Ahtna Land.Glennallen

The Ahtna people’s customary and traditional (C&T) way of life remains the cornerstone of everything that our Corporation does. For us, C&T doesn’t just refer to cultural activities like hunting, fishing, trapping and the like; it’s actually the successful continuation of a lifestyle that has existed for thousands of years – a lifestyle that is the foundation of our Corporation’s culture, values and vision.

Although the Ahtna Region is highway-accessible and fairly modernized, our people still practice a C&T lifestyle whenever possible. Our region’s abundance of fish and game and its proximity to major urban centers make it a popular location for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities, so maintaining our lifestyle can be challenging. As a result of this constant influx of outside parties, our people now have to compete more and more for the resources (game, fish and plant life) located on traditional Ahtna lands.

These resources and the cultural practices surrounding them play a significant role in maintaining our C&T way of life and, because of this, we are constantly seeking ways to continue or further that way of life through cultural education programs aimed at future generations of Ahtna; partnerships with local, state and federal agencies; consultation with our region’s tribes, villages and local organizations; and continuous dialogue with our most important constituents – our Elders and shareholders.

 


C&T News Bulletin

2020 – 2021 Ahtna Tene Nene’ Community Subsistence Hunt (CSH) for Moose and Caribou
Posted 08/03/20

 Salvage Requirement Regulation for 2020 – 2021 CSH Moose and Caribou

  • Moose and caribou meat of the forequarters, hindquarters, ribs, brisket, neck, and back bone must remain naturally attached to the bone until delivered to the place where it is processed for human consumption.

 Permits for 2020 – 2021 CSH Moose and Caribou

  • If community members, who are age 18+ years, did not provide hunting license on their CSH moose/caribou applications, they will have to pick up moose/caribou permits at Glennallen or Palmer Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) Office.
  • Please call (907) 822-3461 at ADFG Office in Glennallen, AK or at ADFG Office in Palmer, AK at (907) 746-3600 about questions concerning moose/caribou permits.
  • If community members wrote their hunting license numbers on their 2020-2021 CSH Moose application, locking tag should have been mailed to them.

2020-2021 Locking Tags

  •  Transfer of locking tag is up to the discretion of each locking tag beneficiary or you may return to Ahtna, Inc. Office. Please call (907) 822-3476.

2020-2021 Moose Information

  • Any Bull Moose locking tag must be attached to the main beam of moose antler or lower jaw immediately upon kill of an Any Bull Moose.
  • Unit 13 Moose season begins August 20 to September 20.
  • Hunters must call ADF&G – (907) 822-3461 – within 24 hours to report all moose harvest after immediately leaving the field or report online at hunt.alaska.gov.
  • If the 100 Any Bull Moose quota is reached in subunits of Unit 13 and Unit 11 before Any Bull Moose season ends, ADF&G will close moose hunting season in these units by Emergency Order.
  • In Unit 11 on National Preserve Lands, moose hunting season for (CM300) and (Tier II CSH moose) begins August 10 and ends September 20.
  • Please call ADF&G hotline at (907) 822-6789 to get an update on the quota for (Tier II CSH Any Bull Moose) hunt.
  • CSH Hunters must salvage moose head, heart, liver, kidneys, stomach, and hide, as well as all edible meat from the forequarters, hindquarters, ribs, neck, and backbone.
  • No member of the household can hold any state drawing/Tier I/Tier II/registration moose hunts, hold general season moose harvest tickets, or hold federal moose permits outside of the CSH hunt area.
  • After the CSH hunt has ended, unsuccessful individual household members may hold state harvest tickets or permits for areas where the bag limit is greater than one moose per person.
  • No member of the household can hold any state or federal drawing/Tier I/Tier II/registration caribou permits outside the Copper Basin CSH hunt area.
  • CSH community members who signed up in 2020-2021 Ahtna Tene Nene’ C&T Group have made a 2-year commitment to the Ahtna Tene Nene’ Group. No new members will be added to the Ahtna Tene Nene’ CSH Group in December 2020.
  • Ahtna Tene Nene’ community members must share meat and other parts of the moose and caribou and participate in one sharing event.
  • Caribou and moose meat, organs, moose hide, and moose stomach, may be dropped off at the Ahtna, Inc. Glennallen Office during businesses hours of Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Ahtna Tene Nene community members may have a Designated Hunter, however, CSH Permittee is still responsible for returning moose and caribou harvest reports to ADF&G Office.
  • Both Ahtna Tene Nene community member and Designated Hunter must be signed up in the Ahtna Tene Nene’ C&T Community Subsistence Hunt Harvest Permit Program.
  • Designated Hunters must carry Ahtna Tene Nene community members’ and his or her moose and/or caribou harvest ticket/reports while hunting in the field.
  • Ahtna Tene Nene’ Hunters must abide by all applicable state hunting regulations, and statute requirements including licensing, hunter education, CSH eligibility requirements, reporting requirements and hunt conditions.
  • CSH moose harvest permits must be carried in the field while hunting, and must be validated immediately upon killing an animal and before leaving the kill site, and must remain in the hunter’s possession until the animal has been delivered to the location of processing for human consumption.
  • All household members agreed to the CSH hunt conditions when he or she completed an online CSH moose and caribou application.
  • Ahtna Tene Nene community member can be on the Failure to Report (FTR) List and still be counted as a community member, however he or she will not be allowed to participate in the CSH hunt activities.
  • If a hunter is unsuccessful in harvesting a moose, he or she must return his or her moose permit within 15 days after the close of the moose hunting season.

