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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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
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.