Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Alaska
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Alaska Project

Travel Support for Stakeholder Involvement in “Differential effects of climate- mediated forest change on the habitats of two ungulates important to subsistence and sport hunting economies”

December 2016 - December 2019


Participating Agencies

  • USFWS Anchorage

This project will fund travel for face-to-face meetings with stakeholders (State and Federal agencies and Subsistence resource users) of the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (WALCC) in regard to a scientific modelling project. The modelling seeks to project the effects of climate on available forage for moose and caribou, as modified by snow cover and fire regimes, through 2100. The face-to-face meetings will present the goals and objectives of the modelling effort, seek identification of areas of particular concern for managers and subsistence users, and seek input on additional objectives that may be addressed by the modelling project. At the completion of the project, there will be a second set of face-to-face meetings where the results of the climate projections (maps of areas where forage is expected to improve or decline as a result of climate change) are delivered and stakeholders are consulted regarding the utility of the work to their issues and concerns and those issues and concerns will be noted in the final report for the modelling effort.