Subsistence Resource Commission

Subsistence Resource Commission members gathered around a table discussing issues.
Members of the Subsistence Resource Commission holding their bi-annual meeting in Copper Center, AK.

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The Subsistence Resource Commission (SRC) provides a venue for local subsistence users to have input into the management of subsistence resources in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The purpose of the Commission is to recommend to the Governor of Alaska and the Secretary of the Interior a program for subsistence hunting within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Since the establishment of the federal subsistence management program in 1990, the SRC has also been making recommendations on proposals for hunting and fishing regulations (e.g., harvest limits, seasons, and customary and traditional use determinations) affecting Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve directly to the federal subsistence Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) and the Federal Subsistence Board.

The Commission is comprised of nine local rural residents representing geographic, cultural, and user diversity from within the region. SRC members are appointed by the governor (3 members), the Secretary of the Interior (3 members), and the federal subsistence RACs (one each from the Southcentral, Eastern Interior and Southeast RACs).

The current members (2017) are:

  • Karen Linnell Chair (Glennallen)
  • Dan Stevens Vice Chair (Chitina)
  • Sue Entsminger (Mentasta Pass)
  • Donald Horrell (Tazlina)
  • Gloria Stickwan (Tazlina)
  • Robert Fithian (Lower Tonsina)
  • Suzanne McCarthy (Gakona)
  • Raymond Sensmeier (Yakutat)
  • Jamie Marunde (Anchorage)

The SRC generally meets twice a year in September/October and February/March. Meetings are open to the public, and public comments are welcome.

The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet at the park’s Visitor Center in Copper Center on Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27, 2017, starting at 9 AM each day. Commission business will include an opportunity to comment on proposals to change federal subsistence wildlife regulations and a discussion of in-season management of the federal subsistence fishery in the Chitina Subdistrict. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. For additional information, call Barbara Cellarius at 822-7236. Fall 2017 Meeting News Release
Meeting Agenda

Last updated: January 4, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
PO Box 439
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway

Copper Center, AK 99573


(907) 822-5234

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