 2020 – 2021 CSH Caribou

  • Please call the ADF&G hotline at (907) 822-6789 to get an update on the quota for the 2020-2021 CSH Caribou hunt.
  • CSH community members may also report Unit 13 Nelchina Bull Caribou harvest online at adfg.alaska.gov.
  • Call (907) 822-3461) or (907) 861-2100) to report Unit 13 Nelchina Bull Caribou harvest.
  • CSH caribou harvest permits must be carried in the field while hunting, and must be validated immediately upon killing an animal and before leaving the kill site, and must remain in the hunter’s possession until the animal has been delivered to the location of processing for human consumption.
  • Ahtna Tene Nene community member can be on the Failure to Report (FTR) List and still be counted as a community member, however he or she will not be allowed to participate in hunting activities.
  • All Ahtna Tene Nene community members in the 2020-2021 CSH Caribou hunt may not hold any state drawing permits, Tier I, Tier II, Registration caribou hunts, or hold general season caribou harvest tickets or hold federal caribou permits outside of the CSH Hunt area.
  • No Ahtna Tene Nene community member of the CSH Participant household participating in the CSH caribou hunt can hold any state or federal drawing/Tier I/Tier II/registration moose permits outside the CSH hunt area.
  • CSH Hunters must salvage caribou heart, liver, kidneys, and fat, as well as all edible meat from the forequarters, hindquarters, ribs, neck, and backbone meat of the forequarters, hindquarters, ribs, brisket, neck, and back bone.
  • Unit 13 Bull Nelchina Caribou quota is up to 400. Caribou season dates are from August 10 to September 20.
  • If ADFG does not call for an Emergency Order Closure in Game Management Unit 13, caribou winter hunt will be open from October 21 to March 31.
  • ADF&G will issue one Copper Basin Unit 13 CSH Nelchina caribou permit to each household member.
  • GMU 13 Nelchina Caribou bag limit is only 1 Nelchina caribou per household.
  • Successful hunters must report within 3 days of harvesting a caribou. You may report online at adfg.alaska.gov., phone number to call is 907 822-3461, or mail in 2020-2021 caribou permit to Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
  • If community members are unsuccessful in harvesting a caribou, caribou permits must be filled out and returned to Alaska Department of Fish and Game within 15 days after caribou hunting season ends.

2020 2021 CSH Moose and Caribou Household Report

  • ADFG will email a 2020-2021 CSH household moose and caribou household report (form) to community member households.
  • You may also fill out 2020-2021 CSH household Moose and Caribou report online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm:adfg=huntlicense.cultual
  • 2020-2021 CSH Moose and caribou household report is voluntary.
  • Ahtna Tene Nene community members are encouraged to fill out the caribou and moose report. This information is needed to provide Alaska Board of Game to make decisions on subsistence hunts, C&T determinations, Amounts Necessary for Subsistence and Rural and Non-Rural Determinations.
  • Ahtna Tene Nene’ coordinator is required to return 2020-2021 CSH moose and caribou household reports to ADFG office.
  • Please return 2020-2021 CSH household reports for moose and caribou to Ms. Stickwan at:

 Ahtna Inc.

