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Alaska State Technical Committee Meeting Notes, December 2013

State Technical Committee Meeting

December 5, 2013

Notes

For electronic or hard copy presentations and handouts from this meeting, contact State Resource Conservationist Helen Denniston at (907) 761-7756 or helen.denniston@ak.usda.gov.

Welcome: Helen Denniston, State Resource Conservationist

Self-introductions

Greeting: Robert Jones, State Conservationist

Molly Voeller, State Public Affairs Officer-State Reorganization
A Central Hub Office was established in Wasilla to compliment the Northern Hub in Fairbanks and Southern Hub in Kenai.  The Central Hub covers from Anchorage and Girdwood to Cordova . 

The Anchorage office is closing.  Technical staff has been dispersed to Hub offices.  A map of the Hub areas was shared.

Emergency Watershed Protection Program: Brett Nelson, State Conservation Engineer
See presentation.

Clarification:
EWP is not a program for immediate emergency response.
It is a program to assist repairing impaired watersheds after natural disasters.
Program rules prohibit EWP from working on on-going river erosion.
EWP is designated for significant one-time disasters.

Resource Concerns: Helen Denniston, State Resource Conservationist
See presentation.  See handout.

In Attendance:
Angela Peter, ATCA
Bruce Oskolkoff, Ninilchik Tribe
Christy Cincotta, Tyonkel TCD

NRCS Staff:
Helen Denniston, State Resource Conservationist
Robert Jones, State Conservationist
Molly Voeller, State Public Affairs Officer
Brett Nelson, State Conservation Engineer
Kristi Harper, State Tribal Liaison

Call-In Attendance:
Brian Kleinhenz, Sealaska
Erik Johnson, DNR-DAG
Jeff Curry , USDA FSA
Bryce Wrigley, Delta SWCD
Jeremy Douse, Tribal Rep