Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Areas

Work Session Scheduled for January 14, 2015 in Anchorage

The Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Areas is scheduling a work session in Anchorage on January 14, 2015 to discuss matters relevant to the Commission’s long term success.

The meeting will be held at the Atwood building in downtown Anchorage at Address:
500 West Seventh Avenue, between 9am and 5pm.
Please be advised of the following meeting room locations – Conference room 1270 from 9am to 12noon and conference room 1760 from 1:15pm to 5pm.

Tentative Agenda:
Call to Order;
Roll Call Approve Tentative Juneau Agenda;
Summary of Today's Session Objectives;
Approve Today's Session Agenda;
Commissioner Opening Comments;

Bylaws and Authorizing;
Statute Refresher;
Historical and Current CACFA Mission, Priorities and Objectives;
Current Staff Duties and Obligations;
Budget Update;

Federal Overreach Summit Implementation;
Summit Development and Planning - Wetlands, Wildlife and Access;
Transfer of Public Lands - Debrief from Salt Lake City workshop Increased Outreach and Elevated Profile;

11:30am-Noon PUBLIC COMMENT (To participate by phone call 463-5009 from Juneau or 855-463-5009 from outside Juneau or from the lower-48 states)

Noon-1:30pm LUNCH


CACFA Initiatives Budget Allocations

Commissioner Closing Comments
Next Steps

There will be no presentations.

Please view our online public notice at:

Staff is always available for questions at 907-451-2035. Thank you

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.

LINK to the Governor's Office Fact Sheet on the Commission.

The Alaska Lands Update, CACFA's monthly newsletter

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Current Edition (updated 11/12/2014)





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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 11/12/2014)

Annual Reports

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.

2013 Annual Report including a Summary of the August 12 & 13, 2013 Summit

Annual Reports Archive (updated 3/17/2014)