Managing for Climate Change. National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Danielle Jerry, USFWS-AK. 16 refuges Over 76 million acres (82% of the Refuge System, and 18% of Alaska) 18.5 million acres of Wilderness in 10 Alaska Refuges. ANILCA’s 4 Basic Purposes for Alaska Refuges.
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Managing for Climate Change
National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska
Danielle Jerry, USFWS-AK
“(i) Conserve fish and wildlife populations
and habitats in their natural diversity…;
(ii) Fulfill the international treaty obligations ... with respect to fish and wildlife and their habitats;
(iv) Ensure water quality and necessary water
quantity within the refuge.”
on white- fronted geese.
communities (lichens and sage steppe).
quality, and invertebrate abundance in wetlands from
1) Frequency and location– lightning strikes in new areas, season duration
2) Severity – drier, wildland/urban/rural interface expands, smoke
3) Habitat Effects – drier, more grass, insects, less permafrost
Larger seasonal fire program
More fuels management; prevention outreach; and agency coordination
Manage for wildland fire use;
Research and monitoring
Existing regulatory bodies will address the
challenges of climate change on subsistence.
1) Change in abundance and harvest patterns of fish and wildlife resources.
2) Melting sea ice-- limits harvest of marine mammals and increase danger.
3) Disproportionate impact on subsistence users of changes in salmon populations.