Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Areas
CACFA is up for reauthorization. There are two bills, House Bill 244 and Senate Bill 109, both are well supported and intended to extend the termination date of the Commission. You may track the bills using the Legislature's bill tracking site online called BASIS.
The next Commission meeting will be in Fairbanks on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, 2014. This meeting will be held at the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office, 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308; phone 452-4448. This meeting will be streamed live online at: www.AKLeg.tv. There will be ample opportunity for public participation during public comment. If you can not be present, the number to call to participate in public comment is 463-5009 (within Juneau) and 855-463-5009 (outside Juneau). The call-in numbers are listen-only until opened for public comment. Check back here for an agenda as the meeting date approaches.
The History, Mission and Responsibilities of the Commission
The Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Federal Areas (CACFA) was initially created a year after the 1980 passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). It operated successfully to give a voice to Alaskans negotiating ANILCA’s complex management rules and regulations until 1999, when state funding was eliminated.
The Commission was re-established after Representative Mike Kelly of Fairbanks introduced and won passage of House Bill 87, which Governor Palin signed into law on September 28, 2007. The Commission's Bylaws were adopted 11/06/2008 and revised on 6/2/2010.
The Commission is responsible for identifying and reducing potential negative impacts on Alaska and its citizens from federal actions on any of the 239 million acres of federal land in the state, and "...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." (AS 41.37.220(a))
Under the terms of the reauthorizing law, the Governor (G) appoints six Alaskans to the Commission who serve for four years; while the Speaker of the House (H) and the Senate (S) President may each appoint one legislator from their bodies, and two other Alaskans all of whom may serve for two years. Citizen appointees must represent the diversity of users and uses of federal land in Alaska.
The Alaska Lands Update, CACFA's monthly newsletterCurrent Edition (updated 3/19/2014)
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Alaska Lands Update by email.
A catalog of formal comments, recommendations and appeal letters from the Commission, organized by date.
Correspondence Archive (updated 4/14/2014)
The Commission Reports annually to the Governor and the Legislature by way of an annual report. This report provides an overview of the Commissions activities by calender year.
Annual Reports Archive (updated 3/17/2014)