 P.O. Box 649

 Glennallen, Alaska 99588

  or

 Email Household moose and caribou report to:

 cshmoose@ahtna.net

 cshcaribou@ahtna.net

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve News Release

Release Date: July 17, 2020

Contact: Jan Maslen, jan_maslen@nps.gov, 907-822-7206

Federal Subsistence Hunting Permits for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve available starting July 27; Permitting Process Adapted Due to Covid-19

Federal subsistence registration permits for permit hunts in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will be available starting Monday, July 27.

Due to ongoing public health advisories and staffing delays related to Covid-19, the permitting process has been adapted to ensure the safety of permit applicants and park staff.

Permit applicants must call ahead. Once you have reserved your permit over the phone, you can pick it up at one of our visitor contact stations. Please call the location where you would like to pick up the permit(s):

  • Copper Center Visitor Center: 822-7250;
  • Slana Ranger Station: 822-7401;
  • Chitina Ranger Station: 823-2205; and
  • Kennecott-McCarthy area: 205-7631.

When you call, please have your current hunting license number available. If you get a busy signal, please call back or email: WRST_subsistence@nps.gov.

The Copper Center Visitor Center has window services seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 20. The Slana Ranger Station has window services seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 26. Permits will also be available at the Chitina Ranger Station, which has window services seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Labor Day. For permits after these dates, call the main park number, 822-5234.

When you come to pick up your permit(s), please bring your State of Alaska resident hunting license, a photo ID (such as a driver’s license), and proof of local physical address. Examples of documentation of physical address include a voter registration card, an electric or other utility bill listing your physical address, or current rental or lease agreement. If possible, please also bring an ink pen to use when signing your permit.

Permits will be available for moose hunts in Unit 11 and a portion of Unit 12, a goat hunt in Unit 11, and sheep hunts for people 60 years of age or older in Units 11 and 12. There is no federal registration permit for the general sheep hunts in Units 11 and 12. Federally qualified hunters wishing to harvest sheep in Units 11 and 12 during the regular season may do so under the federal harvest limit, but must obtain a state harvest ticket and comply with the state’s reporting and horn sealing requirements. The state sealing requirement for Unit 11 applies to all rams, even rams with less than full-curl horns. Sealing is not required for sheep harvested under a federal registration permit during the elder hunts.

This year the joint state/federal permit (RM291) for the moose hunt in the portion of Unit 11 draining into the east bank of the Copper River upstream from and including the Slana River drainage and Unit 12 within the Nabesna River drainage west of the east bank of the Nabesna River upstream from the southern boundary of Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge is also available on-line at https://secure.wildlife.alaska.gov/ePermit. Hunters with access to a computer and printer are encouraged to obtain this permit on-line.

Permit applicants must be federally qualified subsistence users and meet special eligibility requirements for lands managed by the National Park Service. They must have their primary permanent residence in rural Alaska, and their community must be listed in the “Species/ Customary & Traditional Use Determination” (C&T) column of the Federal Subsistence Management Regulations Booklet for Wildlife for the intended species and location. The regulation booklet can be obtained at https://www.doi.gov/subsistence/wildlife. Individuals wanting to hunt on National Park lands (as opposed to in the National Preserve) must additionally have their primary residence in one of the park’s 23 resident zone communities.

Hunters are reminded that airplanes may be used to access the National Preserve, but not the National Park, for the purposes of subsistence harvest of fish and wildlife. Special rules apply to the use of off-road vehicles in the Black Mountain area and at the end of the Tanada Lake Trail. If you plan to hunt in those areas please ask when you pick up your permit or see the park website for more information:

https://www.nps.gov/wrst/learn/management/subsistence-access.htm.

For more information, contact the park Visitor Center in Copper Center at (907) 822-7250.

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Barbara A. Cellarius, Ph.D. — TELEWORKING

Cultural Anthropologist/Subsistence Coordinator

Resource Stewardship & Science Team

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

PO Box 439/Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, Copper Center AK 99573

907/822-7236 (office) — 907/205-0157 (cell) — barbara_cellarius@nps.gov

Updated June 24, 2020

 

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Updated April 10, 2020

2020 CC001 CSH Caribou Permit Report

2019-2020 Community Subsistence Harvest Caribou Hunt Permits are to be returned to the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game Office in Glennallen, Alaska, completed online at www.adfg.alaska.gov, or CSH Participants can call (907) 822-3461 to report Caribou permit.

