Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Areas

JOIN US in Juneau! CACFA to meet on January 30-31, 2015

Let's start the session with a productive and dynamnic discussion on important issues to all Alaskans. Join us on Friday, January 30 in room 519 of the Capitol building and again on Saturday, January 31 in room 106 of the Capitol building.

LINK to the Tentative Agenda

LINK to the Public Notice

Call for Nominations to the Alaska State Lands Advisory Group

At its January 14 Work Session, CACFA passed a resolution to create the Alaska State Lands Advisory Group (ASLAG). The number of potential group members has not yet been determined. CACFA is now accepting nominations for appointment to ASLAG; a nomination form and more information on the resolution and ASLAG is available by clicking HERE. Any nominations must be submitted at or before the last public comment opportunity on the last day of the Commission’s Juneau meeting: 4pm on January 31. Please feel free to contact CACFA Executive Director Sara Taylor at 907-269-3645 with any questions or concerns.


The National Park Service Proposed 2015 Compendiums -

The current Compendiums for all of Alaska's National Parks can be found at:

Public comments on the 2015 Compendium can be submitted online at:

2015 Compendium public hearing schedule is available at:

National Park Service Proposed Rule Making Comment Period Re-Opening

Documents related to the Proposed Rule are available at

The January 15, 2015, Press Release on the re-opened comment period for the Proposed Rule is available at:

CACFA’s fact sheet on the proposed rulemaking can be viewed at this LINK.

To review CACFA’s rebuttal to a Community Perspective article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the proposed rulemaking visit:

Public comments on the proposed rulemaking can be submitted: online at (Regulation Identifier Number 1024-AE21)

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 1\22\2015)





Click HERE to receive the
Alaska Lands Update by email.


A catalog of formal comments, recommendations and appeal letters from the Commission, organized by date.

Correspondence Archive (updated 1/26/2014)

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)