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IMPACT ANALYSIS FOR ALASKA NATURAL RESOURCES

Greenburg, J.A.

Situation & purpose:
Community and resource managers lack economic data and analysis which can help guide decision-making. Regional economic models will be developed of the reindeer and groundfish industries.

Impact:
Benefits of the Alaska reindeer impact analysis remain unchanged from last year, with the qualifier that continued range conflict issues with caribou intensify the need for information. Snow crab impact analysis has gained greater relevance with the prospect of moving toward a rights based management program that might involve an individual harvester fishery quotas, separate processors quotas, and regionalization measures to protect interests of communities with a recent dependence on the snow crab industry. Analysis will provide insight into the impact on various regions within Alaska and Washington State. The snow crab market model will be useful to analyze changes in management that affect the size, scope and timing of the harvest. It may assume a position of particular prominence should processor and harvester quotas set up a system that may rely on price arbitration between buyers and sellers and could include a formal price arbitration system where dockside price is set by n 3rd party arbitrator. The risk insurance study is part of a larger effort being directed toward Alaska salmon fisheries to address a severe industry downturn that has accompanied growing prominence of farmed salmon on world markets. This study was able to identify why crop insurance is an inappropriate remedy at this time. Accordingly, the industry is better able to focus its resources at developing alternative programs to address industry problems. The Federal government was able to avoid what may have become a very expensive program of little or no benefit to the targeted interests.


INNOVATIVE METHODS OF INVOLVING THE PUBLIC IN ENVIRONMENTAL DECISIONS

Todd, S.K.

Situation & purpose:
Most agencies tend to use methods of involving the public that were developed over 30 years ago; i.e. public meetings, open houses, and public hearings. Is this because these techniques are the most effective, or is it because they are just the most familiar? This project will increase the level of awareness of new public involvement techniques as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Impact:
The Alagnak Wild River is one of 156 Wild or Wild and Scenic Rivers in the US, 25 of which are in Alaska. Although many rivers have been designated by Congress, very few of them have management plans. Because so few plans have been done for these rivers, the plans that exist receive considerable scrutiny and serve as models for other rivers. This makes the Alagnak a particularly good case for experimenting with new techniques of involving the public, as it is likely to have a higher profile and a larger impact than most resource plans.


VISITOR PREFERENCES FOR INTRPRETATION AT WRANGELL - ST. ELIAS NATIONAL PARK

Fix, P.J., Taylor, S.C.

Situation & purpose:
Wrangell - St. Elias National Park (WRST) managers have noted anecdotal evidence of visitor preferences with regards to development and informational needs. However, a systematic study of these preferences representing all front country visitors to the Kennicott Valley has not been conducted. WRST managers are mandated to have data regarding their visitors' preferences if they are to implement new policies or justify current management strategies. A written survey taken from a random sample of the visitors to the Kennicott Valley during the summer of 2004 will be used to determine visitor preferences towards information and motivations for visiting the park.

Impact:
WRST park managers will be able to use the data gathered during the study to help shape the future park policies and decisions. Additionally, the dataset can be used as a baseline for future studies in order to determine whether or not the preferences and motivations of park visitors are changing significantly over time.

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