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Two speakers with experience and expertise navigating the complex environmental, governmental, Indigenous, and research communities in Alaska will discuss how land use and policy gets done in the rapidly changing Arctic.
Communication, Collaboration and Equitable Land Use
in Alaska and the Arctic
Lecture & Discussion
Speakers: Sorina Stalla, Policy Analyst/Editor, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and Megan Hillgartner, Natural Resource Specialist, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water
Tuesday, September 29th
6:00pm to 7:00pm PST via Zoom
About the Speakers and their Topics
Topic 1: Changing the way Arctic Researchers Communicate and Collaborate
By law (the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984), the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) develops and implements an Arctic Research Plan every five years. The Arctic Research Plan identifies critical areas where U.S. Arctic research supports U.S. policy from community to global scales and looks for areas where federal investment is enhanced through interagency collaboration. IARPC is the processes of developing its 3rd Arctic Research Plan (2022-2026). During this presentation we will talk about the process behind how the Plan gets developed, how the plan guides Arctic research, and the different scales of impact of the Plan.
Speaker: Sorina Stalla, Policy Analyst/Editor, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)
Sorina started with IARPC in 2020 and serves as a Policy Analyst and Editor for the development of the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. Her work focuses on the synthesis of input received during the engagement phases of the Plan development process and assisting the drafting team as the plan is written, cleared, and released. Sorina’s past work has focused on different aspects of partnership development, improving science-policy interfaces, and enhancing education initiatives aimed at the federal workforce. She holds a Masters Degree in International Environmental Policy and Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and is based in Juneau, Alaska.
Topic 2: Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water: Lands Section Overview
Brief Description of Talk: The mission of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) is, “to provide for the appropriate use and management of Alaska’s state-owned land and water, aiming towards maximum use consistent with the public interest.” To manage resources “consistent with the public interest” means that state resources should be utilized, developed, and conserved for the maximum benefit of the people of Alaska; that to do so, the principles of conservation must govern resource management, everyone must be treated equally by management rules, and the public must be notified of all disposals of public land and resources. This presentation will provide an overview of the DMLW Lands Section: the authorities, statutes, and regulations which guide our work as land managers, and the authorization tools we use to make decisions regarding the use of state land (via permits, easements, and leases).
Speaker: Megan Hillgartner, Natural Resource Specialist, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water
Megan Hillgartner is a Natural Resource Specialist with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water. She works in the Special Projects Unit of the DMLW-Lands Section, primarily adjudicating and managing government requests to use state land. Megan obtained a Masters degree in International Environmental Policy, specializing in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She currently lives in Juneau with her husband and two dogs. In her free time, Megan loves to read, hike, backcountry ski, rock climb, and play outside.
Lecture Location: Online, Via Zoom
Title: Class #IEPG 8666A: Intl. Marine Policy Speaker Series
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