(Released: March 18, 2020)

CONTACT: Tom Taube
Deputy Director
(907) 465-6184

Division of Sport Fish Encourages People to Utilize Online Resources

(Headquarters) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game – Division of Sport Fish is encouraging the public to practice social distancing by calling staff with inquiries and using online resources to obtain permits, licenses, or angling information. This is in an effort to minimize the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). ADF&G staff are committed to continuing to serve the public while maintaining a healthy and safe working environment. A list of frequently accessed online resources is provided below.

Please visit our online store if you need to:

  • Purchase a license or register a sport fishing guide or guide business
  • Apply for a Senior or Disabled Veteran License
  • Obtain a sport, personal use, or subsistence permit

Report your personal use or subsistence fishing permit harvest online.

Sport fishing guides and business operators:

  • Sport fishing guide or business registration information can be found here.
  • Saltwater log book information can be found here (Saltwater charter businesses should consider signing up to use eLogBook).

If you have questions for our staff, ADF&G offices contact information can be found here.

For the latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage.
  • Please visit the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) webpage.

For more information, please contact Deputy Director Tom Taube at (907) 465-6184.

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Updated December 16, 2019

Today (December 16, 2019) is the deadline to apply for 2020-2021 CSH Moose and Caribou

If you are interested in applying for the community subsistence hunt under the Ahtna Tene Nene’ Group, go to www.hunt.alaska.gov and follow directions.

Before you apply online, contact Ms. Stickwan or Kathryn Martin at (907) 822-3476 to get group numbers for moose and caribou.

If you apply, you and your household will be locked in the Ahtna Tene Nene group for two years.

If you wish to receive an “Any Bull” locking tag, you will have to fill out a CSH Tier II questionnaire on the moose application. You and your household members will be scored points based upon answers given on customary and direct dependence on the game population for human consumption, and mainstay of livelihood upon the game population.

 

Updated December 11, 2019

If you are interested in applying for the community subsistence hunt under the Ahtna Tene Nene’  Group, go to  www.hunt.alaska.gov and follow directions.

Deadline to apply for CSH Moose and Caribou is December 16, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.

Before you apply online, contact Ms. Stickwan or Kathryn Martin at (907) 822-3476 to get group numbers for moose and caribou.

If you apply, you and your household will be locked in the Ahtna Tene Nene’ group for two years.

If you wish to receive an “Any Bull” locking tag, you will have to fill out a CSH Tier II questionnaire on the moose application. You and your household members will be scored points based upon answers given on customary and direct dependence on the game population for human consumption, and mainstay of livelihood upon the game population.

 

Updated November 1, 2019

If you are interested in applying for the community subsistence hunt under the Ahtna Tene Nene’ Group, go to www.hunt.alaska.gov and follow directions.

You may apply online from November 1, 2019 to December 16, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.

Before you apply online, contact Ms. Stickwan or Kathryn Martin at (907) 822-3476 to get group numbers for moose and caribou.

If you apply, you and your household will be locked in the Ahtna Tene Nene group for two years.

If you wish to receive an “Any Bull” locking tag, you will have to fill out a CSH Tier II questionnaire on the moose application. You and your household members will be scored points based upon answers given on customary and direct dependence on the game population for human consumption and mainstay of livelihood upon the game population.

Unit 13E Community Hunt Moose Bag Limit Changes by Emergency Order

Unit 13E Community Hunt Moose Bag Limit Changes by Emergency Order

 

 

 


AITRC Cooperative Management Agreement

The Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC), which was established by Ahtna, Inc., Chitina Native Corporation and the 8 federally recognized tribes of the Ahtna region, signed an agreement in 2016 with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy to create a cooperative management demonstration project. The agreement will help maintain the Ahtna people’s customary and traditional hunting practices on Ahtna lands. AITRC is successfully building wildlife management capacity through collaboration and cooperative management programs with state and federal agencies.You can view the press release announcing the Cooperative Management Agreement signing here.

The two videos below detail the struggles of the Ahtna people to maintain their customary & traditional rights under the current system while also presenting a solution that will benefit all Alaskans.


Ahtna Voice of the Elders: A Perspective on the History of the Ahtna People’s Customary & Traditional Practices and the Need for Wildlife Co-Management:


Details of Ahtna’s Tribal Wildlife Co-Management Legislative Proposal: