday Oct. 3, Friday Oct. 4 and Saturday Oct. 5, 2013, at the Legislative Information Office, 716 West 4th Avenue, Suite 200, Anchorage. Invitations have been sent to all the Federal land, water and natural resource management agencies and the Native community in hopes of further refining the issues and problems identified during the first phase of the Summit discussion and move closer towards resolution or solution.
INFORMATION from the
August 12-13 Summit